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Fellowships at the National Museum of the American Indian

From: Marian Kaminitz <kaminitzm>
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2004
Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowships in Ethnographic and
    Archaeological Object and Textile Conservation
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering two
fellowships in ethnographic and archaeological object and textile
conservation, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  These
fellowships are for one year with a possible renewal of a second
year. Fellowships will commence in the fall of 2004 and include a
stipend in the low $30K'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
projects and collections. The current projects include the
preparation of artifacts for exhibit at both NMAI sites: Washington,
DC, and New York City, and loans. 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,
this includes community consultations both at NMAI and in the field.

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 pursuing a career in the conservation of
material culture of Indigenous peoples of North, Central and South
America.  The applicant should have a proven record of research,
writing ability, and English language skills (written and spoken).
Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, race, or
nationality of the applicant.

Interested candidates must submit the following materials in

    *   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

    *   At least two 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, 2004 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

Email 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, 2004 of the selection committee's decision.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 17:49
                  Distributed: Friday, January 9, 2004
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Received on Thursday, 8 January, 2004

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