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Advanced Training Fellowship in Conservation

The conservation division of the National Gallery of Art is seeking applications for fellowship positions in paper conservation, objects conservation, and paintings conservation. The fellowships are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation. The three-year fellowships will commence in the fall of 2016 and include a yearly stipend starting at $34,000 plus $2,000 each year for travel and research.

All treatment fellowships will be devoted to examination, maintenance, and conservation of works of art, as well as research related to the collection. All fellows will be expected to produce at least one publishable paper based on research completed during the fellowship award period. Lectures, symposia, and informal discussions contribute to the fellowship program, as do the significant resources of the Gallery, including the library, the photographic archives, all conservation departments, and the scientific research department.


Graduates from recognized training programs or candidates with equivalent training will be considered for the conservation fellowships. Applicants should have no more than five years of conservation-related work experience post graduation. A proven record of research and writing ability, as well as English-language skills, is required. Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, nationality, or race. Selected finalists who are not United States citizens must be eligible to obtain a three-year J-1 visa and provide proof of their own health insurance coverage during the fellowship period.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit the following materials in English:

  • Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study (although official transcripts are preferred, unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • A curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, current and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, and a description of previous conservation experience and internships
  • A short statement of the applicant's interests and intent in applying for the fellowship. Please specify the treatment discipline of interest interest (paper, objects, paintings) at the beginning of the short statement.
  • Offprints of any publications or lectures
  • Two supporting letters of recommendation from conservation professionals familiar with the candidate's work and one letter of personal reference (sent directly to the address below below or sent by e-mail to [email protected] directly by the referee from his or her business e-mail address).

Michael Skalka, Conservation Administrator
Conservation Division, National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, Maryland 20785

Applications should  be submitted electronically to [email protected].  All application material must be received no later than January 29, 2016

Please use [email protected] to request a copy of the guidelines for electronic transmission of application materials.

After a preliminary selection, final candidates may be invited for an interview. A portfolio of conservation treatments and research should be presented by the candidate at the interview.

All applicants will be notified by February 29, 2016 of the decision of the selection committee.


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Conservation Division
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
[email protected]