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Museum Education and Public Practice Fellowship

Deepen your teaching practice and explore connections between public practice, education, and the humanities as the Museum Education and Public Practice Fellow at The Met.

Each year, one fellow is selected to focus on gallery teaching and interpretation within the context of art museums, examining aspects of the intersection of museum learning, education theory and philosophy, art practice and art history, cultural and social history, and/or the sciences. During his or her tenure, the fellow teaches, trains, and shares knowledge about educational practices with the internal and external Museum community. In addition, the fellow contributes to the teaching of various constituents, including families with children, adults, and Museum volunteers.

Additionally, the Museum Education and Public Practice Fellow is expected to fulfill certain public programming requirements. These are:

  • To engage with the public and with peers at least twice during the course of the fellowship (Example: by leading a public program or a discussion with staff or peers) 
  • To work with staff in The Met's Education Department to develop a half- or full-day public program, including a lecture and/or roundtable discussion, in order to open a dialogue about museum education and public practice for the New York City and broader tri-state audience

Program Information

The fellow must be in residence at The Met for the duration of the fellowship period.

The term of the fellowship is six months and must take place between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.

Applicants to the Museum Education and Public Practice Fellowship at The Met should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have significant experience in the museum field
  • Work in a field that intersects with museum education practices, such as public or community-based programming, socially engaged art practices, curatorial practice, evaluation, audience or social research, etc.
  • Have received their master's in museum education or a related field by the time of application; PhD applicants are also encouraged to apply. PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars are eligible to apply.

The stipend amount is $21,000, with up to an additional $6,000 for research-related travel (maximum of two weeks) and miscellaneous expenses.

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
  • A project proposal including:
    • A 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. The statement must also discuss the issues pertaining to museum education and public practice you wish to investigate during the fellowship period, how this research is relevant to the field, and how it will advance the work of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as that of your own institution, if applicable.
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period and proposed starting and ending dates
    • Tentative schedule of travel (maximum of two weeks) required during the fellowship period
  • List of other 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.