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Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships in Modern Art

Founded in the spring of 2013, The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art is a leading center for scholarship on modern art with a focus on Cubism and aims, through its various programs, to make critical contributions to the study of 20th-century art. Each year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers two fellowships in the Research Center to scholars studying Cubism or a related subject in modern art. One position is intended for a predoctoral candidate who is embarking on his or her dissertation; the other fellowship is reserved for a qualified postdoctoral scholar at any stage of his or her career. All Leonard A. Lauder Fellows are expected to contribute to the activities and programming of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art.

Program Information

All Leonard A. Lauder Fellows must be in residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during the fellowship period.

Predoctoral fellowships are for two years and must take place between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2020.

Postdoctoral fellowships may be one or two years in duration and must take place between September 1, 2018, and (depending on the length of the fellowship) August 31, 2019, or August 31, 2020.

The stipend amount for one year is $45,000 for predoctoral fellows and $55,000 for postdoctoral fellows.

During the fellowship period and at the Museum's discretion, Leonard A. Lauder Fellows will be eligible to receive one or more travel stipends.

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 
    • A bibliography, not to exceed one page, detailing the project's principal texts and source material
    • 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 for will be notified by the last Friday in February, following the application deadline.