Fellowship in Book or Paper Conservation

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, a non-profit paper-based conservation laboratory located in Philadelphia, PA, is pleased to offer a twelve-month post-graduate fellowship in the book or paper lab beginning in September 2020. The fellowship has the possibility of renewal for a second year. 

CCAHA is a busy regional center that offers paper, photo, and book conservation, housing, digitization, and preservation services. The conservation fellow will treat a wide range of paper-based materials (bound or unbound depending on their specialization and interests), including modern and historic works of art on paper, maps, archival materials, and parchment documents. The fellow will work with experienced conservators and technicians in a collaborative environment. The fellow’s research interests will be supported to develop a presentation, publication, or an internally presented paper. There may also be opportunities to participate in on-site collection surveys, on-site treatment projects, and educational programs.

The applicant should have a Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program with a specialization in book or paper conservation.


In addition to a stipend of $35,000, the fellowship provides health insurance, paid leave, two weeks of research/professional development time, and a $2,000 travel and research allowance. 

To Apply

Interested applicants should upload a resume, three letters of professional reference, and three sample treatment reports addressed to Jessica Silverman, Director of Conservation, at https://ccaha.freshteam.com/jobs/To_M2UResHTG/fellow-in-paper-conservation.

Deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.


CCAHA was founded in 1977 and has grown to be one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. Its wide array of services, sophisticated treatment facilities, innovative approaches, and highly trained and experienced staff have earned it a prominent and respected place in the conservation field. We serve nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations in the preservation of works on paper, archival documents, photographic materials, and books through conservation treatment, collection surveys and consultations, housing & framing, and digital imaging services. Our preventive conservation and preservation services staff focuses on capacity building for collecting institutions through fundraising support, strategic planning and assessment projects, emergency planning and response initiatives, and in developing educational programs and conferences. CCAHA’s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.

CCAHA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff and our clients.