Two fellowship positions funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provide scholarly support for the Museum’s curatorial program through focused art-historical research, cataloguing of the permanent collection, and advancing digital scholarship practices. The fellows work with a curatorial mentor to learn best practices in cataloguing, with the goal of developing full catalogue information for selected object records. This involves research on issues of authentication, dating, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography.
The fellows transfer all paper-based records for the selected group of objects to The Museum System (TMS) collections-management database for integration on the Museum’s website. Given the large volume of digitized information in the form of images, texts, and other data, the fellows are expected to explore new approaches and practices for communicating their collections research. They also work with conservators, scientists, educators, Digital Department staff, and other professionals during their tenure. The fellows are fully integrated into the life of The Met and are given unique access to the inner workings of the Museum through a rich program of tours, roundtable discussions, and workshops.
The deadline for Curatorial Research Fellowship application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is 5 pm (EST) on Friday, November 4.
In addition to the CV, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, please also include:
- A cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position
- A statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Museum’s collection and activities. Include relevant experiences related to your chosen curatorial project area.
- A digital interpretation statement, not to exceed 500 words, addressing the way in which you see yourself contributing to the development of new interpretive research models in the digital environment
For more information, please visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.