The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) invites applicants for our Curatorial Fellowship program, made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation. This paid, part-time position offers the opportunity to gain knowledge about contemporary art museums from an inside view. The fellow will work in a hands-on capacity alongside museum curators on exhibitions, special projects, and publications, acquiring expertise in contemporary art and best museum practices while receiving individualized mentorship. The fellowship requires a one-year commitment working 20 hours per week, and will be paid a monthly stipend and some paid travel for research. The fellowship period is December 2019–December 2020; the fellow will be designated as an independent contractor.  


Support curators in all phases of exhibition development, including conducting research, assembling checklists and presentations, and writing labels and didactic materials. Support the production of scholarly publications by securing image reproduction rights, assisting with proofreading, and supporting publication management.  Provide administrative support to the curators as needed, including correspondence, loan requests, and mailings. Participate in the life of the curatorial department and the ICA by attending regular meetings, ICA special events, and talks. Other duties as assigned.


An advanced degree in art history, museum studies, or a related field preferred; current Master’s and doctoral candidates accepted. Sound art-history research skills and an ability to conduct independent research. Strong writing and verbal communication, and a demonstrated ability to write for multiple audiences. Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work on multiple projects at once. Ability to travel required.


The Curatorial Fellowship program is made possible, in part, through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation. The grant helps the ICA offer fellowship opportunities in the curatorial department over three years. It supports the Initiative’s goal to increase the demographic and cultural diversity of curatorial and management leadership in the museum field. The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the curatorial and museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a resume, letter of interest, and short art history writing sample to When applying, include “Curatorial Fellowship” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2019.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive Boston MA; it is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line).

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being an inclusive workplace as well as increasing diversity in our workforce. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.


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