Thomson Curatorial Fellowship in European Art

Curatorial Toronto, Ontario


Requisition Id: 2023-229
Number of Positions: 1
Job Status: Intern/Co-op/Fellowship
Hours & Days of Work: up to 35 hours per week
Minimum Salary: $--
Maximum Salary: $--
Target Start Date: 08/01/2024
Target End Date: 07/31/2025


(Up to 35 hours per week)   



About the AGO   

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, attracting approximately one million visitors annually. The AGO Collection of more than 120,000 works of art ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists and European masterpieces. The AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, including solo exhibitions and acquisitions by diverse and underrepresented artists from around the world. The AGO is home to the Thomson Collection, a vast holding of Canadian painting and European sculpture, decorative arts, and painting from the Middle Ages to the 1800s.    

The Art Gallery of Ontario is seeking applications for its Thomson Fellow of European Art. The Fellowship runs for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.    

Applications are due Friday, March 15, 2024.    

About the Fellowship    

The Thomson Curatorial Fellowship in European Art is designed to provide mentorship and on-the-job practical training to equip the Fellow with skills necessary to enter the job market for a career in museums.   

  • The Fellow will develop an exhibition around the theme of maritime materials in art making, 1200-1600. These materials include but are not limited to coral, mother of pearl, sharks’ teeth, and amber.
  • Working under the mentorship of the European Art Department’s two curators, the Fellow will perform art historical research on the subject and identify loans from museums in North America and Europe to request for the exhibition.
  • The Fellow may work with the museum’s conservators to undertake technical research on relevant objects in our collection.
  • The Fellow will work with the museum’s interpretive planners, editors, designers among many other experts to develop the exhibition’s look and feel, labels, and layout.
  • The Fellow will also gain experience through broader department and museum activities. A vibrant cohort of curatorial and conservation fellows works at the museum and the group will meet with leaders from different divisions within the museum to learn about many aspects of how our institution functions, and about different career paths within museums.

Relevant Skills:   

  • PhD or ABD (all requirements toward the completion of a PhD with the exception of dissertation submission) in art history or a related Humanities field
  • Expertise in an area directly related Medieval or Renaissance art
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills; experience in writing for different purposes and broad audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in speaking and writing about art to specialized audiences as well as broader publics.
  • Minimum 1 year of related experience working within a Curatorial department at a museum
  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal, and public relations skills.

Compensation and Benefits   

  • The successful candidate will receive a CAD $50,000.00 stipend annually. This is subject to income tax.
  • The Fellow will receive a stipend to cover health insurance for the period of the fellowship.
  • The Fellow will receive 10 days of vacation per year.
  • The Fellow will have access to funding for research travel.


Application Materials   

  • Two Letters of Recommendation from a University Professor or museum professional. These should be emailed to [email protected] by March 15, 2024.
  • Cover Letter introducing yourself, your academic trajectory, and your interest in museum work
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Assignment: select three objects from any museum collection that you would propose for an exhibition related to the sea and art making, dating between 1200 and 1600. For each, please write one paragraph describing the work and one paragraph explaining why it belongs in the exhibition.  (Note: this is to be uploaded in the ‘Additional Portfolio Materials’ tab on the application.)

This Fellowship will take place on-site at the AGO with an expected start date beginning in Fall 2024.    

The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4   


External Application Deadline: 03/15/2024