Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Fellowship in Textile & Objects Conservation

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Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Job location: 
Washington DC
Salary Start: 
US dollars per annum
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Sunday, 13 March, 2022 - 09:00

Two Andrew W. Mellon conservation fellowships at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) are offered for fall 2022: one fellowship in objects conservation and one in textile conservation, for candidates with interest in both specialties.

Background: NMAI stewards a collection of over 800,000 items representing more than 1,200 Indigenous cultures of the Western Hemisphere and spanning 12,000 years of history, from archaeology through contemporary art. NMAI has three locations: the museum on the National Mall in Washington DC (NMAI-DC), the George Gustav Heye Center in New York City (NMAI-NY), and the Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland Maryland, where the collection and conservation labs are located. The NMAI mission is to work in partnership with Native peoples and their allies to foster a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples.

Fellowship specifications: The fellowship is awarded for two years, commences at the end of September 2022, and carries an annual stipend of $40,000 plus an annual allowance of $5,000 for research and related travel. $2,000 is offered annually to assist with costs of medical insurance. Fellows develop and carry out a research project with the guidance of Conservation staff. Fellows may take part in Conservation Department activities such as collections stewardship and preparation of collections items for outgoing loans or exhibits. The fellowship is primarily located at the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, MD (8 miles southeast of Washington, DC).

Applicant Qualifications: Applicants should be recently graduated (within 5 years of graduation) from a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent training and experience. The most qualified candidates are 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 fluency in English language skills (written and spoken). The Smithsonian does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, or marital status of any applicant.

The Smithsonian Institution requires all employees, volunteers, interns, fellows, and research associates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of location or arrangement, subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination during onboarding.

Submission: Applications must be complete and submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) no later than March 13, 2022. The application must include 2-3 examples of treatment reports, 3 letters of professional recommendation, a written proposal outlining goals of the fellowship and potential topics of research, and unofficial transcripts for undergraduate and graduate education. Finalists will be invited for a virtual interview and opportunity to present portfolio selections. All applicants will be notified by May 13, 2022 of the selection committee's decision.

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