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See below for the latest jobs, fellowships and courses. We also host an academic noticeboard, where calls for papers, conferences, can be posted for free, as well as a list of art dealers and services, and information on our annual Contemporary Art Writing Prize.

Graduate programs in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby's Institute

The Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Art and Design derives from the oldest program at Sotheby's Institute of Art, which started in 1969. It offers an integrated study of fine and decorative art and design based on case studies drawn from the late Renaissance through to the latetwentieth century. These studies are used as lenses through which to examine the production and materiality of art objects, and to consider aspects of consumption, including patronage and collecting and the historical and contemporary art market. Sotheby's Institute of Art in London is accredited by The University of Manchester, and offers world-class education across a variety of art world disciplines. 15-week Semester courses in Decorative Arts and Design also offered at the London campus.

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Sotheby's Institute of Art is The Graduate School of Art and Its Markets
Evolving from a small connoisseurship program begun by Sotheby's Auction House in 1969 Sotheby's Institute of Art is now the leader in art business education and object based learning. Our faculty represent the best of the art world helping students master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce.


Address: 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7462 3244

Study Higher and Continuing Education Programmes with Christie's Education in London, New York, Hong Kong and Online

Christie’s Education is a specialist provider of higher and continuing education, and an internationally recognised centre of academic excellence in the study of art business and the art market, art history and art world ecosystems, curating and connoisseurship.

We offer master’s degrees in London and New York, and are dedicated to preparing students for entry into the art world, placing great importance on analytical skills, object-based learning, research and scholarship, and the practical experience of art and business as the keys to professional success. Studies are reinforced with a rigorous professional development course and all students are offered an integrated art world work placement as part of their degree.

We also offer a wide range of continuing education opportunities in London, New York and Hong Kong, designed to introduce the fundamentals of art, collecting and art business, as well as advanced and certificate courses for those with an appetite to study at a deeper level. In addition, our online courses provide a fully immersive experience of the art world, enabling you to access rich and exclusive content wherever you are based.

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Address: 42 Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B 1NB

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7665 4350


2020 Awards

The Leverhulme Trust is currently accepting applications for the following awards:


Research Fellowships enable experienced researchers
to undertake a programme of research on a topic of
their choice. Up to £55,000 is available for research
costs, replacement teaching costs, or loss of earnings.
Fellowships are offered for periods of 3 to 24 months.

Closing date: 7 November 2019

International Academic Fellowships provide
established UK researchers with an opportunity to spend
time in one or more research centres outside the UK,
to develop new knowledge and skills, for example by
learning new techniques, collaborating with colleagues
overseas, or developing innovations in teaching. Up to
£45,000 is available to provide replacement teaching
costs, research and travel costs. Fellowships are offered for
periods of 3 to 24 months. 

Closing date: 7 November 2019

Emeritus Fellowships enable retired academics from UK
institutions to complete a body of research for publication.
Up to £24,000 is available for research costs. Fellowships
are offered for periods of 3 to 24 months. 

Closing date: 30 January 2020

Study Abroad Studentships support a period
of advanced study or research anywhere in the world,
except for the UK and USA. £21,000 a year is available for
maintenance and travel; additional help with fees, research
costs, and maintenance for dependents may also be provided.
Studentships are offered for periods of 12 to 24 months.

Closing date: 13 January 2020

For more information please visit,
call 020 7042 9861/9862,
or email:
Registered Charity No. 1159154



The scholarship has been created to provide funding over a 12-month period to those engaged in the study of French 18th-century fine and decorative art to enable them to develop new ideas and research that will contribute to this field of art historical study.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be studying, or intending to study, for an MA, PhD, post-doctoral or independent research in the field of French 18th-century fine and decorative arts within the 12-month period the funding is given (i.e. September 2020 – August 2020).

The funding is open to UK and international applicants.

Support provided and duration

£10,000 is awarded to one recipient per year and applies to a 12-month period.

Payments are made in Pound Sterling. Payments of £2,500 are normally made on a quarterly basis, with the first payment being disbursed within one month of the recipient being formally notified that they have been awarded the scholarship. Some flexibility in the payment schedule can be made, with prior approval, depending on the recipient’s circumstances.

Before payment can be made, the recipient must have formally accepted the grant. Any unspent funds at the end of the grant period must be returned to The Burlington.

Eligible costs:

- Tuition/university fees
- Travel and subsistence costs
- Book costs related to the research
- Image costs related to the research
- Facility/museum/archive access costs or related fees, such as photocopying

Cost NOT allowed:

- Travel or registration costs for conference/meeting/workshop/training attendance, collaborative visits, or any training.
- Computer costs, unless it is a dedicated cost that is essential to the proposal and the importance has been clearly justified within the application.
- Any staff costs, whether personal payments (including salary) to the applicant or to other individuals including overseas collaborators, postgraduate, doctoral students and for other members of staff.
- Membership costs to any association(s)/organisation(s)
- General journal subscription costs

Start date

The start date of successful applications should be at the beginning of the academic year (generally September). Earlier start dates will be considered for independent scholars or post-doctoral research.

Closing date and notification date

Closing date: 23 March 2020

The successful applicant will be notified by 31 May 2020.

Application procedure

Applicants must provide:

- CV
- Description of project/research (no longer than 2 pages of A4)
- Budget
- Proof of Institution you are attending/will attend – if applicable

Applications can only be submitted via email.

All application documents must be submitted in PDF or Word document (.docx) format and emailed to

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and asked to provide two references for further review by the Selection Panel.

All correspondence should be conducted in English.

Monitoring the award

Final Report: No later than two months after the grant comes to an end the recipient will provide a written report of no less than 2-pages of A4 paper, in English, summarising the results of the research, as well as the spending allocation of the funds received. The recipient will also provide a copy of the thesis or independent research document or publication when it is completed.

Award acknowledgement and logo

We ask all award-holders to acknowledge The Burlington’s support in any publicity, conference or workshop talks, promotional material or publications associated with the research funded by The Burlington. Logos can be provided upon request.


If you have any enquiries about the submission of your application please contact the Burlington at



Background to The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Collection with its furnishings and works of art has been open to the public since 1935, and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Adjacent to the museum is The Frick Art Reference Library, aninternationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 360,000 books and periodicals, and 100,000 auction catalogs. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting and is open to interested individuals from all over the world. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

Position Summary - Assistant/Associate Curator of Decorative Arts

With important holdings in eighteenth-century French furniture, ceramics (Sèvres, Meissen, Du Paquier and Asian porcelain), Limoges enamels, and European timepieces from the 16th to 19th centuries, The Frick Collection is seeking to appoint an assistant/associate curator responsible for its varied collection of Decorative Arts. Working under the supervision of the Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, he/she will be responsible for the care, display, research and interpretation of the collection of decorative arts, and for its potential growth, by gift and acquisition. He/she will be expected to develop exhibitions and displays relating to significant works in the Collection, and will have the opportunity to publish and lecture to a wide variety of audiences. He/she will coordinate permanent collection art moves in that area, in collaboration with the curators. He/she will also be encouraged to contribute to projects in other areas. Additional areas in which the Assistant/Associate Curator for Decorative Arts will serve are: - Assisting with researching, writing texts for, and installation plans for long-term loans to Collection. - Assisting with permanent collection gallery labels. - Writing articles for The Frick Collection’s Members Magazine. - Participating in Education programs with lectures, seminars, and gallery talks. - Contributing to donors’ cultivation and fundraising. Requirements - Postgraduate Degree in art history, ideally in the field of Decorative Arts between the 15th and the 19th centuries. - Established expertise in French 18th-century art. - Scholarly publications in the field of Decorative Arts, with a particular focus on French art. - Exceptional knowledge of French language. - Additional secondary knowledge of one of these languages: German, Italian. - Established skills in public speaking and lecturing. - Previous curatorial experience in museum world. Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection

Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected. Other benefits include Short and Long Term Disability insurance, employee contributed tax deferred annuity, flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs, generous defined benefit pension plan with participation after one year of service/vesting after five years of service, 13 paid holidays, and accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment. All employees may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. The Frick provides employees with a discount on Museum Shop purchases and an on-site employee dining service. The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Please send resume with salary requirements to: Include “Assistant/Associate Curator of Decorative Arts” in subject line of email.

Chief Curator

The Frick Collection

1 East 70th Street

New York, NY 10021 

Inquiries without cover letter and salary requirements will not be considered

No phone calls please.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principal at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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