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Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation

Fellowships at The Met are an opportunity for a community of scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. The Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation works on-site in the photograph conservation lab of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The Research Scholar is fully integrated into the life of The Met and is given unique access to the inner workings of the Museum through a rich program of tours, roundtable discussions, and workshops.

Program Information

Fellowships are for a two-year period, beginning on September 1 of the calendar year following the application deadline.

The Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation Fellowship carries the possibility of renewal to a third year.

The Research Scholar is expected to have a graduate degree in conservation or equivalent experience and should be completely committed to the conservation of photographs as his or her area of specialization.

The Research Scholar in the Department of Photograph Conservation conducts a research project based on the Museum's resources and its collections of photographs, in addition to participating in the preservation- and exhibition-related activities of the Photograph Conservation lab. Successful candidates will propose focused research built around the Museum's collections that furthers The Met's academic mission and contributes to the field of photograph conservation.

Examples of previous research projects include a technical and historical investigation of E. J. Bellocq's working methods; the characterization of photographs in The Diane Arbus Archive; measurement and documentation of color change in photographs using densitometry, spectrophotometry, and micro-fading; and the application of anoxic enclosures for conservation of photographic objects, focusing on the effectiveness of these packages for long-term preservation of autochrome plates. Further information about the Department of Photograph Conservation's research endeavors and analytical capabilities can be accessed here.

The stipend amount is $52,000 per year, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

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 statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing what you expect to accomplish during the fellowship period and how you will utilize the Museum's resources and collection to achieve your objectives
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period and proposed starting and ending dates

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.

This fellowship is offered every other year. The deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is the first Friday in December 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.