Mellon Emerging Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellowship (Asia), UBC

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia invite applications for an Emerging Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellowship with a focus on Asia to begin May 1 or June 1, 2015. The fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is open to recent doctoral graduates for one year, with possibility of renewal for another year. Salary for this position is expected to be $45,000 per year plus benefits, but may vary, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be provided with some travel/research funds. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
This postdoctoral fellowship opportunity will afford a unique curatorial and research experience for an emerging curator, providing him/her with invaluable, hands-on curatorial experience. Appointed through AHVA but based in the Curatorial Department at MOA, the fellow will be expected to spend a substantial part of their residency within MOA, reporting primarily to the Director of MOA.
The fellow will work closely with the curator for Asia at MOA on exhibitions on Asia. The design of an exhibition would involve an intimate praxis between the curator, the fellow, and technical staff as part of a process of experimentation, transforming gallery and other spaces into museological laboratories. This perspective would make the process of exhibition design an integral part of the research process. The fellow will be expected to produce a publication (either hard copy or online) exploring and highlighting the themes of the exhibition(s).
Furthermore, the fellow will be expected to research MOA’s substantial Asian collections in his/her area of expertise and will be encouraged to develop and strengthen links between MOA, AHVA, and other departments throughout the university, and contribute to the intellectual life of the two host departments. Such contributions could take form of research, lectures, seminars and participation in the museum’s public functions. The fellowship is expected to contribute substantially towards nurturing a dynamic and innovative research culture within MOA and AHVA.
Awarded a doctorate in Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Curatorial Studies, History, Museum Studies, or related fields within the last 5 years.
Postgraduate research that demonstrates innovative and original thinking, and has relevancy to museums, especially to MOA, is required.
Experience working with Asian collections and/or a variety of Asian communities and individuals is desirable.
Ability to speak and write at least one Asian language.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills.
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae with a research and exhibition/programming proposal outlining the work and expected outputs during the tenure of the Mellon Emerging Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellowship at UBC.
All applications to be sent through this job posting at the UBC Faculty careers website –, Job ID: 19716 by December 5, 2014.
Contact: Professor Anthony Shelton. Email:
Primary Category: Curatorial Studies
Secondary Categories: Anthropology and Art History

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