Job Title:             Calderwood Curatorial Fellow, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

Stipend:               $50,000.00 per year

FTE: 100%            This is a term position.  Term duration:  2 years


The Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of scholars embarking on professional and academic careers in art history who are considering the museum profession.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Calderwood Fellow conducts object-based research and scholarship on the extensive collections of the Harvard Art Museums, with a focus on the rich artistic achievements of Hinduism and Islam in the early modern era.  Under the supervision of the Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, the Fellow develops a series of argument-driven installations for the South Asian gallery, working primarily with the holdings of South Asian paintings and drawings from the 16th through 19th centuries, but also reaching across centuries, media, and curatorial divisions as appropriate for thematic expression.  The Fellow participates in all aspects of installation planning and implementation, working closely with staff throughout the museum.
  • The Curatorial Fellow will assist with a broad range of curatorial activities, including preparation of interpretive materials and cataloguing of the permanent collection in the Harvard Art Museums’ database.  The Curatorial Fellow will participate as appropriate in the acquisition process and donor cultivation.
  • The Fellow will serve as a liaison to Harvard faculty in History of Art and Architecture and in South Asian Studies.
  • Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow helps provide content expertise for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms.
  • The Fellow may supervise students and temporary employees.

Basic Qualifications:

MA in Art History with specialization in South Asian art or in South Asian Studies; proficiency in Urdu/Hindi or Sanskrit.

Additional Qualifications:

  • PhD preferred with specialization in South Asian painting of the 16th – 19th centuries
  • Curatorial or related experience
  • Commitment to fostering the appreciation of works of art in a museum context
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collegially

Application Procedures

A complete application includes a letter of interest, résumé or curriculum vitae, transcript, English-language writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning March 14, 2016 until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted through Harvard’s Recruitment Management System, ASPIRE: 38543BR

  1. Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae HERE. Please upload transcript, and one article-length, English-language writing sample.
  1. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to the following address: (please note that the letters of reference will be verified).

Additional Note:

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.

The Harvard Art Museums require pre-employment screening.

Job Information
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, United States
  • 27178527
  • March 4, 2016
  • Calderwood Curatorial Fellow, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art
  • Internships/Fellowships
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • 1-2 Years
  • Master’s Degree