Art History Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art History Fellowships at The Met are an opportunity for scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. The Fellows are fully integrated into the life of The Met and, through weekly gatherings and discussions, take part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met. Fellows are given a workspace and access to libraries, collections, research facilities, labs, and the time and space to think.

Fellowship Period

All fellows, with the one exception of Theodore Rousseau Fellows, must be in residence at The Met during the fellowship period.

All fellowships must take place between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.


PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars are eligible to apply.

Junior fellows are those applicants who are currently working on their PhD; senior fellows are those who hold aPhD on the date of application and/or are well-established scholars.

The Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship and the Polaire Weissman Fund Fellowship are open to candidates who have completed their master's degree or are in the process of completing their PhD.


Applicants submit a specific research proposal that makes use of the Museum's collection and/or resources, and accepted fellows spend the majority of their time working on that project.

All fellows, with the one exception of Theodore Rousseau Fellows, can be asked to assist the hosting curatorial departments with projects that complement their approved proposal. Not all departments request this assistance.

The Met offers a Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship for training in an interdisciplinary approach, joining art-historical research with technical investigation of the Museum's Northern Renaissance paintings. The Museum also offers a small number of Theodore Rousseau Fellowships for travel abroad to conduct research related to paintings in European collections.


The number of fellowships awarded depends on funds and resources available.

The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for junior fellows and $52,000 for senior fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of six weeks).

Application date
4 Nov 2016
Date of residence
1 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018
1 year
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities Art & Art History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Junior: US$ 42.000; senior: US$ 52.000 + travel funds