The Metropolitan Museum of Art annually welcomes a vibrant group of graduate students, museum professionals, and senior scholars from across the United States and around the world to undertake independent study and research. The diversity of fellows' projects reflects the historic and geographic diversity of the Museum's collection. As part of the program, fellows become immersed in the life of the Museum through behind-the-scenes tours, weekly gatherings with members of the Museum staff, and tours of the collection and exhibitions. Through informal conversations and structured workshops, fellows share their research questions and expertise. Each spring the fellows present their work in progress to Museum staff and the academic community during the annual fellows colloquia. As they look closely at objects together, discuss research questions, or simply share the experience of New York City over the course of a year, fellows form long-lasting professional and personal relationships.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers annual resident and travel fellowships in art history to qualified graduate students at the predoctoral level as well as to postdoctoral researchers. Projects should relate to the Museum's collection.
A postdoctoral curatorial fellowship is offered for curatorial training and scholarly research. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the Museum's curatorial departments and exposed to the full range of curatorial work. This two-year fellowship is available to eligible individuals who demonstrate scholarly excellence as well as a strong commitment to the curatorial profession.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Conservation and Scientific Research Fellowships provide training, hands-on treatment of works of art, and research opportunities for junior conservators and scientists in the field. The fellowships also support senior scholars carrying out independent research projects related to the Museum's collection. All fellowship recipients are required to spend the fellowship in residence in the department with which they are affiliated, and are expected to participate in departmental activities.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces two new positions funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Curatorial Research Fellows will provide scholarly support for the curatorial program through focused art historical research and cataloguing of the Museum's permanent collection.
A Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation is offered in alternate years for research related to issues of historic and contemporary processes, preservation, analysis, and treatment of photographs. This two-year fellowship is intended to further the development of young conservators in the field of photograph conservation.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces a new fellowship in museum education and public practice 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.
The Museum has supported more than fourteen hundred researchers since the fellowship program began in 1951. Many of the participants have gone on to become professors, curators, conservators, or directors of institutions in the museum and academic worlds.