Feeling critical? New York Times opens fellowship applications for budding art critics

A breath of fresh air in the current drought of opportunities for up and coming writers, the New York Times has opened applications for a year-long fellowship in 2020, aimed at training the “next generation of fine art critics”.


The fellowship is paid (the paper has not specified what the rate will be, however), and to ensure professional growth, the successful applicant will be paired with a dedicated editor or writing coach. Culture editor Gilbert Cruz spoke to artnet, explaining, “Coverage of theater, art, dance, and classical music is essential to the mission of the Culture desk and the future of fine arts criticism depends on institutions like the Times investing in the next generation of writers and thinkers.”


To have a chance at the competitive role, applicants should have two to four years of experience publishing regularly about theatre, dance, classical music or fine art, and must be comfortable with a variety of writing forms. The ideal candidate would demonstrate an ability to write in an elegant and forceful manner, and “must be comfortable with assessing both the aesthetic and larger context concerns of a work”.


Applications are open until November 20, but early applications are encouraged.