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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) is one of Chicago’s major cultural collecting institutions and one of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, offering exhibitions, performances, and programs of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945.

The MCA’s Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship is intended to offer a significant opportunity for an emerging scholar to gain professional curatorial experience and to conduct research in a major museum setting. The Fellow will primarily be responsible for collection and exhibition-related research and scholarship, with additional duties as appropriate. The Fellow will assist in organizing a collection-based exhibition and will have the opportunity to organize at least one related public program during his or her tenure. This is a 12-month commitment, renewable for 1 additional year. The Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of curatorial operations and participates in internal and external communications on a daily basis. With a start date of January, 2015, this full-time fellowship carries a stipend of $42,500 plus benefits.

The MCA considers exceptional candidates in art history and related fields with a strong emphasis on art historical research and methodology. Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or international equivalent), ideally obtained within no more than 3--5 years of application. The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The application deadline is July 1, 2014.

Application Process

Your application will not be considered complete until we receive the required hard copy of the application materials listed below. Please note these materials, including writing samples and any supplementary materials, will not be returned to candidates. All requested materials should be typed and include the following:

  1. Cover letter with applicant’s name, home and present address, and telephone numbers.
  2. Full curriculum vitae of education, employment, awards, and publication history.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional settings.
  4. An essay describing the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship program, areas of research, and interests in the Museum’s collection.
  5. Copy of published paper or recent writing sample.

Application materials should be sent to:

Curatorial Administrative Coordinator
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Please note: International candidates must secure and be in possession of a valid US work visa for the entire fellowship period.

If you have any questions about applying for a fellowship, please email jobs@mcachicago.org.





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