The Studio Museum in Harlem and MoMA Joint Fellowship

The Studio Museum in Harlem | The Museum of Modern Art
Museum Fellowship Collaboration


The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Museum of Modern Art are accepting applications for the fourth Museum Fellowship Collaboration. Each museum will accept three museum fellows—two for curatorial departments and one for public programs. The fellows will spend one year at each museum, then rotate to the partner institution for the completion of the two-year program.

The fellows, under the direction of either the curatorial department or public programs department, will work independently and collaboratively with museum staff to gain in-depth experience through enrichment programming and practical learning opportunities. This joint fellowship will develop the next generation of thought leaders  and museum professionals, and will offer insight into the daily workings of a museum through hands-on work, workshops, public programs, and professional development. 


Curatorial Fellows

The curatorial fellows will participate in the essential activities of a curatorial department under the guidance of a supervising staff member. This may include experience in the following areas: collection management, archives, acquisitions, loans, exhibition research, catalogue production, and administration. The fellows may also assist in the logistics, research, planning, and organization of activities and programming generated in their assigned department.

At the Studio Museum, the fellows will be assigned to either exhibitions or permanent collection. While there will be points of selective overlap in projects and research, each fellow will report to the Associate Curator, Exhibitions, or the Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, contingent on assigned track. At The Museum of Modern Art, the fellow will be assigned to either the Department of Drawings and Prints or the Department of Media and Performance.

The ideal candidate will be an active collaborator with a wide range of staff across the museum, comfortable working in a professional office environment, and willing to embrace a full scope of relevant tasks.


Public Programs Fellow

At The Museum of Modern Art, the fellow selected for public programs will be part of the programs team and under the umbrella of the Education Department. They will be involved in researching, developing, producing, executing and evaluating adult public programs and events, conducting outreach to cultural partners, and brainstorming audience development strategies. The fellows will be responsible for communicating and coordinating with a diverse group of program participants and facilitators, including exhibiting artists, lecturers, performers, scholars, educators, writers, community organizers, and arts and culture organizations.

At the Studio Museum, fellows will be part of a small team tasked with designing public programs and community engagement opportunities for adult audiences. These include artist talks, hands-on art-making workshops, film screenings, book clubs, panel discussions, and artist-in-residence programs. While construction is underway on the Studio Museum’s new building, these collaborative initiatives will take place at partner institutions throughout Harlem and New York City as part of the Museum’s expanded inHarlem initiative.

The ideal candidate is a nimble and creative thinker, willing to take on a wide range of programmatic and administrative responsibilities, and comfortable interfacing with the public on a regular basis. 



The Museum Fellowship is a paid, two-year employment opportunity for individuals in the early stages of their career. The ideal fellow will have a B.A.or graduate-level degree, with a concentration in art history, curatorial studies, Africana studies, visual culture, or a related field. Candidates should either have previous involvement within an arts community or arts institution, or write about their desire and specific interests in museums. Candidates for the Museum Fellowship will be reviewed through a selective process by members of both institutions.

Excellent written communications skills are required. A successful applicant functions well in a fast-paced team environment, and can manage multiple projects at once with keen attention to detail, adaptability, and a positive attitude.

Applicants must be members of historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial and museum profession, and have a demonstrated interest in cultural programming, writing, and research. Fellows must have an interest in actively engaging with the mission and scale of both partnered institutions. 


Salary and Benefits

The salary is $42,000 per annum, plus benefits, which include medical and dental coverage and four weeks paid vacation per annum. The program also offers an additional $5,000 per annum housing allowance and $2,500 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the fellow’s field of interest.



As part of the application process, you must include:

  •     A cover letter specifying your interest in either curatorial or public programs, highlighting a particular area of professional or scholarly interest
  •     Your résumé
  •     At least one letter of recommendation (these can be sent directly to by your recommenders)
  •     A writing sample of no more than five pages


Applications are closed.

Fellowship begins: March 2022
Fellowship ends: March 2024


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. No phone calls or faxes, please.