2020–22 Sherman Fairchild Post-Graduate Fellowship in Conservation


The Morgan Library & Museum announces a one-year post-graduate fellowship in the Thaw Conservation Center (renewable for one additional year) The Sherman Fairchild Post-Graduate Fellowship in Conservation provides an emerging professional with the opportunity to apply the principles of paper and book conservation acquired through an accredited graduate program in museum/library conservation or equivalent experience. Under the guidance of the Morgan’s conservation staff, the Fellow will carry out examination, documentation, analysis, treatment, and research on the Morgan’s diverse collections of drawings, rare books, and manuscripts, and will contribute significantly to the institution’s program of exhibitions and loans; the Fellow will also assist with preventive conservation efforts such as housing, environmental monitoring and the maintenance of exhibition microclimates. Participating in all Thaw Center activities, the Fellow will gain professional experience while commencing a career in book and/or paper conservation. The many offerings of the New York cultural, conservation and research communities provide a dynamic environment for learning and professional networking.

The Thaw Conservation Center is a major resource in New York City for the conservation and technical study of works on paper and bound materials

The Fellowship term will begin in September 2020. It is renewable for one additional year.

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2020

The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Morgan strongly encourages applicants with a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in programming, outreach, hiring, and collection development.


Applicants should be graduates of a recognized graduate-level program in conservation or be able to demonstrate the acquisition of equivalent skills and knowledge through work/life experience.  A portfolio of treatments and research projects will be required of all applicants.

Candidates should possess strong public speaking and written communications skills.

The Fellow should have a demonstrated commitment to the profession of conservation and scholarly advancement.  


Annual compensation is $38,125.00 plus benefits. Details on compensation and the hiring process will be provided to those selected for interviews.

To apply: 

Applicants should submit electronically a cover letter addressing their interest in the Fellowship, including a statement of career goals and areas of particular interest; curricula vitae; and three letters of recommendation to Maria Fredericks, Sherman Fairchild Head of the Thaw Conservation Center at tcc@themorgan.org.

*Generously underwritten by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.

The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, marital status or domestic violence victim status.