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Fellowships at NMAI

From: Jessica Johnson <johnsonjs>
Date: Monday, October 30, 2000
Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowships in Ethnographic
Object and Textile Conservation
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering four
fellowships in ethnographic object and textile conservation, funded
by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  These one-year fellowships
commence in the fall of 2001 and include a stipend in the high $20's
with $3000 for travel and research plus medical insurance and
benefits. Fellows will work on the Conservation Department's major
projects and research related to the collections. The current
projects include the preparation of artifacts for exhibit in the new
NMAI museum scheduled to open on the National Mall in Washington, DC
in late 2003 and the on-going move of over 800,000 artifacts from
the old storage facility in the Bronx, NY to the new Cultural
Resources Center in Suitland, MD. The fellowships are located in
Suitland, MD (outside of Washington, DC).

The fellowships are intended to cultivate practical skills as well
as to foster a solid understanding of the contexts of material
culture, the philosophies of conservation at NMAI, and the ethics of
the conservation profession.  Museum programming involves
collaboration with Native Peoples in the development of appropriate
methods of care for, and interpretation of their cultural materials.

Applicant Qualifications: The applicant should be a recent graduate
of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent
training and experience. The candidates with the best qualifications
will be those who are motivated for a career in the conservation of
material culture and who are especially interested in the cultures
of Indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America.  The
applicant should have a proven record of research, writing ability,
and English language skills.  Fellowships are awarded without regard
to age, sex, race, or nationality of the applicant.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates must submit the
following materials in English:

    *   Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of
        academic study with an explanation of the evaluation system
        if it is not equivalent to that of the US;
    *   A curriculum vitae including basic biographical information,
        current and permanent addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail
    *   Examples of pertinent publications, lectures, or other
        written material;
    *   A cover letter explaining candidate's interests and intent
        in applying for the fellowship;
    *   Two letters of recommendation from conservation
        professionals familiar with the candidate's work and one
        letter of personal reference.

The material must be received by March 15, 2001 and sent to:

    Marian A. Kaminitz, Head of Conservation
    National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution
    Cultural Resources Center, MRC 541
    4220 Silver Hill Road
    Suitland MD 20746

E-mail address for inquiries only: kaminitzm [at] nmaicrc__si__edu

Finalists will be invited for an interview and asked to submit a
portfolio of completed projects. All applicants will be notified by
May 25, 2001 of the selection committee's decision.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:26
                Distributed: Wednesday, November 8, 2000
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Received on Monday, 30 October, 2000

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