​​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 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




  • 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



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




  • 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:


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



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


Travel Requirements:    ☐ Yes   ☒ No   



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.  



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.