Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Applicants are international in background, diverse in focus, and varied in their perspectives and training. Each year The Met creates a closely knit community of scholars whose individual interests collectively illuminate the Museum's collection of artworks spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Exploring new avenues of research in art history, visual culture, education and public practice, and critical theory, fellows expand, challenge, and actively redefine the very limits and purview of these disciplines by introducing fresh ideas drawn from philosophy, anthropology, museum studies, historiography, conservation, and the material sciences.


Applicants submit a specific, independent research project that makes use of the Museum's collection and resources. Accepted fellows spend the majority of their time working on their proposed project.

The Met offers a special interdisciplinary fellowship supported by the Slifka Foundation for training in an interdisciplinary approach, which joins art-historical research with technical investigation of the Museum's Northern Renaissance paintings. Note: The project changes every year. The 2020 recipient of this fellowship will conduct research with the curator for the collection catalogue of early Netherlandish paintings.

The Museum also offers a small number of Theodore Rousseau Fellowships for travel abroad to conduct research related to paintings in European collections.

The majority of fellows will have an opportunity to assist the hosting curatorial departments with projects that complement their approved proposal. Not all departments request this assistance.

Fellowship Period

The fellowship period is September 1 through August 31. All fellowships must take place within this period. All fellows, with the one exception of Theodore Rousseau Fellows, must be in residence at The Met for the entirety of their 12-month fellowship period.


Predoctoral fellowships are available to those applicants who are working on their PhD at the time that they submit their application. Senior fellowships are available to those who hold a PhD on the date of application and/or are well-established scholars.

We encourage applications from those with backgrounds in fields including, but not limited to, History of Art and Architecture, Critical Theory, Media Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology, Linguistics and Philology, English Literature, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Musicology.

Requirements vary depending on the fellowship.

The Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship and the Polaire Weissman Fund Fellowships are open to candidates who have completed their master's degree or are in the process of completing their PhD.


The number of fellowships awarded depends on funds and resources available.Junior fellows receive a stipend of $42,000. Senior fellows receive a stipend of $52,000. Both junior and senior fellows also receive up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

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

Please read Program-Specific Application Requirements below. Depending on the category of fellowship for which you are applying, additional materials may be required.

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 academic.programs@metmuseum.org.

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

Program-Specific Application Requirements

The deadline for History of Art and Visual Culture 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 project proposal, not to exceed 1,000 words, specifying why The Met is uniquely suited to your fellowship objectives, what you wish to accomplish during the fellowship period, and how you can utilize the Museum's resources and collections to achieve your goals
  • A tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period
  • A tentative schedule of travel required (maximum of six weeks) during the fellowship period

Due to limited resources and staff time in the Department of Scientific Research and the conservation departments, some proposed scientific analysis or conservation work components may not be able to be accommodated.

Application date
1 year
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