American Friends of the Capodimonte Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, 2019-2021

For the inaugural period of the AFoC fellowship initiative, the Museo di Capodimonte welcomes one postdoctoral curatorial fellow for the duration of two consecutive academic years. The fellow will be fully integrated into the museum’s curatorial departments, and will assist in developing and executing a traveling exhibition curated from works of the Capodimonte’s permanent collections. As the Capodimonte approaches an unprecedented phase of renovation and revitalization, the fellow will also collaborate directly in the re-presentation of the museum’s permanent collections, with a particular emphasis on making the Capodimonte’s innumerable treasures more widely approachable to an international audience. The fellow will be fully integrated into the inner workings of the Capodimonte during one of the most exciting periods in the museum’s illustrious history.


Fellowship Period

The fellow must be in residence at the Museo di Capodimonte during the fellowship period.

The fellowship period is September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2021. The fellow may be eligible for a third-year renewal. For a third year renewal, the candidate must submit a formal letter requesting renewal by no later than June 2020.


The American Friends of Capodimonte Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow will be provided housing near the Capodimonte. The fellow has access to the rich resources of Naples, including museums, historic landmarks and the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli, which is the largest Italian library after Florence and Rome. 


Applicants for 2019-2021 must hold a PhD degree in Art History not received before May 30, 2016. Pre-doctoral candidates may apply if the PhD degree will be awarded before commencement of the fellowship period. Applicants must be United States Citizens at the time of application. Applications are reviewed by museum staff and an external selection committee composed of scholars in the history of art. The applicant may not hold concurrent fellowships or awards during the fellowship period. 

The applicant must also specialize in Early Modern European Art, preferably Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.


The American Friends of Capodimonte Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship award is $40,000 per year in addition to housing. The fellow will receive reimbursement for travel and health insurance.

Fellow’s Contribution

In addition to contributing to the interpretation and presentation of the Capodimonte’s permanent collections, the fellow must also pursue publishing his/her own work during the fellowship period. The fellow will consult with the Director of Capodimonte to determine appropriate publication projects. The fellow’s publication record during the fellowship is an important criterion to be considered if the candidate requests a third year renewal.


Candidates for the Friends of the Capodimonte Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship must download and complete the application form (click link here: XXX)

Applicants must also submit the following hard-copy materials via post mail: 

All materials must be submitted in English

  • Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship position.
  • 2-3 page exhibition project proposal to be undertaken while in residence (double-spaced, not to exceed 1000 words). 
  • 1 writing sample: Copy of published paper or recent writing sample (article, book chapter, dissertation chapter).
  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation from professional art historians.


The deadline for all materials, to be submitted in one packet, is November 30, 2018. Applications must be received on or before the deadline of November 30, 2018, 5 pm (ET). Late applications will not be considered. Candidates will be contacted regarding the status of their application in early Spring 2019. 


Mail packet to:

American Friends Of Capodimonte
30 Benefit Street

Providence, RI 02904