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 at the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery are designed to provide Yale University 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. These research positions enhance the educational experiences provided by academic course work and teaching assistantships 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. Although the positions are not restricted to those students who wish to pursue a museum career, students gain in-depth knowledge of the scholarly and logistical aspects of exhibition preparation and develop other professional skills.

Research assistantship positions are open to graduate students in all disciplines. Up to five GRAs will be awarded: four at the Center, and one at the Gallery.

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.

Application

Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

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 yuag.acadaff@yale.edu.

Inquiries may be addressed to:
Issa Lampe
Bradley Senior Associate Curator for Academic Affairs
Yale University Art Gallery
issa.lampe@yale.edu

Financial Terms and Duration

The stipend for 2017–18 will be $10,650 per semester.

Research assistantships are being offered for one or two semesters, as indicated. Full-year GRAs are initially awarded for one semester and are renewed for the second semester 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 semesters 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 or fourth semester, he or she may be allowed to continue.

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 the student holds the position.

Project Descriptions

Up to five GRAs will be awarded: four at the Center, and one at the Gallery. For position descriptions, download the Graduate Research Assistantship Proposals PDF below.

Download GRA Proposals

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