Graduate Research Assistantships

These research positions enhance the educational experiences provided by academic course work and teaching assistantships at the university, allowing students to extend their range of academic specializations and expertise, and to augment research skills by direct contact with objects in the collections. If necessary, these positions may be offered remotely in accordance with Yale policy.

Project Offerings for 2021–22

Narratives of the Yale Center for British Art:
An Oral History Program

Supervised by Rachel Chatalbash
Interim Deputy Director for Research and Senior Museum Archivist

The Center’s Institutional Archives seeks two Graduate Research Assistants: one for spring 2021 and the other for two semesters beginning in the fall of 2021. The Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) will work with the Senior Museum Archivist to participate in the continuing development of the Center’s oral history program. The GRA will have the opportunity to identify significant individuals and topics pertaining to the museum’s history in accordance with the GRA’s interests and expertise, conduct in-depth scholarly research on those subjects in preparation for interviews, and create oral histories. By gathering firsthand comprehensive testimonies that explore a range of topics, including architecture, art collecting, and scholarship, these oral histories will shed light on the history of the Center and contribute to scholarship on the history of British art and modernist architecture. The GRA will broaden public and scholarly engagement with the history of the Center’s art collections, its historic building, and its exhibition program by creating and providing access to new narratives that reflect the multifaceted experiences of those involved in its past, present, and potentially its future.


GRAs at the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery are open to PhD candidates in all disciplines. The number of assistantships offered may vary each year. GRAs are designed to provide Yale University doctoral students, in their second through sixth year, the opportunity to work as part of an intellectual team on a major scholarly project at one of the museums.


The application process is formal and competitive. GRAs are equivalent to university teaching assistant positions and cannot be negotiated through conversation with curators. It is suggested that students seek the approval of their DGS before applying.

Applications are now closed.

Financial Terms and Duration

The GRA stipend for 2021–22 is equivalent to the stipend for Yale teaching fellows, which is $11,925 per semester in 2021.

No positions beyond those described here can be financed at full stipend level or counted in lieu of teaching requirements. If a student holds a university fellowship, the research assistantship replaces the fellowship for the year in which the student holds the position.

Research assistantships may be offered for one or two semesters depending on project and student circumstances. Full-year GRAs are initially awarded for one semester and are renewed for the second semester after a midyear review, at the discretion of the supervising curator and the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). At the discretion of the DGS, students in their second and third years may substitute up to two semesters of the research assistantship in lieu of fulfilling the teaching requirements. If, in an extraordinary case, a student wishes to pursue the same project for a third or fourth semester, he or she may be allowed to continue at the discretion of the supervising curator and the DGS.

Contact the Research department at | +1 203 432 2824