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Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowship in Preventive Conservation

With an endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Gallery of Art is offering a fellowship in the preventive conservation department. The three-year fellowship will commence in September 2023 and include a yearly stipend of $47,000, plus health benefits and $3,000 each year for travel and research. For non-US citizens an additional $7,000 will be included in the yearly stipend (for a total of $54,000 per year). This additional funding would be spread out over each year of the fellowship, not a lump sum payment. The purpose is to help offset the cost of paying out of pocket for health insurance as well as medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage. All fellows, regardless of nationality, will have an opportunity to apply for transit benefits for their commuting costs to and from the Gallery.

Working under the guidance of the Gallery’s conservators and scientists, the fellow will focus on two aspects: treatment of the frame 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, and will also have access to the Gallery’s collections and to advanced analytical instrumentation available in the scientific research department. Lectures, symposia, and informal discussions at the National Gallery of Art contribute to the fellowship program.


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

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit the following materials in English:

  • Transcripts of courses of academic study (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • A curriculum vitae including basic biographical information and current and permanent addresses, telephone number, and a description of previous conservation experience and internships
  • A statement of interest and intent (no more than two single-spaced pages) in applying for the fellowship
  • Offprints/reprints in PDF format of publications and lectures
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the candidate’s work (emailed directly to the address below)
  • One letter of personal reference (emailed directly to the address below). The personal reference, sometimes known as the character reference, is a brief assessment of you as an individual provided by someone who knows you outside of work.

File naming convention for submissions:

Last Name_First Name_Document type (e.g., 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 January 31, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of February 2023.

The fellowship may begin on or after September 24, 2023 and will end September 19, 2026.

For inquiries, please contact:

Michelle LeBleu, Associate Administrator
[email protected]

Michelle LeBleu, Associate Administrator
[email protected]