We expect to begin accepting applications in late summer/early fall 2017 for an appointment that will start July 1, 2018. Please check back then for more information on applying for this fellowship.


Bard Graduate Center hosts two postdoctoral fellows 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 joins a conservation team at a New York-area museum to work on a joint project. The participating institutions are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Division. In addition to his/her conservation-related work at our partner institutions, each of the fellows either teaches one course or assists with one course taught by a faculty member in the Cultures of Conservation curriculum at Bard Graduate Center. Appointees 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 organize and chair events and guest lectures within Cultures of Conversation.

The fellowship is part of “Cultures of Conservation,” an initiative designed to model a new graduate curriculum at Bard Graduate Center. Through this initiative we 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.

Current and past 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