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Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowship in Painting Conservation

The conservation division of the National Gallery of Art is offering a conservation fellowship in the painting treatment studio supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The three-year fellowship will commence in the fall of 2012 and will include a $33,000 annual stipend plus $2,000 each year for travel and research.

The fellowship will be devoted to conservation treatments at the National Gallery of Art and research related to the collections. The fellow will be expected to produce a publishable paper based on his or her research project before the end of the appointment. Lectures, symposia, and informal discussions contribute to the fellowship program, as do the significant resources of the Gallery, including the library, photographic archives, and the scientific research department.


Graduates from recognized training programs or candidates with equivalent training will be considered. Applicants should have no more than five years of conservation-related work experience. A proven record of research and writing ability, as well as English-language skills, are required. Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, nationality, or race. Selected finalists who are not United States citizens must 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, and 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; applicant must specify the treatment discipline desired within 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)

The materials should be postmarked no later than February 15, 2012, 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. E-mail address for inquiries only: [email protected]

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 March 30, 2012, of the decision of the selection committee.