< Back

The New York Times Fellowship for Art Critics

Closing on: Nov 20, 2019

Join the 2020 New York Times Fellowship class as a critic of the arts.

One of the things that most distinguishes The New York Times is its roster of world-class critics. For much of its history, The Times has believed in the ability of arts criticism to help its millions of readers understand the world. Given the continued diminishment of opportunities for up and coming writers, The Times is establishing a fellowship position in 2020 to help train the next generation of fine arts critics.

Applicants should have 2-4 years of experience publishing frequently about theater, dance, classical music or art. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to write elegantly and forcefully and must be comfortable with assessing both the aesthetic and larger context concerns of a work. In order to ensure regular feedback and maximize opportunities for growth, the fellows will be paired with a dedicated editor/writing coach.

The fellows must be comfortable with a variety of forms, from the traditional review, to more expansive essays, to pieces that bring their powers of analysis to bear on breaking news or moments of widespread discussion.

To apply, upload a résumé, cover letter and five clips. Your materials should be packaged together in that order (résumé, cover letter and clips) and uploaded as one single .pdf or .doc file that is under 5 MB in size. Please include the full text of your clips, not just the links. The application will prompt you when to upload your materials. Applications that fail to include any of these materials or follow these instructions will not be considered.

This is a Guild position.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We will not sponsor new work visas for the fellowship, but we may consider you if you have an existing valid student or training visa that can be extended.


The deadline to submit an application is 6:00 p.m., New York time on November 20
. Our advice is to apply well before the deadline. Applicants may apply to only one fellowship position per year. Duplicate resumes will be discarded.

Keep in mind that the fellowships are very competitive and generate a high level of interest. We won’t be able to accept applications that are mailed or emailed to us. Nor will we acknowledge the status of your application upon receipt. We will contact you for interviews as needed.

For more information about the Times Fellowship, visit here: https://www.nytco.com/careers/newsroom/newsroom-fellowship/


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.

Discipline Categories: Literary Arts
Opportunity Types: Call for Entry Job Misc.