Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2022–24

Post Date:
November 17, 2021
Application Due:
January 30, 2022





Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world's most perfect museums and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Mr. Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, in 1935, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world's most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of The Frick Collection are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder.

The Frick has moved into its temporary home in the former Whitney Museum Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue, Frick Madison, while renovations are undertaken to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street.

Position Summary

The Frick Collection is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year predoctoral fellowship for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship offers invaluable curatorial training and provides the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation. Internationally renowned for its exceptional collection of western European art from the early Renaissance through the end of the nineteenth century, The Frick Collection—complemented by the equally significant resources of the Frick Art Reference Library—offers a unique opportunity for object-based research. The fellowship is best suited to a student working on a dissertation that pertains to one of the major strengths of the collection and library.

The Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow will have an opportunity to work with curatorial and educational staff on research for permanent collection displays and special exhibitions. Other curatorial training responsibilities include participation in the daily administrative routines of a small museum. The Fellow will have a place of study, access to the collections and library, as well as introductions to New York City museums and libraries. Frick curators and conservation staff will be available for consultation on the dissertation. The Fellow will divide his or her time between the completion of the dissertation and activities in the Curatorial Department. The Fellow is considered a full-time temporary exempt employee for the duration of the two-year fellowship.

Benefits of Employment with The Frick Collection

Paid Holidays: All full-time employees are eligible for 14 paid holidays, all federal holidays plus: Lincoln’s Birthday, Juneteenth, and Election Day, and two floating holidays to be used in the last quarter of the year.

Sick and Vacation Time: All full-time employees are eligible to accrue up to 12 sick days and 12 vacation days in their first year of employment and in subsequent years. In the fourth year of employment vacation accruals increase to up to 17 days per year.

Family Leave: We also provide all eligible employees with bereavement leave, and paid parental leave, and adhere to federal family leave laws.

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance: All eligible full-time employees and their eligible dependents may enroll in employee-sponsored benefits plans. Employees contribute to the cost of health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected.

Short- and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance: The Frick covers the entire cost of disability and life insurance benefits for all eligible full-time employees. The life insurance benefit is up to three times the employee’s annual salary.

Retirement: The Frick supports all eligible employees in planning for retirement by offering participation in a 403(b) tax-deferred savings plan and a defined-benefit pension plan.

Wellness Programs: The Frick offers programs including Employee Assistance Plan, and discounts on Citi Bike memberships and bike helmets.

Additional Benefits: The Frick also offers eligible employees benefits including discounted Metro Cards/Transit Checks and flexible spending accounts for medical expenses, dependent care and commuting costs.

Qualifications and Application Process

Applicants must be within two years of completing their dissertations. The Fellow will receive a salaried stipend of $41,600 per year and a travel allowance. The Fellow is also considered a full-time employee for the duration of their fellowship and will be eligible for the benefits associated with full-time employment. The term will begin in September 2022 and conclude in August 2024.

Applications must include the following materials:

  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship. The letter should include a home address, phone number, and email address.
  • An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages double-spaced, describing the applicant's area of research.
  • A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications. Please include anticipated date of completion for Ph.D. program.
  • A copy of a published paper or a writing sample in English, no more than fifty pages in length.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional).

Please submit application materials to Letters of recommendation should be sent to this address directly from recommenders. PDFs of signed letters on university or business stationary are preferred.

The application deadline for the fellowship is January 30, 2022.

Finalists will be interviewed. The Frick Collection plans to make the appointment by March. 

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principal at The Frick Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.