Call for Applications: Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology

November 1, 2015


Salary is $35,000 per year. Housing is available, as is a small research/travel fund while the Fellow is in residence. 


Bard Graduate Center and the American Museum of Natural History invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship jointly appointed at Bard Graduate Center and in the Anthropology Division at the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. The fellow’s project focuses on a specific area of material culture: Southeast Asian textiles, including textiles from Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Brunei, East Timor, Philippines.

Past areas of specialization have included the indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, Oceania, South American textiles, and Australian Aboriginal cultures. The project makes use of the AMNH collection. A PhD in Anthropology or a related field is required.

The fellow teaches one graduate course each year and mounts an innovative small exhibition, ideally drawing on the collections of the AMNH, in Bard Graduate Center’s Focus Gallery. A major purpose of the Bard Graduate Center-AMNH Fellowship is to promote mutual scholarly interest and interaction among our fellows, faculty, and students, and the AMNH academic community. The Fellow will have office space and be expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of both institutions.

Current and past fellows include:

Shawn C. Rowlands (Fall 2014-Summer 2016)
Focus Gallery Exhibition: Entangled Frontiers, February 26- July24, 2016

Nicola Sharratt (Fall 2012-Summer 2014)
Focus Gallery Exhibition: Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas, April 11–August 3, 2014

Erin Hasinoff  (Fall 2010- Summer 2012)
Focus Gallery Exhibition: Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, April 4–August 4, 2013

Aaron J. Glass  (Fall 2008- Summer 2010)
Focus Gallery Exhibition: Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast, January 26–April 17, 2011


To apply, please submit the following materials via email as a single PDF to [email protected]: cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample publication, and a list of three references. Candidates will be judged primarily on their research abilities, experience, and on the merits and scope of the proposed research.

Bard Graduate Center is an AA/EOE employer. Please direct any questions AND YOUR APPLICATION to [email protected] and see our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please add “AMNH Fellowship” to the subject line when you submit your application.