Cranbrook Art Museum is accepting applications for a full-time, paid, curatorial fellow to conduct research on mid-twentieth-century modern design. This is a unique opportunity for an emerging scholar with a passion for modern design, decorative arts, or architecture who will help shape our understanding of the role played by various designers, architects, and design companies in the evolution of what many now call midcentury modernism. A major thrust of the Fellow’s work will be assessing and reassessing the contributions of key figures associated with Knoll and Herman Miller. As such they will have special access to the collections and holdings of these companies and others.

The fellow will work closely with the museum director, chief curator, and archivists at MillerKnoll. The research is expected to culminate in an exhibition and/or publication and thus the fellowship period is for a three-year period (ideally August 2022 through July 2025) of work.

The successful applicant will become a key member of the museum staff. The intimate scale of the institution ensures that Fellows are exposed to all aspects of museum operations. Fellowships at Cranbrook Art Museum have attracted talented new curators who have gone on to lead curatorial programs in major museums across the country.

The fellowship is a full-time curatorial position that will:


The ideal candidate should hold a PhD in architectural or design history or related field with specialization in early-to-mid-twentieth century modernism. At minimum, completion of M.A. coursework in a related field is required; familiarization and experience in archival research; document and object handling procedures;
demonstrated research and interpretation skills; outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills; attention to detail; strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); and collections
database experience (TMS strongly preferred). Previous curatorial experience or internships preferred but not required. A commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access is fundamental. Knowledge of aspects of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) are helpful, but not required. A valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record and access to an automobile is required.

Compensation and Residential Housing

The 12-month fellowship begins in July 2022 and continues through June 30, 2023. The fellowship is subject to renewal for up to three years, based on performance, allowing for the continued development and realization of the project. This is a temporary full-time (40 hour per week) position with annual compensation of $35,600 with an apartment (no smoking or pets) on Cranbrook’s campus provided at no cost for the duration of the fellowship. The position is also eligible for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Simply Blue medical plan.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by August 5, 2022. Please send a cover letter (including interest in the subject, areas of research specialization, and career path and goals), résumé, at least two writing samples, list of three references with contact information (phone, email), and completed Cranbrook Employee Application (which can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at to:

Cranbrook, Human Resources, P. O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801, or email