Florence B. Selden Fellow Department of Prints and Drawings, Yale University Art Gallery

Posting Date: 
January 4, 2023

Florence B. Selden Fellow

Department of Prints and Drawings, Yale University Art Gallery

This is a full-time one-year fellowship, with the possibility for renewal for a second year.

Salary range: $45,000-$50,000, commensurate with education and experience, and a competitive benefits package: https://postdocs.yale.edu/postdocs/benefits

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Curators of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Florence B. Selden Fellow will supervise the department’s active study room and act as the primary liaison between the department and faculty teaching from the collections of works on paper. The Selden Fellow will prepare and follow through to publication the annual list of the department’s acquisitions on the Gallery’s website, conduct scholarly research to catalogue new acquisitions, answer queries about the collection, and interact with scholars, students, and the public on matters concerning the collection. The Selden Fellow will have the opportunity to propose acquisitions, conduct independent research, and assist with special exhibitions and permanent gallery installations. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds interested in working in the prints and drawings curatorial field.

Interested and qualified candidates must include the following documents with their application: cover letter describing career goals and why this position is of particular interest; CV; graduate transcript; an example of recent written research (maximum 2 pages); names and contact information of three references (letters not necessary).

Deadline for receipt of applications is March 31, 2023.


  1. The Selden Fellow will receive advanced training in the proper cataloguing of Western works of on paper dating from the 15th century to the present, including in the use of oeuvre catalogues and reference works on collectors’ marks and publisher chop marks.
  2. The fellow will receive training in the proper handling of works of art on paper and in paper connoisseurship, including the history of paper manufacture and watermarks.
  3. The fellow will be provided in-depth instruction in the use of the Gallery’s collection database, The Museum System (TMS), which will be critical to the fellow’s carrying out of responsibilities as well as to future training in the field.
  4. The fellow will receive instruction in provenance research and in the proper compilation of object bibliography.


  1. The fellow will receive instruction in the hosting of class and scholar visits (in-person and virtual) to our active Duffy Study Room, which will be a principal part of the fellowship position.  
  2. Intensive mentorship will be provided in the research, formation, and delivery of gallery talks and public presentations.
  3. Working closely with the department curators, the fellow will be introduced to all aspects of the preparation of exhibitions and permanent gallery installations, from the selection of objects to the writing and editing of exhibition texts and wall labels.
  4. The fellow will receive encouragement and oversight on independent scholarly ventures, including the preparation of articles for scholarly publication. 

Education and preferred experience:

  1. M.A. in Art History or related field.
  2. Commitment to the field of graphic arts and to object-based teaching.
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate with colleagues and the public in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
  4. Museum and/or teaching experience.
  5. Familiarity with collections databases, preferably TMS (The Museum System).
  6. Ability to exercise discretion and to be a team player in an active office and museum environment.
  7. Familiarity with at least one European language.
  8. Well-developed research and written communication skills.
  9. Ability to lift 35 pounds.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

A copy of the application can be addressed directly to:

Freyda Spira

Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings

Yale University Art Gallery

c/o Suzanne Greenawalt, Senior Museum Assistant: suzanne.greenawalt@yale.edu

Job Type: 
postgraduate positions
Posting Date Field: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2023