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Curatorial Fellowships

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce a postdoctoral curatorial fellowship for 2015-2018, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is a two-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The fellowship provides curatorial training and supports scholarly research related to the collections of the National Gallery of Art. The fellow is fully integrated into a specific curatorial department with duties, privileges, and status equivalent to those of an assistant curator. Time is divided between specific projects and general curatorial work within the department, which includes research on the collection and new acquisitions, work on the presentation of the collection, participation in aspects of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures. The fellow will plan and complete a project in consultation with his/her supervising curator.


Consideration is given to candidates working in fields represented by the Gallery's permanent collections of European and American art. Placements are available in the departments of Dutch and Flemish painting, nineteenth and twentieth century painting, modern and contemporary art, and photographs. The doctoral degree in art history (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) must be or have been officially conferred within three years of the start date of the fellowship. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

Kress Interpretive Fellowship

The purpose of the Kress Interpretive Fellowship at Art Museums program is to provide a new kind of mentored professional development opportunity within American art museums.  The program is intended to encourage students to explore interpretive careers in art museums, whether as future museum educators or curators; to strengthen the profession of museum educator within the art museum community; to strengthen ties between museum educators and curators in the shared task of interpretive programming in art museums; and to expand the range of promising career options available to students of art history and related fields.

Reflecting the goals of the fellowship program, the evaluation of applications is based on relative as well as independent criteria. Overall, the program seeks to support a set of professional development opportunities that offer

  • Opportunities to work collaboratively and in a team environment alongside both art museum educators and curators
  • Opportunities for students or graduates from a variety of North American academic programs in art history and related fields
  • Opportunities to work in a variety of institutions, including large municipal art museums, smaller regional art museums, and academic art museums
  • A combination of proven fellowship sites as well as opportunities at institutions that have not previously hosted Kress Interpretive Fellows


Application must be made by the art museum proposing to host a Kress Interpretive Fellow. The  fellowships are intended as an opportunity for individuals who have completed a degree (MA or PhD) in art history, art education, studio art, or museum studies and who are pursuing or contemplating graduate study or professional placement in these or related fields. For more information, please see the Samuel H. Kress Foundation website.


Department of Academic Programs
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
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Landover, MD 20785

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Please do not contact Gallery curators or other department heads directly regarding possible placement or projects.