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Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships

The Morgan Library & Museum announces the creation of two new two-year curatorial fellowships, the Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships, to be awarded to promising scholars from communities historically underrepresented in the curatorial and special collections fields. Named for the Morgan’s first director, one of the most prominent American librarians and cultural leaders of the first half of the twentieth century and a woman of color, this full-time program will equip Fellows with a strong working knowledge of museum and special collections library operations and will provide Fellows with resources and mentorship to support them in their professional careers.

The Morgan seeks candidates who are interested in working on specific projects as outlined below. The program will provide Fellows with experience in a variety of core curatorial activities, such as exhibition and publications planning, research on the collection and on potential acquisitions, the creation of public programs, and donor relations. Fellows will also have the opportunity to propose and curate their own installation in the museum. Fellows will join all departmental meetings as well as the Morgan’s Curatorial Forum, a monthly gathering of all curators and conservators. Regular interaction with colleagues in other departments, including the Thaw Conservation Center, will give each Fellow a good grounding in the key functional areas of a museum and special collections library. Travel funds will support Fellows’ professional development.

Graduate degree in relevant field or equivalent professional experience required (see more details below). General qualifications include experience conducting archival research using primary sources, deep intellectual curiosity and versatility, and a demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and efficiently. Candidates should have excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Compensation and Benefits
$42,000 annually for two years (from September 2020 to August 2022); excellent benefits. Fellows will also have a travel budget of $1500 per year for research and for activities supporting their professional development, such as attendance at a conference.

To Apply
Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis via an application process. All application materials must be in English. Applications consisting of the following elements are due by December 31, 2019 via this form.

A cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in a Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowship in one or more of the Morgan’s curatorial departments (listed below). The letter should discuss the applicant’s interest and qualifications in the department or departments’ subject area in general, and in the specific project or projects on offer.
A personal statement explaining how the applicant identifies with an underrepresented community and how the candidate would contribute to the multiplicity of narratives in the museum and special collections fields in the future.
A complete curriculum vitae, including language proficiencies
A writing sample (in English)
Names of three references
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The Morgan will notify successful candidates of their selection in March 2020.

Project Proposals, by Department
Applicants for the fellowship should describe their specific interests in, and qualifications for one or more of the departments listed below.

Drawings and Prints
Literary and Historical Manuscripts
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Modern and Contemporary Drawings
Printed Books and Bindings

Please visit the 'External Link' below for more information about the specific projects and opportunities offered by each of these curatorial departments.

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