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Fellowships in Museum Practice - Eligibility

Eligibility

The program is open to mid- and senior-level museum personnel, researchers and training providers. 

All disciplines and functional areas of work in museums and allied cultural and educational organizations are eligible to apply.  Previous award recipients represent a range of functional areas including administration, collections care and study, and public programming.

To be considered for funding, applicants must be employed by a not-for-profit (50l-C-3) cultural or educational institution that deals directly with the public or be an independent scholar.  People who work in libraries and schools as well as museums and cultural centers have received fellowships.  International participation is welcome.  Participants must be fluent in spoken and written English.  Alumni include practitioners from Austria, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Canada, England, Italy, India, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Not eligible for funds are requests to study in universities, colleges or continuing education programs, certificate or graduate programs, material culture or connoisseurship programs or that are part of an institutional project.  Funds may also not be used to support ongoing research towards the completion of a thesis or dissertation.  Smithsonian employees, current Smithsonian research associates, and individuals who perform Smithsonian Institution service contracts are not eligible.

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