Two fellowship positions funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provide scholarly support for the Museum’s curatorial program through focused art-historical research and cataloguing of the permanent collection.

The fellows work with a curatorial mentor to learn best practices in cataloguing, with the goal of presenting full catalogue information for selected object records of their host department. This involves research on issues of authentication, dating, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. The fellow also transfers all paper-based records
for the selected group of objects to The Museum System (TMS) collections-management database for integration on the Museum’s website.

Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the creation of online tools for communicating their collections research. They also work with conservators, scientists, educators, Digital
Media Department staff, and other professionals during their tenure.

The fellows are fully integrated into the community of fellows and, through weekly gatherings and workshops, take part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of the Met.

One of the fellowships may be hosted within the: Department of Egyptian Art: To catalogue over four thousand scarabs in the collection in order to make these
objects more available to the public and to curators considering their use and meaning in exhibitions and installations.


Individuals who hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology which was conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (between September 1, 2011, and September 1, 2016) are eligible to apply.

Fellowship Term

This position begins in September 2016. The position is for one year and is renewable for a second year.
Each Curatorial Research Fellow is a temporary full-time exempt employee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Annual salary is $54,636, plus fringe benefits and a $6,000 research travel allowance.

To apply click here

Deadline for all application materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation: October 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (ET)