Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship

The Bard Graduate Center invites applications for two one-year post-doctoral fellowships funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to help bridge the gap between the ways objects are studied by conservators and the ways they are approached by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology). These fellowships are available to individuals with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and each of the appointed humanities-trained fellows will join a conservation team at a New York-area museum and work together on a joint project. The participating institutions are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Division, and The Museum of Modern Art. A full list of the available projects can be found at

The fellowship is part of “Cultures of Conservation,” an initiative designed to model a new graduate curriculum at the BGC. The five years of the grant (2012-17) are seeing the development of new courses, new seminars and new research and teaching positions, all of which aim to bring the knowledge created by conservators into the intellectual apparatus of graduate students and professors in the humanities.  Candidates will be judged on the merits and scope of what they bring to the proposed research.

In addition to his/her conservation-related work at our partner institutions, each of the fellows will either teach one course or assist at one course taught by a faculty member in the Cultures of Conservation curriculum at the BGC.  Appointees will also contribute to graduate advising and are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the institution.  In consultation with the Dean, the fellows will also organize and chair events and guest lectures within Cultures of Conversation. Fellows will receive office space at the BGC, a salary of $40,000, and a travel and research budget of $1,500. Housing is available. The appointment will begin 1 July 2015 and continue through 30 June 2016.

The BGC is a graduate research institute committed to studying the cultural history of the material world, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. 

Please direct questions to the Mellon Fellowship Search Committee via email (

Applications should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement explaining the importance of this project to the candidate’s professional and intellectual development, sample publication (SASE), and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent by post to: Mellon Fellowship Search Committee, c/o Dean Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 38 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. No application materials will be accepted electronically via email. All application materials must be received by 1 December 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The BGC is an AA/EOE employer.

Current and past fellows include:

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

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