Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art are designed to provide Yale doctoral students, in their second through sixth year, the opportunity to work as part of an intellectual team on a major scholarly project at one of the museums.

About the Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are paid research positions, commensurate with a teaching fellowship of 17.5 hours per week, that are designed to enhance the educational experiences provided by academic course work and teaching fellowships at the University, allowing students to extend their range of academic specializations and expertise, and to augment research skills by direct contact with objects in the collections. GRAs are excused from their departmental teaching duties during the tenure of the research assistantship.

Research assistantship positions are open to graduate students in all disciplines.

Applicants for research assistantship positions at the Gallery may also be considered for Gallery curatorial internships. However, curatorial internships, unlike research assistantships, involve a flexible number of work hours and may not be substituted for a teaching requirement.

The application deadline for 2015 fellowships is Monday, March 9.


Application Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015

The application process is formal and competitive. Research assistantships are equivalent to University teaching assistant positions and cannot be negotiated through conversation with curators. Students who wish to apply should send a statement of intent and curriculum vitae. It is suggested that students seek the approval of their Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) before applying.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews with faculty and museum staff in April.

To apply, please email (as an attached Word document) a letter of application and curriculum vitae to:

Elizabeth Manekin
Assistant Curator of Education
Yale University Art Gallery

Financial Terms and Duration

The stipend for 2015–16 will be $10,650 for 17.5 hours per week.

Research assistantships are normally held over two terms. They are initially awarded for one term and are renewed for the second term after a midyear review, at the discretion of the supervising curator and DGS. At the discretion of the DGS, students in their second and third years may substitute up to two terms of research assistantship in lieu of fulfilling the teaching requirements. If, in an extraordinary case, a student wishes to pursue the same project for a third term, he or she may be allowed to continue on a part-time basis, but the term “research assistant” will not apply during this third term.

No positions beyond those described here can be financed at full stipend level or counted in lieu of teaching requirements. If a student holds a University fellowship, the research assistantship replaces the fellowship for the year in which he or she holds the position.

Project Description

Iranian and Indian Art

Supervised by David Ake Sensabaugh, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art

The Gallery has a large collection of objects from Persia and India, including paintings, manuscript pages, ceramics, architectural inscriptions, and textiles. With growing interest from faculty and scholars in using the collection for teaching and research purposes, and with the Arts of Islam installation in the Mimi Gates Study Gallery, the Department of Asian Art is in need of an assistant to conduct research on the paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics in the collection; verify and update catalogue records; write label text; and prepare research-based descriptions of objects, which will not only be useful to students and scholars but will also become the basic text for a future catalogue of the highlights of Yale’s Islamic holdings. Research on the manuscripts and paintings would lead to a special installation in the Dayton Gallery of Asian Art and in the Gates Study Gallery. In addition, during the year of the assistantship, the research assistant may be called upon to assist the Education Department with Yale course visits and other educational initiatives using the Islamic collection in the Gates Study Gallery.

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