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Conservation Fellowships

Advanced Training Fellowship in Conservation

The conservation division of the National Gallery of Art is seeking applications for a fellowship position in modern paintings conservation. The fellowship is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The three-year fellowship will commence in the fall of 2015 and include a yearly stipend starting at $33,000 plus funds each year for travel and research.

The treatment fellowship is devoted to examination, maintenance, and conservation of modern and contemporary works of art, as well as research related on contemporary artists’ material. The fellow 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 fellowship. Applicants should have no more than five years of post-graduation conservation-related work experience. 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
  • 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).

The materials should be postmarked with a return address no later than March 6, 2015 and sent to:

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

Formal applications must be postmarked and mailed. In addition, they must also be submitted electronically to [email protected].

After a preliminary selection, final candidates may be invited for an interview, when a portfolio of conservation treatments and research should be presented.


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


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