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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