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Postgraduate Fellowships


Candidates are expected to have completed a graduate degree at the masters level.

Lunder Consortium Graduate Fellowship

Host department: Curatorial (rotating)

A member of the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, the Art Institute of Chicago maintains one of the world’s most significant holdings of works by James McNeill Whistler. Together with other Lunder Consortium members—the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the University of Glasgow—the Art Institute seeks to nurture, produce, and disseminate original scholarship and critical analysis of James McNeill Whistler and his international artistic circles. In addition to the paintings, drawings, and pastels, which will be featured as the subject of this publication, the Art Institute’s collection also includes nearly complete holdings of Whistler’s etchings and lithographs. The opportunity to access these collections—as well as the museum’s broad holdings in American and European art of the long 19th century—will complement the project-specific work of the successful candidate.

Woman’s Board Fellowship in Learning and Public Engagement

Host department: Learning and Public Engagement

The Woman’s Board Fellow rotates through various divisions of the museum’s department of Learning and Public Engagement, planning and implementing interpretive programs under direction of respective division personnel.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Conservation and Science

Host department: Conservation and Science

Two-year Mellon Fellowships in Conservation and Science are offered on a rotating basis across the museum’s nine conservation divisions. The fellowships are aimed towards emerging professionals who have completed their formal conservation training in a graduate program and have one to two years of art conservation experience in a museum setting. These fellows are embedded on department projects and become engaged in the full scope of duties undertaken by the Department of Conservation and Science.

Grainger Fellowship in Time-based Media Conservation

Host department: Conservation and Science

A museum devoted to art across time, place, and culture, the Art Institute has long made a practice of collecting, exhibiting, and preserving film, video, and time-based media art, with acquisitions in this area going back five decades and spanning three main curatorial departments (Architecture and Design, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Photography). This two-year fellowship (with possible renewal for an additional year) is a position dedicated to time-based media conservation. The fellow assists in setting up conservation strategies, workflows, and procedures for the preservation and documentation of the museum collection, and works as part of a cross-departmental team under the leadership of the Grainger Executive Director of Conservation and Science.

National Digital Stewardship Residency

Host department: Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art is an iteration of the NDSR program that began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The NDSR program was developed to bridge the gap between existing, well-developed classroom education and the need for more direct professional experience in the field. The program serves several different populations: students interested in the field of digital stewardship, partnering institutions, and the broader cultural heritage community. The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.

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