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Fellowships at the National Museum of the American Indian

From: Marian Kaminitz <kaminitzm<-a>
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
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) offers two
fellowships in ethnographic and archaeological object and textile
conservation, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Fellowship
appointments are for 1 year, w/1 year potential renewal; commence
fall 2015; include $35,000 stipend, $4000 travel/research allowance,
$2000 for medical insurance, and benefits.  Fellows work on the
Conservation Department's major projects and research related to the
projects and collections.  Current projects include preparation of
artifacts for exhibit at both NMAI sites: Washington, DC, and New
York City.  Fellowship site is Suitland, MD (outside of Washington,

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 may include community consultations both at NMAI and in the

Applicant Qualifications: Applicant should be recently graduated
from a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent
training and experience.  The best qualified candidates are those
pursuing a conservation career specializing in material culture of
indigenous peoples from North, Central and South America.  The
applicant should have a proven record of research, writing ability,
and proficient English language skills (written and spoken).
Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, race, or
nationality of the applicant.

Application Procedure: The application process is via the
Smithsonian On-Line Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) found at the
link below. The Applicant is responsible for submitting all the
following materials in English:  A cover letter explaining
applicant's interests and intent in applying for the fellowship; A
curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, current
and permanent addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses;
Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses of academic
study with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not
equivalent to that of the US; At least two examples of pertinent
publications, lectures, or other written material; Two letters of
recommendation from conservation professionals familiar with the
applicant's work and one letter of personal reference.

Additional information and the link to SOLAA may be found at:


Applications must be completed by midnight March 15, 2015. Finalists
will be invited for an interview and asked to submit a portfolio of
completed projects.  All applicants will be notified by May 8, 2015
of the selection committee's decision.

Marian A. Kaminitz
Head of Conservation
Cultural Resources Center
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland MD 20746-2863
Fax: 301-238-3201

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