Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation works in the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The Research Scholar is fully integrated into the life of The Met and is given unique access to the inner workings of the Museum through a rich program of tours, roundtable discussions, and workshops.


The Research Scholar in the Department of Photograph Conservation conducts a research project based on the Museum's resources and its collections of photographs, in addition to participating in the preventive conservation and exhibition-related activities of the Photograph Conservation lab. Successful candidates will propose focused research built around the Museum's collections that furthers The Met's academic mission and contributes to the field of photograph conservation. Applicants are welcome to present their own areas of study based on these criteria or to submit proposals on recent topics of interest. The proposals may include technical, analytical, and historical characterization of the methods and materials of a single artist, artistic movement, or particular time period. Collaborative and innovative approaches to conducting research and visualizing data are welcome.

Examples of past research projects include a technical and historical investigation of E. J. Bellocq's working methods; the characterization of photographs in The Diane Arbus Archive; measurement and documentation of color change in photographs using densitometry, spectrophotometry, and micro-fading; and the application of anoxic enclosures for conservation of photographic objects, focusing on the effectiveness of these packages for long-term preservation of autochrome plates. Further information about the Department of Photograph Conservation's research endeavors and analytical capabilities are available here.

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Fellowship Period

Fellowships are for 24 months, beginning on September 1 following the application deadline.

The Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation Fellowship carries the possibility of renewal for a third year.


The Research Scholar is expected to have a graduate degree in conservation or equivalent experience and should be completely committed to the conservation of photographs as their area of specialization.


The stipend amount is $52,000 per year, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

How to Apply

All applications 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 predoctoral (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 Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is 5 pm (EST) on Friday, December 2.

In addition to the CV, official transcripts (junior applicants only), 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 expect to accomplish during the fellowship period, and how you can utilize the Museum's resources and collections to achieve your objectives
  • A brief schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period (separate from project proposal)

View an overview of the application (PDF).


Application date
24 months
Humanities : Arts and Art history, History