The Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships

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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.


There are two types of Conservation Fellowships: junior and senior. Junior fellows work closely with Met staff to receive training in scientific research and conservation practices. Senior fellows work on a specific research project that makes use of the Museum's collection and/or resources.

Learn more about the Conservation and Scientific Research departments, including departmental research interests, staff, and publications.

See a list of the Department of Scientific Research's primary areas of research interest.

Fellowship Period

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


Recent master's graduates, PhD candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and senior scientists and researchers are eligible to apply.

Junior fellows are those applicants who have recently completed graduate-level training. Senior fellows are well-established professionals with at least eight years of experience in the field and a proven publication record, or those who have their PhD in hand by the deadline date.

We encourage applications from those with a background in, but not limited to, conservation, conservation science, chemistry/physical chemistry, botany, and earth sciences/geology.


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).

See a list of endowed scientific and conservation fellowships.

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

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

Program-Specific Application Requirements

The deadline for Conservation Fellowship and Scientific Research Fellowship application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is 5 pm (EST) on the first Friday in December.

In addition to the CV, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, junior fellowship applicants must also include:

  • A statement of interest and intent, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing why The Met is uniquely suited to your fellowship objectives, what you expect to accomplish during the fellowship period, and how you will utilize the Museum's resources and collections to achieve your goal.

In addition to the CV, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, senior fellowship applicants must include:

  • A project proposal, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing why The Met is uniquely suited to your fellowship objectives, what you expect to accomplish during the fellowship period, and how you will utilize the Museum's resources and collections to achieve your objectives
  • A tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period and, if you are proposing a fellowship period shorter than one year, your proposed starting and ending dates

In addition to the CV, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and statement or project proposal, Paper Conservation applicants (junior or senior) must include:

  • Two treatment reports and associated documentation with explanations justifying the reason for treatment and decisions entering each stage of treatment (not to exceed 750 words per object)
Application date
1 year
Humanities : Arts and Art history
Social sciences : Environmental Sciences
Other : Chemistry