Career Opportunities

Met Fellowship

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces two new positions funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Curatorial Research/Collections Specialist Fellows will provide scholarly support for the curatorial program through focused art historical research and cataloguing of the Museum's permanent collection.

The Curatorial Research Fellows will work with a curatorial mentor to learn best practices in cataloguing, with the goal of presenting full catalogue information for the records of their host department. This will involve research on issues of authentication, dating, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. The fellow will also transfer all paper-based records for the selected group to the Museum's collections database for integration on the website. Fellows will be encouraged to contribute to the creation of digital tools for communicating their collections research. They will also work with conservators, scientists, educators, digital media staff, and other professionals during their tenure.

Curatorial Research Fellows will be expected to take part in the Museum's broader, renowned fellowship program, which includes a variety of events such as an annual colloquium, meetings and events with numerous other Museum departments and staff, exhibition and collection tours, and gatherings of all Museum-sponsored fellows throughout the year.

Each Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research/Collections Specialist Fellow is a temporary full-time exempt employee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The position is for one year renewable for a second year. The position starts in September 2014. Annual salary is $50,000 plus fringe benefits and a $6,000 research travel allowance.
Department Areas and Projects
Applicants whose work falls in one of the following subject areas may apply:

Arms and Armor
To research and catalogue a group of approximately 1,400 objects from India and South East Asia, including armor, shields, edge weapons, bows, firearms, and equestrian equipment. Applicants must have a demonstrated understanding of the history, cultures, and arts of India and South East Asia.

Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
To research and catalogue a group of approximately 300 African textiles, primarily from West and Central Africa. Applicants should have a specialization in textile history and familiarity with Africa's diverse textile traditions.

Islamic Art
To research and catalogue a group of approximately 3,000 pieces of metalwork, including jewelry and material excavated at Nishapur. Applicants should have a degree in Islamic art history and a demonstrated interest in metalwork. Proficiency in Arabic and Persian epigraphy is desirable.

Medieval Art and the Cloisters
To research and catalogue the extensive holdings of late medieval sculpture (1100-1520). Applicants should have a background in late-medieval European art.

To research and catalogue a group of more than 9,000 photographs from the Gilman Paper Company Collection of photographs, including early French, British, and American photography as well as masterpieces from the turn-of-the-century and modernist periods. Applicants must have a demonstrated specialization in some aspect of the first hundred years of photography and excellent handling skills.
The position is for individuals who hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology and conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (between September 1, 2009 and September 1, 2014).

Experience and Skills:

Demonstrated experience in accomplishing original research on objects in the field of the host department
Strong computer skills required; knowledge of TMS desirable
Proven competency in conceptualizing and producing innovative online forms of scholarly communication desirable
Capacity for sustained, meticulous, systematic attention to detail
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Intellectual rigor and curiosity
Excellent organizational and communication skills
See the additional specific qualifications required for each subject area above

How to Apply:
All applications must be submitted online and in English. We will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person. The online application form is available at:

You will be required you to provide the following as a single file (PDF or Microsoft Word) in the following order:

Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position
Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
A statement, not to exceed one thousand words, specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Museum's collections and activities. Include relevant experiences related to your chosen curatorial project area.

The deadline for all application materials is January 31, 2014. All applicants will be notified by March 7, 2014.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at


Philips Collection

Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Phillips Collection and GWU *Deadline:*01/15/14

The fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have received their PhDs
within the past five years. Applicants must have received their PhDs by
January 15, 2014. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects
focus on subjects related to the museum's areas of collecting and
reinterpret the topic via innovative methodological approaches or
alternative perspectives.

The next fellowship opportunity is July 2014 through June 2015. Deadline
for receipt of the application is January 15, 2014. To apply, send a cover
letter, CV, a one-page research proposal, a sample syllabus for a proposed
undergraduate or graduate course, and two letters of reference.

All application materials must be sent electronically in one PDF document


Frick Collection

The Frick Collection, September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2016
Application deadline: Jan 17, 2014

Position Summary:
The Frick Collection is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year predoctoral fellowship for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship will offer invaluable curatorial training and will provide the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation. Internationally renowned for its exceptional collection of Western European art from the early Renaissance through the end of the nineteenth century, The Frick Collection, complemented by the equally significant resources of the Frick Art Reference Library, offers a unique opportunity for object-based research. The fellowship is best suited to a student working on a dissertation that pertains to one of the major strengths of the Collection and Library.

The Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow will have an opportunity to work with curatorial and educational staff on research for special exhibitions and on the permanent collection. Other curatorial training responsibilities include participation in the organization of the annual Symposium on the History of Art, a two-day event co-sponsored with the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; the preparation, in coordination with a curator, of a focus exhibition around a work of art in the Collection; and participation in the daily administrative routines of a small museum. The Fellow will have a place of study, access to the collections and library, as well as introductions to New York City museums and libraries. Frick curators and conservation staff will be available for consultation on the dissertation. The Fellow will be expected to give a public lecture on his or her topic. The Fellow will divide his or her time between the completion of the dissertation and activities in the curatorial department.

Qualifications and Application Process:
Applicants must be within the final two years of completing their dissertations. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $36,250 per year and a travel allowance. The term will begin in September 2014 and conclude in August 2016.

Applications must include the following materials:
• A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship and his or her status in the Ph.D. program. The letter should include a home address, phone number, and email address.
• An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages double-spaced,
describing the applicant's area of research.
• A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications.
• A copy of a published paper or a writing sample.
• Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional).

Please submit application materials to
Letters of recommendation should be sent to this address directly from recommenders. PDFs of signed letters on university or business stationary are preferred.

The application deadline for the fellowship is January 17, 2014.Finalists will be interviewed. The Frick Collection plans to make the appointment in early April.

Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection:
The Anne L. Poulet fellow is considered a full-time temporary employee for the duration of his/her fellowship and may access all benefits associated with full-time employment status. Such as eligibility to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and the type of coverage they select. Other benefits include: short and long term disability insurance; employee contributed tax deferred annuity; flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs; 13 paid holidays; and accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment (25 days second year). Additionally, The Frick Collection provides a dining service for all employees and volunteers.


American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's first learned society, invites applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship.

The APS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the fields of history of science, art history, 18th- or 19th-century American history, or any other related humanities disciplines. The fellowship, based in the APS Museum, will provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society's library and museum.

Please visit the APS website for further details: