Art History Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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. Fellows are fully integrated into the life of the Museum and are given unique access to the inner workings of The Met through a rich program of tours, roundtable discussions, and workshops. 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.

Fellowships are 12 months in length, beginning on September 1 following the application deadline and ending August 31 of the following calendar year. All fellowships must take place within this period.


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

The minimum education requirement is PhD candidacy, with the exception of The Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship and the Polaire Weissman Fund Fellowship, which are open to candidates who have completed their master's degree or are in the process of completing their PhD.

Predoctoral fellows are those applicants who are working on their PhD at the time that they submit their application; senior fellows are those who hold a PhD on the date of application and/or are well-established scholars.

In the past, Art History Fellows have had a background in fields including, but not limited to:

  • Art History/Architectural History
  • Archaeology/Anthropology
  • Linguistics/Philology
  • Literature
  • Religion Studies
  • Musicology


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

All fellows, with the single 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 special interdisciplinary fellowship supported by the Slifka Foundation for training in an interdisciplinary approach, joining art-historical research with technical investigation of the Museum's Northern Renaissance paintings. Note: The recipient of this fellowship will conduct research with the curator for the collection catalogue of early Netherlandish paintings.

The Museum also offers a small number of Theodore Rousseau Fellowships for travel abroad to conduct research related to paintings that are held in European collections.


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

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

Application date
3 Nov 2017
1 year
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Junior: US$ 42.000; senior: US$ 52.000 + travel funds