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Curatorial Fellowships

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

Applications are now closed. Please see the current interns and Fellows.

The National Gallery of Art hosts a postdoctoral curatorial fellowship 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 collection 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, including 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 the supervising curator.

Through weekly gatherings and discussions, the fellow takes part in research sharing and sessions that explore the inner workings of the Gallery.

Fellowship Period

The fellow must be in residence at the National Gallery of Art during the fellowship period, which lasts for two years, starting the September after the fellow is selected.


Consideration is given to candidates working in fields represented by the Gallery's permanent collection of European and American art. Placements are available in the departments of old master prints, sculpture and decorative arts, American paintings, 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 five years (preferably three years) of the start date of the fellowship. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.


The fellow will receive an annual salary of $56,500, plus research and travel expenses up to a maximum of $5,000.

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow is a full-time term employee of the National Gallery of Art and is eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program. The fellow, using an authorized public transportation method, will receive an employer-provided fare subsidy to apply toward monthly transit costs.

Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship, fellowship, or research assistantship without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. The National Gallery of Art offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online and in English. We will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person.

The online application requires you to provide the following:

  • Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position
  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • A statement, not to exceed one thousand words, specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Gallery's collection and activities. Include relevant experiences related to your chosen curatorial project area.
  • Copy of a published paper or recent writing sample
  • Contact information for three recommenders (at least one academic and one professional). Once you have submitted your recommenders' names, titles, and email addresses, they will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading their letters online. Please note that each letter must include the recommender's complete title and contact information.


Department of Academic Programs
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Contact us by email
(202) 842-6257

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


Please review a list of Frequently Asked Questions about internships.