Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This fellowship is offered every other year. The next application deadline will be in November 2023 (for the 2024–2026 fellowship program).


This two-year fellowship is devoted to a specific Met project and provides curatorial training and an opportunity for the fellow to engage with a community of scholars from around the world. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the Museum's curatorial departments. The individual works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship.

The fellow also has the opportunity to undertake an independent project in consultation with his or her supervising curator. Through weekly gatherings and discussions, the fellow takes part in research-sharing workshops that expand dialogue and foster a community of intellectual engagement.

Fellowship Period

Fellowships are 24 months in length, beginning on September 1 following the application deadline. All fellowships must take place within this two-year period.


Candidate must hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology with a specialization related to one of the projects above. The candidate must have received the degree within five years of the start date of the fellowship (that is, September 1 of the year following the application deadline).


Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

In anticipation of the Museum's imminent renovation and groundbreaking redesign of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) seeks a specialist of arts of Africa to assist with a comprehensive reassessment of The Met's collection of African arts spanning from 500 B.C. to the present. Comprising more than 4,000 works in a vast array of media from 39 nations and over 200 distinct cultures, The Met's holdings of African arts represent an unparalleled opportunity for a scholar to offer significant contributions to the planning of a new, permanent display that fully reflects the significant areas of growth and scholarship currently redefining the field. Accordingly, the recipient of this fellowship will play a vital role in enriching our knowledge of the collection and—through training, mentorship, and directed research—gain invaluable insights in defining new standards of presenting African arts to international audiences.

In addition, the fellow will assist with the implementation of a recently initiated collaborative project between AAOA and the Department of Scientific Research that aims to refine the dating of works in our collection through the testing and interpretation of data pertaining to African wood sculptures. As such, this latter initiative offers the potential for a major contribution to the historiography of African arts through the integration of these findings into the new layout of the African galleries in a more rigorous chronological presentation of our geographic survey.

The ideal candidate for this two-year fellowship is a professional seeking to enter curatorial pipelines in Africa and the U.S. and is fluent in French (in addition to English). The recipient of this fellowship will work in close collaboration with the Curator in Charge as well as the Associate Curator of African Art, shadowing them in their day-to-day activities.

Egyptian Art

The Met's Department of Egyptian Art seeks an Egyptologist specializing in Egyptian constructions of the divine realm in ancient texts, temple decoration, and material culture. The fellow's strong expertise in texts will complement the analysis of the visual and material culture of ancient Egypt at the core of a major exhibition tentatively titled The Gods of Ancient Egypt, currently scheduled for 2025. Drawing on the scholarly literature pertaining to ancient Egyptian religion and personal expertise, the selected individual will participate in elaborating the narrative of the exhibition, which has already been under development for over a year, as well as researching the primary objects needed to convey this complex history.

Additional responsibilities will include: 1) studying the Museum's permanent collection and proposed loans, including correcting and updating records and bibliography in The Museum System (TMS) and assisting with international loan paperwork; 2) developing detailed discussions of how particular objects relate to the divine realm or other meanings of relevance to the Department, possibly resulting in publication; 3) examining objects in anticipation of conservation and photography; 4) preparing educational materials in consultation with the Department's curators and the Education and Digital Departments; and 5) proposing and preparing a rotation of facsimiles that complements the exhibition theme.

The ideal candidate for this two-year fellowship holds a PhD in Egyptology with a focus on religion in ancient Egypt, has a strong interest in museums—especially the preparation of a large exhibition, and possesses an enthusiastic willingness to take on a portion of the daily work that the Department of Egyptian Art manages. The individual will work directly with the Curator in Charge of Egyptian Art, who is organizing the exhibition.


The fellow will receive:

• An annual salary of $60,770
• Fringe benefits
• A stipend of up to $6,000 for research-related travel

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow is a temporary full-time exempt employee of The Met.

How to Apply

All applications to The Met Fellowship Program must be submitted online and in English. Academic and Professional Programs will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person.

Materials Required for All Applications

The following materials must be included with all applications (as .doc or .pdf files):

• Curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
• Three letters of recommendation, at least one academic and one professional, uploaded directly by the recommenders, none of whom may be current Met staff. Recommenders are encouraged to submit their letters in English.
• Project proposal or statement (see instructions for specific fellowships below)
• Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)—for junior fellowship applicants only

For more information about the application process, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If your question is not answered there, please contact us at

All applicants will be notified by the last Friday in February following the application deadline.

Program-Specific Application Requirements: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The deadline for Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is 5 pm (EST) on the first Friday in November.

In addition to the CV, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, please also include:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position
  • A statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Museum’s collection and activities. Include relevant experiences related to your chosen curatorial project area.
  • A copy of a published paper or recent writing sample

Finalists for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship will be called for an interview. Please note: Applicants may apply for a History of Art and Visual Culture Fellowship as well as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship in the same application cycle.


Application date
2 years
Humanities : Archaeology, Arts and Art history