2018-2019 Postgraduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections

Smithsonian Institution
Job location: 
Washington DC
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Friday, 1 December, 2017

The Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships has announced one-year fellowships for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation (or the equivalent) or conservation scientists, including those at the postdoctoral level, to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian centers for the conservation and research of museum collections. The fellowship begins in the fall of 2018. A stipend of $41,000 is being offered at the postgraduate level and $55,400 at the postdoctoral level, plus a research allowance up to $4,000. While 12-month fellowship proposals are preferred, applications for projects of shorter duration (3 to 12 months) are acceptable, with a commensurate reduction to the stipend amounts. The prospective fellow must first contact the conservator or scientist with whom he or she would like to work and is encouraged to seek direction with crafting an effective proposal. Previously successful proposals have benefited from the proposed mentor's guidance in developing the research question and navigating the Smithsonian collections. If the potential supervisor confirms that candidacy is suitable, application must be made through the Office of Fellowships and Internships by December 1, 2017. Notification of decisions will be made no later than April 1, 2018.

Program guidelines and instructions for application are available at http://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/smithsonian-postg....

Fellows may be hosted in the conservation and analytical laboratories of several Smithsonian museums and research centers, with the possibility of additional facilities for analytical work available at the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI).