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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce a postdoctoral curatorial fellowship for 2017-2019, 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 collections 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, which includes 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 his/her supervising curator.


Consideration is given to candidates working in fields represented by the Gallery's permanent collections of European and American art. Placements are available in the departments of Dutch and Flemish painting, nineteenth and twentieth century painting, 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 three years of the start date of the fellowship. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow works full-time and may begin his/her term at a mutually agreed upon date. The stipend is approximately $54,000 per year. The fellow is eligible to receive health benefits and public transit subsidies. This is a two-year fellowship that carries the option of renewal for one additional year at the Gallery's discretion.

Application Materials

Complete application packets must include:

  1. Six copies of a cover letter that addresses the candidate's interest in the fellowship. It should include the applicant's home address, phone number, and, if available, e-mail address and/or fax number.
  2. Six copies of a statement (not to exceed three double-spaced typed pages) describing the applicant's past and future areas of research and their relationship to the museum's collections and activities
  3. Six copies of a published paper or other writing sample.
  4. Six copies of a complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional), which should be sent directly to the National Gallery of Art at the address listed below.


Complete application packets must be received by January 12, 2015. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Gallery staff and an outside specialist. Finalists will be notified and invited to Washington for interviews.

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.

Mailing Address

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


For additional information about National Gallery of Art internships and curatorial fellowships, please contact the department of academic programs by telephone at (202) 842-6257 or e-mail [email protected]

Department of Gallery and Studio Learning
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.