Check Eligibility for 2021/2022 Met Fellowship Program Here

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The Met fellowships are awarded to junior scholars, postdoctoral and senior academics, and museum professionals for independent study or research.

Join a community of scholars in the fields of art history, archaeology, museum education, conservation, and related sciences, as well as scholars in other disciplines, whose dynamic and interdisciplinary projects require close study of objects in The Met collection.

Annually, the Met awards over 50 fellowships to scholars from around the world. It is an educational priority to make The Met a laboratory for art and ideas. As a result, they support academic investigations of the Museum’s collection spanning more than 5,000 years from every corner of the world and contribute to broader scholarly discourses.

Available Fellowships

  • Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture.
  • Conservation Fellowship and Scientific Research Fellowship.
  • Leonard A. Lauder Fellowship in Modern Art.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship.
  • Research Scholarship in Photograph Conservation.
  • Interdisciplinary Fellowship.
  • Indian Conservation Fellowship Program.


The fellowship offers

  • Financial support, time, and space to conduct sustained research.
  • Exposure to practical curatorial work, hands-on conservation treatments, and cutting-edge scientific research.
  • Weekly programs designed exclusively for fellows to connect with new colleagues, share ideas, and discuss current issues in the field.
  • An unparalleled art collection and vast library holdings.
  • A base in New York City, a nexus of scholarship with world-renowned universities, cultural institutions, and libraries.
  • Opportunities to travel the world.


  • Open to junior scholars, postdoctoral and senior academics, and museum professionals;
  • The Fellowship Program is open to and regularly hosts international scholars. However, due to the unpredictable and continually evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, along with changes in travel and visa restrictions, the Museum cannot guarantee that international scholars will be able to travel to New York for the fellowship period.
  • All fellowships are intended to be one year in length unless otherwise noted. Only senior scholars may request a shorter period, if appropriate.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted online and in English. Academic and Professional Programs will not accept applications or related materials via email, postal mail, or in person.

The following materials must be included with all applications (as .doc or .pdf files):

  • Curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one academic and one professional, uploaded directly by the recommenders, none of whom may be current Met staff. Recommenders are encouraged to submit their letters in English.
  • Project proposal or statement (see instructions for specific fellowships).
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)—for junior fellowship applicants only.

Click Here To Apply

For more information, see FAQs and visit Met Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline: Varies by Fellowship

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