John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Research Fellow in Photography

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job description

Harvard Art Museums


Job Code
388090 Museum Fellow

Duties & Responsibilities

Please note: This is a term position. Term duration: 2 years

The Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of scholars embarking on professional and academic careers in art history who are considering the museum profession.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Curatorial Fellow will assist the Menschel Curator of Photography in researching and preparing interpretive materials for permanent collection installations and special exhibitions related to American social documentary photography.
  • The Curatorial Fellow will assist with a broad range of other curatorial activities, including preparation of interpretive materials, cataloguing of the permanent collection in the Art Museums’ database, and donor cultivation.
  • Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, participates in a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms. Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other program.
  • The Fellow may supervise students and temporary employees.

Basic Qualifications
MA in Art HistoryAdditional Qualifications

  •  PhD preferred
  •  Curatorial or related experience
  •  Commitment to fostering the appreciation of works of art in a museum context
  •  Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collegially

How to apply

Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae. Please upload transcript, and one article-length, English-language writing sample.

Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to the following address: (please note that the letters of reference will be verified).

Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Appointment End Date

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Education, Identity

This is a full-time position

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

A complete application includes a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, transcript, English-language writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning April 13, 2018 until the position is filled.

Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.