HARVARD ART MUSEUMS, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
Fellowships in Conservation, 2015–2016
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation. A ten-month fellowship will be offered in each of the following areas: objects, paintings, and paper conservation beginning September 1, 2015.
Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main focus for the fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections. A technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections will comprise approximately 15% of the fellowship.
  • The fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  • Serving the museums’ teaching and research mission, the fellow helps provide content expertise and support for the Harvard Art Museums’ public and academic interpretive programs.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Basic Qualifications
MA, MS, or Certificate in Conservation from a recognized university program; a proven record of treatment and research; and proficiency in both written and spoken English.
Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collegially.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography, x-radiography, and infrared reflectography (IRR).
  • Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and management software and Adobe Photoshop.

Application Instructions
A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.
Please apply online:
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

  1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.


  1. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: Letters of reference will be verified.


  1. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 2, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

3 thoughts on “Job Posting: Fellowships in Conservation, 2015–2016 (HARVARD ART MUSEUMS, STRAUS CENTER FOR CONSERVATION AND TECHNICAL STUDIES)”

  1. O.k., thanks for checking, Brittany. It’s not for myself, but I’d like to know what to tell students and interns as I pass this posting along. Boston is an expensive city!

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