Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow – Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums


The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main focus for the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs.
  • Under the supervision of thePhilip and Lynn Straus Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  • Foregrounding the museum’s teaching and research mission, the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums’ Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments six hours a week, participates in a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms.
  • The Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and participate in regular cohort meetings and the annual Fellows symposium.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Basic Qualifications:  Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelors’ degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  • Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  • Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  • Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography and x-radiography, and infrared reflectography (IRR).
  • Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and management software and Adobe Photoshop.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituents, and welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitment.

Application Procedures

Please apply online with a letter of interest and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting June 11, 2021 and continuing until the position is filled.

Upon review of initial applications, selected candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation. Other supporting documents may include transcripts and writing samples.

Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae here.

Additional Note:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information:

The term of this fellowship is September 7, 2021- June 30, 2022. In addition to the compensation, the fellowship has an allocated travel budget and is eligible to participate in Harvard’s fringe benefits program.

Discover Harvard Art Museums and Harvard University Benefits

  • A creative, high- energy, collaborative environment
  • Generous Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Holiday pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits starting on your first day
  • Transportation benefits to help with your daily commute
  • Health and wellness discounts, memberships and programs

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