Fellowships

The Studio Museum provides paid year-long fellowships that support the professional training of curators, scholars, archivists, and educators historically underrepresented in the museum field. Fellows work alongside some of the most innovative practitioners of museology across the Museum, engaging in intensive scholarship opportunities, program development, and professional exposure.

With the guidance of  Museum professionals in their respective departments, including Curatorial, Public Programs & Community Engagement, or Archives, fellows work both independently and collaboratively with staff to gain comprehensive experience through immersive projects and practical learning opportunities. Projects range from exhibition and program planning, to project development and research, deepening the fellows’ understanding of museum work and specific areas of interest. Fellowships include unique networking opportunities with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field and forums designed for fellows to connect with new colleagues, share ideas, and discuss current issues in contemporary art. 

Fellowships support the next generation of museum leaders, providing insight into the daily workings of a museum through hands-on experience, learning workshops, and engagements that contribute to fellow’s professional growth and career readiness. 

Open Fellowships

​​The Robert Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellow

​​The Studio Museum in Harlem is accepting applications for the Robert Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellowship, ​a twelve-month position designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to curatorial work

​​The Studio Museum in Harlem is accepting applications for the Robert Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellowship, ​a twelve-month position designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to curatorial work for a young professional who has demonstrated a commitment to the museum field, and specifically to artists of African descent. The fellow will work under the direction of the Assistant Curator on a wide range of tasks, ranging from research and writing for various exhibition programming to the coordination of logistics around the Artist-in-Residence program. This fellow will also work closely with the Assistant Curator to develop workflows and schedules that serve the diverse programming generated by the Curatorial Department.  


The position will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to join a cohort of fellows, interface with colleagues in various internal museum departments, and connect with external partners engaged in many facets of museum work. The fellowship includes a benefits package and provides $2,500 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the fellow’s field of interest.  ​ 

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • ​​​Assist the Assistant Curator with:  
    • ​Producing didactic texts and exhibition-related publications for the Artist-in-Residence culminating exhibition 
    • ​Creating exhibition-related proposals 
    • ​Developing exhibition schedules and maintaining production deadlines  
    • ​Coordinating studio visits and scheduling for the Artist-in-Residence program 
    • ​Conducting original research   
  • ​Provide organizational, administrative, and project support related to the Museum’s exhibitions and collections 
  • ​Assist with the coordination of activities with other departments at the Museum, including Communications, Education, and Learning & Engagement, to support the Museum’s mission to artists and the Harlem community.​
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Strong background in mid-twentieth century and contemporary art by artists of African descent
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in art history or a related field
  • Familiarity with The Museum System (TMS/TMS Collections) and NetX
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience working in a museum or cultural organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

 

 Desirable:

  • Familiarity with The Museum System (TMS/TMS Collections) and NetX 

 

Competencies:

Required:

  • Commitment (Core Value) to the mission and values of The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Collaborative (Core Value) with others at all levels of the organization as well as with key external stakeholders
  • Initiative (Core Value) demonstrated by taking self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and / or drive progress and positive change

 

Key Stakeholders:

Internal:

  • Curatorial, ​Registrar, ​Director’s Office, ​artists in residence, ​Development, Communications, Education, and Learning & Engagement

 

External:

  • ​​Museums and other cultural institutions, MoMA PS1 Curatorial and Exhibitions Department, ​galleries​ 

 

Travel Requirements:    ☐ Yes   ☒ No   

 

Salary:

Salary Range : $45,000

Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a small not-for-profit. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement account, and substantial vacation time.  

 

Application:

Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@studiomuseum.org. Be sure to include "​​The Robert Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellow" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes. Applications due by 11:59 pm EST on January 23, 2023. 

Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, the Museum will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and work experience best fit the requirements of the position. 

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we are committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success. 

The Studio Museum is requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for employment. In order to be eligible, participants must show proof of vaccination and a form of personal ID.


Archives Fellow

The Studio Museum in Harlem is seeking an Archives Fellow to join the growing team responsible for the Museum’s permanent and special collections, exhibitions, and archives. Reporting to the

The Studio Museum in Harlem is seeking an Archives Fellow to join the growing team responsible for the Museum’s permanent and special collections, exhibitions, and archives. Reporting to the Studio Museum's Archivist and working in close collaboration with the Curatorial and Collections Management teams, the Archives Fellow will support the ongoing processing of the Museum's estimated 850 cubic feet of institutional records and assist in the creation of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. The Archives Fellow will work in consultation with the Museum Archivist to define and follow processing standards and plans and create standardized descriptions to ensure consistency and quality for the overall project.

The Studio Museum is devoted to cultivating fellows’ professional growth through opportunities for research. Fellows are eligible to receive some funding to support research related to their personal and professional interests. This fellowship will offer insight into the daily workings of a museum through hands-on work, workshops, public programs, professional development by way of department projects, and offerings from the Studio Museum Institute.

The Fellowship is a part-time opportunity, with a maximum of eighty hours per month for six months.

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In close conjunction with the Museum Archivist, coordinate the organization of a large, complex, multiformat manuscript collection
  • Input, assign, track, and systemize archive material metadata, following archival metadata standards
  • Assist in establishing archive processing workflow
  • Prepare and distribute monthly reports to track progress
  • Coordinate digitization as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in art history or a related field, preferably with an Archives Certification
  • Demonstrated knowledge working with collections of contemporary art
  • A general understanding and knowledge of the principles of archival appraisal, survey, arrangement, description, and preservation
  • Consistent accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and AirTable
  • Effective written and oral communication

 

Desired:

  • Familiarity with different DAMS and/or similar type Digital Asset Management Software




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Competencies:

Required:

  • Commitment (Core Value) to the mission and values of The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Collaborative (Core Value) with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key external stakeholders
  • Initiative (Core Value) demonstrated by taking self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and / or drive progress and positive change

 

Key Stakeholders:

The Archives Fellow is part of the Collections and Exhibitions Management Department.

Internal:

  • Learning and Engagement
  • Curatorial
  • Public Programs
  • Registrar
  • Communications

 

External:

  • Outside researchers

 

Travel Requirements:    ☐ Yes   ☒ No

 

Physical Demands: ☒ Yes   ☐ No

Ability to lift boxes up to 30 lbs and use ladders

 

Salary:

 $25/hr 

 

Application:

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@studiomuseum.org. Be sure to include "Archives Fellow" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes. 

Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on January 30, 2023.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, the Museum will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and work experience best fit the requirements of the position.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we are committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.

The Studio Museum is requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for employment. In order to be eligible, participants must show proof of vaccination and a form of personal ID.

 


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