Bard Graduate Center, together with the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum, announces a year-long (2018–19) fellowship focusing on developing the idea that conservation practice is a human science. Aimed at scholars at an early stage of their careers, the Fellow will reside consecutively in New York for approximately 6 months and in Amsterdam for approximately 5 months. They will be integrated fully into the intellectual lives of the Bard Graduate Center and Rijksmuseum Conservation & Scientific Research Department, respectively. The fellow’s main responsibility will be to coordinate, with local support, monthly visits of an invited group of scholars to view “problematic” objects in local area collections. The Fellow will play a major role in choosing the objects and collections and moderating the discussions of all relevant issues with curators, conservators, and scientists. Each month will explore a different collection (public or private) and a different type of object (antiquities, art, natural history specimens, ethnographic, archaeological, etc.). The Fellow will write up a report of the conversation for the project website.

This fellowship is part of Bard Graduate Center’s “Cultures of Conservation” initiative, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of CHS: New York/Amsterdam is to model a future interaction in which conservators and (heritage) scientists will contribute their knowledge and distinct perspective to our understanding of the past through things alongside the voices and perspectives of art historians, historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists.

Salary is $45,000. Housing is available, as is a small research/travel fund while the Fellow is in residence. Appointment to begin August 1, 2018.

Applicants at an early stage of careers in art conservation or heritage science are especially encouraged to apply. To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu in a single PDF file: a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for this fellowship as well as its desirability, a sample piece of writing, and curriculum vitae. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted either via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, CHS Fellowship Committee, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024). Applications must be received by December 1, 2017. Bard Graduate Center is an AA/EOE employer.

Current and past Andrew W. Mellon Fellows include:

Alicia Boswell
Fall 2016–Summer 2018
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Jessica Walthew
Fall 2016–Summer 2017
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Stephanie Su
Fall 2015–Summer 2016
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Vera A. Solovyeva
Fall 2015–Summer 2016
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Gabrielle Berlinger
Fall 2013–Summer 2015
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation

Hanna Hölling
Fall 2013–Summer 2015
Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation