The Met Fellowship Program 2021/2022 for scholars & museum Professionals

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, we 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.

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


  • 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

Departmental Placement

  • A Met fellowship grants scholars from around the world opportunities to immerse themselves in a curatorial, conservation, education, or scientific research department at the Museum. Drawing on the particular strengths, resources, and expertise of their host departments, fellows use the Museum as a space for dynamic exchange, research, and professional advancement. Fellows have unique access to the Museum’s inner workings and fully integrate themselves into the life of The Met.
  • Each fellow is paired with a supervisor or primary contact in their host department who can help them navigate the Museum and facilitate access to resources. Fellows have access to staff, libraries, collections, research facilities, labs, and the time and space necessary to complete their book manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, scholarly articles, conservation training, research experiments, and other academic pursuits.

How to Apply

All applications to 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.

Materials Required for All Applications

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 below)
• Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)—for junior fellowship applicants only

Please read Program-Specific Application Requirements below. Depending on the category of fellowship for which you are applying, additional materials may be required.

For more information about the application process, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If your question is not answered there, please contact us at [email protected].

All applicants will be notified by the last Friday in February following the application deadline.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Met Fellowship Program

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