Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships in Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships in Cubism Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Founded in the spring of 2013, The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art is a leading center for scholarship on modern art. While maintaining a special focus on the study of Cubism and its enduring impact, the Research Center encourages new directions in the broader field of modern art, architecture, design, and visual culture around the world. Each year, The Met offers two fellowships in the Research Center. One two-year position is intended for a predoctoral candidate who is embarking on a dissertation; the other fellowship is reserved for a qualified postdoctoral scholar at any career stage and may be one or two years in duration.

Fellowships in the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art offer an exceptional opportunity for scholars of modernism to conduct focused research on an independent project, while contributing to the activities and programs of the Research Center. Recent fellowships have supported the work of scholars focused on such topics as Art Brut, Czech Modernism, Dada, Brazilian modern art, interwar European Abstraction, Russian Constructivism, and Surrealism, in addition to the agents, dealers, and reception of Cubism.

Fellowship Period

All Leonard A. Lauder Fellows must be in residence at The Met during the fellowship period.

Predoctoral fellowships are for 24 months and must take place between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2024.

Postdoctoral fellowships may be 12 or 24 months in duration and must take place between September 1, 2020, and (depending on the length of the fellowship) August 31, 2023, or August 31, 2024.


The stipend amount for one year is $45,000 for predoctoral fellows and $55,000 for postdoctoral fellows.

During the fellowship period and at the Museum's discretion, Leonard A. Lauder Fellows will be eligible to receive one or more travel stipends.

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 Leonard A. Lauder Fellowship in Modern Art 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 submit a project proposal that includes:

  • A two-part statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, specifying what you wish to accomplish during the fellowship period and detailing how you can utilize the Museum’s resources to accomplish your goals
  • A critical bibliographic statement, not to exceed 500 words
  • A biographical statement, not to exceed 500 words—this is optional, but is an opportunity for you to share information about you and your work that cannot be learned from a school transcript or résumé 
  • A tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period. Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships should indicate whether they are applying for a one- or two-year period.
  • A tentative schedule of travel required (maximum of six weeks) during the fellowship period 
Application date
1 or 2 years
Humanities : Architecture and urbanism, Arts and Art history