Museum Education & Public Practice Fellowship, NYC

Deadline: 1 November 2013 (5 p.m. EDT)
Open to: individuals with at least ten years of experience in the museum field or related work
Fellowship: $10,500 stipend, $6,000 for travel and miscellaneous costs, and health care benefits for a 12-week fellowship


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (USA) is offering a new fellowship in museum education and public practice. One fellow will be selected per year to focus on gallery teaching and interpretation within the context of art museums, examining aspects of the intersection of museum learning, education theory and philosophy, art practice and art history, cultural and social history, and/or the sciences.


The stipend amount is $10,500, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of one week) and miscellaneous expenses. Health care benefits are included. The term of the fellowship is twelve weeks and must take place between September 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015. The fellow must be in residence at the Museum for eleven of the twelve consecutive weeks of this term. 

The fellow will be required to engage with the public and with peers at least twice during the course of the fellowship. This engagement can include leading a public program and leading a discussion with staff or peers. The fellow will also be required to work with Metropolitan Museum Education staff to develop a half- or full-day public program, including a lecture and/or round-table discussion, in order to open a dialogue about museum education and public practice for the New York City and broader tristate audience. During his or her tenure, the fellow will teach, train, and share knowledge about educational practices with the internal and external Museum community. In addition, the fellow will contribute to the teaching of various constituents, including families with children, adults, and Museum volunteers.


The fellowship is intended for an individual with at least ten years of experience in the museum field or related work.


The deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation is November 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (EDT). All applications must be submitted online HERE and in English. They will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person.

The online application will require you to provide the following documents as Microsoft Word or PDF files:

  1. Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  2. List of other fellowships or grants for which you have applied in the same period
  3. A project proposal including:
    • A statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, specifying what you wish to accomplish during the fellowship period and detailing how you can utilize the Museum’s resources to accomplish your goals. The statement must also discuss the issues pertaining to museum education and public practice you wish to investigate during the fellowship period, how this research is relevant to the field, and how it will advance the work of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as that of your own institution, if applicable.
    • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship period and proposed starting and ending dates
    • Tentative schedule of travel (maximum of one week) required during the fellowship period

You must also submit contact information for three recommenders (at least one academic and one professional), none of whom may be current Metropolitan Museum of Art staff. 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. They encourage recommenders to submit letters in English.

All applicants will be notified by March 7, 2014. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the organizers at

For further details, see the official website HERE.

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