One-Year Postgraduate Fellowship in Visual Culture

Jul 12, 2017

Department: Public Programs                    
Supervisor: Director, Content and Public Programming
Schedule: Full-Time Appointment, 10/2017–9/2018
Salary: $55,000


ICP is offering a full-time postdoctoral/postgraduate public humanities fellowship, with an emphasis on visual culture. This position is ideally suited for applicants interested in a career in museum or cultural center public programming, education, interpretation, or public humanities. Candidates should have experience in publicly engaged humanities work (gallery, library, archive, or museum; community arts organization; and/or social justice project) and demonstrated skills relevant to humanities public programming, research, teaching, and/or community engagement. They should be both a practitioner and a thoughtful critic, capable of thinking through the process of translating humanities ideas and thinking into engaging, social-change oriented public programming.

Full-time salaried appointment ($55,000) with excellent benefits; ICP-based research/project support funds available.


Working with the Director of Content and Public Programming and the Manager of Public Programs, the fellow will:

  • Participate in the development, coordination, and documentation of a public programs engagement strategy, geared to the creation of programs that inspire reflection and dialogue on photography, visual culture, and social change. This may involve program conceptualization, researching community needs, developing collaborative partnerships with organizations and individuals, and developing internal and external support for projects. Strategic development might include creating surveys, conducting interviews, convening focus groups and meetings, as well as ongoing analysis of current methodologies.
  • Assist in development of an annual symposium on a theme of major importance in the fields of photography and/or visual culture, convening thinkers, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, community workers, entrepreneurs, and others.
  • Perform one public lecture during the tenure of the fellowship.
  • Position requires three days a week office attendance, in addition to regular evening attendance of public programming events.



  • Ph.D in any field of the humanities with an art historical/critical, photographic, or visual cultural emphasis; or an MA in museum studies, public humanities, or equivalent, with similar emphasis
  • Terminal degree conferred within the last five years and before start date of postdoc
  • Demonstrable strong research focus on photography or visual culture
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills
  • Ability to engage with people in new settings as well as excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills


  • Excellent skills in project management, teaching and outreach, communication, and collaboration
  • Experience coordinating and promoting programs
  • A desire to translate cutting-edge humanities thinking into engaging public programming for the general public

How To Apply

Send résumé and cover letter to:

Human Resources
International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Email: (please put “Postgraduate Fellowship” in subject line)
Fax: 212.857.0089
No telephone calls please.

The International Center of Photography is an Equal Opportunity Employer.