The Robert Frederick Smith Applied Public History Fellowship for HBCU Graduates offers a two-year appointment providing advanced training and scholarly support in public history, museum management, outreach programming, and partnership building.
This fellowship is best suited for a recent master’s degree recipient with some professional experience, but without an established career in the field of cultural management. An ideal candidate will already be working or desire to work in the cultural sector and have academic training in museum or cultural management and African American history and culture. If a candidate has no prior relevant professional experience, either through internships, fellowships, or employment, it may be too early to be considered competitive. If a candidate has more than two years’ of full-time work experience in museum or cultural management, it is likely they will have moved beyond the reach of the program. A competitive applicant will be prepared to enter the field as a mid-career employee upon completion of the fellowship.
Applications are due January 15, 2022, 11:59 pm.
- $50,400 per year
- $10,800 per year for individual health insurance
- $2,500 per year for research and conference travel
LOCATION & TERM
The NMAAHC will follow current public health and safety guidelines when determining work sites. It is likely the fellow will work in a hybrid setting.
- Two-year appointment in Washington, DC beginning August 2022.
- The first 18 months of the program, the fellow will be in residency at the Museum.
- The final six months of the program, the fellow will be in residency applying practical skills and research at a local organization focused on African American history and culture. During these six months, the fellow will dedicate at least 85 percent of his/her/their time to the residency organization.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Applicants must have at least one degree from a Historically Black College or University
- Fellow will be required to follow Smithsonian Institution’s health and safety guidelines
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, you must submit the following materials to https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public no later than January 15, 2022, 11:59 pm:
- Resume or CV
- Two reference letters (one academic and one professional)
- Cover letter (maximum 3 pages)
- Essay reflecting on HBCU experience (maximum 2 pages)
- Outreach project proposal (maximum 2 pages)
- You will be asked to identify research topic(s) of interest
For more details please see website at https://nmaahc.si.edu/connect/osp/robert-frederick-applied-public-history-fellowship-for-hbcu-graduates
For questions or concerns, please E-mail: RFSFellowships@si.edu