National Gallery of Art - RESOURCES

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 modern and contemporary 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 2013 and include a yearly stipend starting at $33,000 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:

The materials should be postmarked with a return address no later than December 31, 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. In addition, they must also be submitted electronically to [email protected].

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 March 30, 2013, of the decision of the
selection committee.