The Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships

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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. We also welcome applications for time-based media projects in the Department of Photograph Conservation.

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

Note: The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship (24 months) is based in the Department of Drawings and Prints and encourages collaborative research projects with the Departments of Paper Conservation and Scientific Research. Open to recent MA recipients or PhD candidates with training in conservation or research science.

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.

Note: The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship is a 24-month fellowship.

Eligibility

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.

Funding

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

The deadline for Conservation Fellowship and Scientific Research Fellowship application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is 5 pm (EST) on Friday, December 2.

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 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 brief 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 (separate from project proposal)

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)

View an overview of the application (PDF).

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Institution
Application date
Duration
12 or 24 months
Discipline
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Archaeology, Arts and Art history, History, Digital humanities and big data
Social sciences : Environmental Sciences
Other : Biology, Chemistry, Physics, mathematics and engineering