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Advanced Training Fellowship in Modern Painting Conservation

The National Gallery of Art is offering a new fellowship in the painting conservation department. The two-year fellowship will commence in September 2022 and include a yearly stipend of $45,000, transit subsidy, plus $3,000 each year for travel and research. Health benefits will be provided to citizens of the United States. For those who are not US citizens, funds will be added to the yearly stipend to offset the cost of having to pay for health benefits out of pocket.

Working under the guidance of the National Gallery’s conservators, the fellow will focus on two areas: treatment of modern and contemporary paintings in the collection, and a self-selected research project that culminates in a publishable paper. The fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with conservators, scientists, and curators; to access the collections and advanced analytical instrumentation in the scientific research department; and to attend lectures and symposia, and participate in informal discussions.

Candidates should be graduates from a recognized master’s program in conservation or have equivalent training. They should have a proven record of research, the ability to write effectively, and no more than five years of work experience after graduation. Candidates must possess English-language skills. Applicants who are not US citizens will need to provide proof of health insurance coverage, including repatriation of remains, when applying for a J-1 visa through the National Gallery’s liaison with the Smithsonian Institution.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates must submit the following materials in English:

  • Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study (unofficial copies are accepted)
  • A curriculum vitae, including current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), and a description of previous conservation experience and internships
  • A statement of interest and intent (no more than two single-spaced pages)
  • Offprints or reprints of publications and lectures
  • Two letters of recommendation from conservation professionals familiar with the applicant’s work (emailed from the recommender directly to Michelle LeBleu, [email protected])
  • One letter of personal reference (emailed from the recommender directly to LeBleu)

File-naming convention for submissions:

Last Name_First Name_Document type (for instance, Transcripts)_Date (Year-Month-Day)

Formal applications and supporting materials must be submitted in PDF format by email to [email protected] and arrive at the National Gallery no later than February 28, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the decision by March 11, 2022.

The fellowship may begin on or after September 25, 2022, and will end September 21, 2024.

For inquiries, please contact:
Michelle LeBleu, Associate Administrator
[email protected]

Michelle LeBleu, Associate Administrator
[email protected]