Fellowship in Photo or Paper Conservation

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), a non-profit conservation laboratory located in Philadelphia, PA, is pleased to offer a twelve-month post-graduate fellowship in either our paper conservation lab or our photo conservation lab beginning in September 2022. Strong preference will be given to applicants that are experienced in both paper AND photographic materials (e.g. photo major with a paper minor or vice-versa). Though not anticipated, the 2022-2023  fellowship year could be a combination of remote work and in-lab work depending on safety measures in place due to COVID-19. The fellowship has the possibility of renewal for a second year.   

 The selected paper or photo fellow will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials. Paper treatments may include modern and historic works of art on paper, maps, archival materials, and parchment documents. Photo treatments may include photo albums, 20th century fine art gelatin silver prints, and a variety of historic and contemporary color materials. The fellow will work with experienced conservators and technicians in a collaborative environment. 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. Applicants that are not US citizens must have a valid work visa. In addition to a salary of $36,000, the fellowship provides options for medical and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid leave, two weeks of research/professional development time, and a research allowance.  

To Apply: 

Interested applicants should prepare a resumé, three letters of professional reference, and three sample treatment reports. Please send these as shared cloud folder links or as attachments (with individual attachments that are no larger than 15MB each) to the following portal email with the subject line “Paper or Photo Post-graduate Fellowship Application” paper_or_photo_conservation_fel_id_ze6vHblsAMkr@ccaha.freshteam.com.  

Questions about the fellowship or application process may be directed to Jessica Silverman, Director of Conservation,  jsilverman@ccaha.org.   Preference will be given to applications received by April 30, 2022. 

About CCAHA:   

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, 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 or 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 for our clients.