Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship (full-time temporary)

The MCA is an innovative center of contemporary art where visitors experience the work and ideas of living artists and learn about the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. The museum presents exhibitions, performances, and programs that excite and challenge visitors and provide insight into the creative process.

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 July 1, 2017 this full-time fellowship carries a stipend of $46,680 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 three to five years of application.

The application deadline is January 31, 2017.

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:

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

Application materials should be sent to:

Curatorial Administrative Assistant

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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 [email protected]

P.S. The MCA provides a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and personal days; free life, AD&D, short term and long term disability insurance; retirement plans; discounted parking; pre-tax transportation programs; visiting the MCA’s galleries; curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions; discounts at the MCA Store and MCA Café; discounts for MCA Stage and other programs; plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area

The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do.


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