Barra American Art Fellowship
This fellowship is generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided by the Robert L. McNeil Endowments for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Barra Fellow works full time in the Department of American Art, assisting four days a week in ongoing department research and exhibition projects, with one day reserved for personal research, writing, or travel. At the conclusion of the term, the Barra Fellow will be expected to give a lecture and submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency.
Center for American Art Summer Fellowships
The Center for American Art sponsors two graduate fellowships each summer that enable students to develop curatorial experience while contributing to the Department of American Art’s collection research and exhibition preparation. Fellows work full time (35 hours per week) for ten weeks during the summer.
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Daniel W. Dietrich II Fellowship in Contemporary Art
This fellow assists with planning and realizing a number of installations; conducts research related to collection objects and exhibitions; and contributes to documentation, scholarship, and conservation projects related to the Dietrich Contemporary Art gifts. As the fellowship is designed to provide professional training for emerging talent, the Fellow will also be fully integrated into the life and work of the department, as well as the museum at large.
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Suzanne Andrée Curatorial Fellowship in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellowship in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellowship in Photography
These fellowships provide firsthand experience with curatorial work in the graphic arts or photography. Fellows participate in all activities of a large, active curatorial department with a collection of more than 160,000 works of art on paper, located in state-of-the-art facilities. Fellows may have the opportunity to organize an exhibition from the permanent collection during the second year of the fellowship.
Fellowships Open to All Departments/Research Areas
Constance E. Clayton Fellowship
The Constance E. Clayton Curatorial Fellowship provides upcoming or recent M.A. graduates in Art History or other related field from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) or other institutions the opportunity to gain professional experience in preparation for a career as a curator. The Fellowship offers a foundational learning and development opportunity for an individual from a traditionally underrepresented group in the museum field. Working under the direction of a museum curator in the department of the Fellow’s choosing, the Fellow will receive a comprehensive introduction to curatorial practice in a large art museum. The Fellow will participate in the Museum’s Fellows’ cohort program which is intended to provide a broad introduction to a professional career working in an art museum. Additionally, the Fellow will be mentored by a committee of members of the Museum’s senior staff who will serve as a resource for the Fellow’s professional development and will make every effort to provide opportunities to connect with other mentors and leaders in the Fellow’s field of interest.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
This fellowship provides an opportunity to an individual who has recently finished their Ph.D. and wishes to pursue a curatorial career in the art museum field. The fellow is fully integrated into one of the museum's curatorial departments. The individual works directly with one or more curators, who serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship. The fellow also has the opportunity to undertake an independent project in consultation with their supervising curator.