One or more fellowships is awarded annually for a period
of up to 6 months. An award consists of a stipend of
$3,500 per month plus round-trip travel expenses between
the recipient's home and Washington, D.C. Funds
to support participation in a relevant conference or
seminar will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
A fellow must be in residence at the Smithsonian Center
for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS) office for
the majority of the fellowship period. SCEMS reserves
the right to not award a fellowship in a year if the
reviewers decide that none of the applications is suitable.
On occasion the program offers an award of merit to
an applicant whose proposal is worthy of further study
but is not sufficiently structured to meet the Fellowships
in Museum Practice selection criteria. In these
cases, the applicant may be awarded funds to support
the costs of a short-term professional visit to the
SI. Professional visits do not entitle a recipient
to participation in SI sponsored forums or obligate
him/her to submit a report of findings.
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
(SCEMS) provides office space, advisory services and
access to Smithsonian facilities, resources, staff and
reference collections as well as informal forums in
which to present work-in-progress.
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