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Andrew W Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the San Antonio Museum of Art

  • December 17, 2015 11:54 PM
    Message # 3705327
    Deandra Taylor (Administrator)

    Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

    San Antonio Museum of Art

    The San Antonio Museum of Art will sponsor a post-doctoral research fellowship in the history of art and material culture, awarded for the two-year period beginning January 2016. The fellowship is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and offers a stipend of $42,000/year. While in residence in San Antonio, the Mellon fellow will have the opportunity for scholarly research, exhibition and publication in one of the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collecting areas. The fellow will be encouraged to consult with a professional conservator to provide support and to spur new research about the objects in the collections. The fellowship is available in many areas of specialization, including Egyptian Art, Greek Art, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Islamic Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Korean Art, Vietnamese Art, Japanese Art, Himalayan and Indian Art, Oceanic Art and Aboriginal Art.

    The San Antonio Museum of Art invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship. Applicants’ scholarship should focus on one of the areas listed above, with particular emphasis on some aspect of material culture, and a keen interest in object-based research, curatorial work, and exhibition development. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a solid grasp of their methodology for both research and presentation.

    The fellow will utilize the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art to frame a research project and organize an exhibition. A related publication conveying the essence of the research will be produced. The fellow will also deliver at least one lecture to the public at the Museum.

    As a part of an increasingly diverse community and in keeping with the goals of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the San Antonio Museum of Art is committed to diversity. The Museum encourages individuals from groups that are historically underrepresented in the curatorial profession, such as African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, to apply.

    The fellow will be eligible for the benefits package offered to all Museum employees.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants for the fellowship for the 2016/2017—2017/2018 academic years must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 2011. Applicants who have received the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2016 are eligible. 

    Application Procedures

    Applicants should submit the following materials by February 1, 2016 to be considered for the fellowship:

    1. Cover page with: (a) Full name and home institution; (b) Date of Ph.D.; (c) Research interest(s);(d) Referees’ names and emails

    2. Curriculum vitae

    3. Detailed statement of research interests

    4. One writing sample [30-page limit]

    5. Three letters of recommendation. Please ask referees to submit their letters directly. Letters

    must be received on or before January 15, 2016

    About the San Antonio Museum of Art and San Antonio, Texas 

    The San Antonio Museum ( is an encyclopedic museum with collections spanning the globe and more than 5000 years of history. The San Antonio Museum of Art is located on the north side of downtown San Antonio on a beautiful campus located on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River. Visitorship currently reaches 160,000 visitors per year. The strong collections are supplemented by a robust and ambitious program of special exhibitions that further the reach of our collections to our citizens. San Antonio is currently the seventh largest city in the U.S. with a rich cultural history stretching back 300 years. Vibrant economic growth and rapidly growing population make San Antonio one of the nation’s top “brain gain” cities.

    The San Antonio Museum of art is an equal opportunity employer and as such provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement of all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any status protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.

    For further information, please contact Elda Martinez, Director of Human Resources, at (210) 978-8150 or

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