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Art History Fellowships

Fellowships at The Met are an opportunity for scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. Fellows are fully integrated into the life of the Museum and are given unique access to the inner workings of The Met through a rich program of tours, roundtable discussions, and workshops. Fellows are given a workspace and access to libraries, collections, research facilities, labs, and the time and space to think.

Program Information

All fellows, with the one exception of Theodore Rousseau Fellows, must be in residence at The Met during the fellowship period.

Fellowships are 12 months in length, beginning on September 1 following the application deadline and ending August 31 of the following calendar year. All fellowships must take place within this period.

PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars are eligible to apply.

The minimum education requirement is PhD candidacy, with the exception of The Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship and the Polaire Weissman Fund Fellowship, which are open to candidates who have completed their master's degree or are in the process of completing their PhD.

Predoctoral fellows are those applicants who are working on their PhD at the time that they submit their application; senior fellows are those who hold a PhD on the date of application and/or are well-established scholars.

In the past, Art History Fellows have had a background in fields including, but not limited to:

  • Art History/Architectural History
  • Archaeology/Anthropology
  • Linguistics/Philology
  • Literature
  • Religion Studies
  • Musicology

Applicants submit a specific, independent research proposal that makes use of the Museum's collection and resources. Accepted fellows spend the majority of their time working on their proposed project.

All fellows, with the single exception of Theodore Rousseau Fellows, can be asked to assist the hosting curatorial departments with projects that complement their approved proposal. Not all departments request this assistance.

The Met offers a special interdisciplinary fellowship supported by the Slifka Foundation for training in an interdisciplinary approach, joining art-historical research with technical investigation of the Museum's Northern Renaissance paintings. Note: The recipient of this fellowship will conduct research with the curator for the collection catalogue of early Netherlandish paintings.

The Museum also offers a small number of Theodore Rousseau Fellowships for travel abroad to conduct research related to paintings that are held in European collections.

The number of fellowships awarded depends on funds and resources available.

The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for predoctoral fellows and $52,000 for senior fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

See a list of endowed fellowships.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online and in English. We will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person.

The online application will require you to provide the following:

1. Documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • Project proposal including:
    • 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
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period
    • Tentative schedule of travel required (maximum of six weeks) during the fellowship period
  • For predoctoral applicants only: official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • List of any non–Metropolitan Museum fellowships or grants for which you have applied in the same period

2. Contact information for three recommenders (at least one academic and one professional), none of whom may be current Metropolitan Museum of Art staff. Once you have submitted your recommenders' names, titles, and email addresses, they will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading their letters online. Please note that each letter must include the recommender's complete title and contact information. We encourage recommenders to submit letters in English.

The deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is the first Friday in November at 5 pm (EST).

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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.

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