2021 Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship


The Morgan Library & Museum announces a one-year post-graduate fellowship in rare book conservation with the possibility of renewal for a second term of eleven months. The fellowship will provide an emerging book conservator with a mentored post-graduate opportunity, working under the guidance of an experienced staff of book and paper conservators. Projects of progressive complexity will develop decision-making and treatment skills as applied to the preservation, repair, rebinding, exhibition, and loan of bound materials - both printed and manuscript. The fellow will participate in all Thaw Conservation Center activities, including treatment, documentation, technical studies and research, preventive conservation, and environmental monitoring.

The fellowship starts in late September–early October 2021.

The fellowship will take place on-site to the maximum extent possible as Covid-19 health guidelines for New York and the Morgan evolve.
The Morgan is a dynamic museum and research library environment, with extraordinary and varied holdings of books, manuscripts and works of art on paper; the Thaw Conservation Center is a major resource in New York City for the conservation and study of books, manuscripts, bindings, and works on paper.
The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Applicants should be emerging professionals who are recent graduates of a recognized graduate-level program in conservation, or have acquired equivalent skills, knowledge and experience through other means.
The successful candidate will have a strong grounding in conservation theory and ethics, particularly as applied to books and library materials, as well as demonstrable skills in the treatment of rare books at the post-graduate level. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, plus a commitment to public outreach will be important assets.
An electronic portfolio of treatment and/or research projects, with relevant written and visual documentation, will be required of applicants selected for interviews.


Annual salary $40,000. Excellent Benefits
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021. Virtual interviews will take place during late July.

To apply: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the fellowship, including a statement of career goals and areas of special interest for research or treatment, plus a curriculum vitae and a list of three referees.
Three letters of recommendation should be provided separately by the referees. All materials must be received by July 1, 2021.  
Application materials, including letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically to tcc@themorgan.org; preliminary inquiries may be addressed to mfredericks@themorgan.org
Please note: It is the fellow’s responsibility to arrive in the New York area in time to begin work on the designated start date, after fulfilling any travel-related quarantine requirements that may be in effect at that time.
This fellowship is generously supported by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.
The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. The Morgan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.