Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships 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.

About the Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art are open to Yale University doctoral students, in their second through sixth year, in all disciplines.

GRAs 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 museum careers, students gain in-depth knowledge of the scholarly and logistical aspects of exhibition preparation and develop other professional skills. The stipend will be commensurate with the 2019–20 graduate teaching fellowship stipend at Yale.

Eligibility and Requirements

The application process is formal and competitive. Research assistantships are equivalent to University teaching assistant positions and cannot be negotiated through conversation with curators. It is suggested that students seek the approval of their Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) before applying. Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter with a statement of intent
  • A résumé or CV

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Project Description

Department of African Art

Conceptualizing a New Exhibition Space in the African Art Galleries

Supervised by James Green, the Benenson Assistant Curator of African Art

The Department of African Art at the Gallery seeks a graduate research assistant to collaborate with the assistant curator in the reconceptualization of the permanent-collection galleries, where the new display will include a rotating “laboratory” space showcasing different perspectives on African art. The research assistant will get to know the strengths of the collection, housed both at the Gallery and the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus, and develop a keen understanding of the issues surrounding the collecting, display, and representation of African art in museums. The successful applicant will aid in the development of a long-term strategy for this new space, with the goal of creating an intellectually stimulating hub for the study and celebration of historic and contemporary African art and culture. The research assistant will help develop exhibition ideas, and select and research objects for future display. A background in art history or African studies and prior museum experience are desired.

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