Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art will sponsor a post-doctoral research fellowship in the history of art and material culture, awarded for a one-year period beginning at a date TBD in 2019. The fellowship is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and offers a stipend of $48,000/year. While in residence in San Antonio, the Mellon fellow will have the opportunity for scholarly research and work in one of the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collecting areas. The fellowship is available in many areas of specialization, including photography, Egyptian Art, Greek Art, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Islamic Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Korean Art, Vietnamese Art, Japanese Art, Himalayan and Indian Art, Oceanic Art, Aboriginal Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, American Art, and other areas that may be appropriate to the Museum’s collection.


The San Antonio Museum of Art invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship. Applicants’ scholarship should focus on one of the areas listed above, with particular emphasis on some aspect of material culture, and a keen interest in object-based research, curatorial work, and exhibition development. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a solid grasp of their methodology for both research and presentation.

The fellow will utilize the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art to frame a research project.

As a part of an increasingly diverse community and in keeping with the goals of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the San Antonio Museum of Art is committed to diversity. The Museum encourages individuals from groups that are historically underrepresented in the curatorial profession, such as African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, to apply.

The fellow will be eligible for the benefits package offered to all Museum employees.


Applicants for the fellowship for the 2019/2020 academic years must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 2011. Applicants who have received the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2017 are eligible.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials by February 1, 2019 to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Cover page with: (a) Full name and home institution; (b) Date of Ph.D.; © Research interest(s); (d) Referees’ names and emails

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Detailed statement of research interests

  • One writing sample [30-page limit]

  • Three letters of recommendation. Please ask referees to submit their letters directly. Letters must be received on or before February 1, 2019

For further information, please contact Elda Martinez, Chief People Officer, at (210) 978-8150 or

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Posted on January 9