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Fellowships in Museum Practice - The Award

The Award

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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