2018 Fall Cultural Heritage Fellowship-DC

Approximate date of posting May 31, 2018

Position: Cultural Heritage Fellowship

Eligibility Current or recent undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in cultural and/or historic preservation are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Some familiarity with cultural and/or historic preservation is desirable, but not required.

Location: During their fellowship, fellows are expected to split their time equally between the ACHP and the Anacostia Community Museum, and determine the appropriate number of site visits after consultation with their advisors.

Company/Organization  Smithsonian Instituton


Time Frame 12 weeks (Fall Session: September – December),

Compensation: To help defray living expenses during the tenure of their fellowship, fellows will receive a $7,000 stipend.

Source: http://cuaslis.org/wp/smithsonian-achp-cultural-heritage-fellowship-anacostia-community-museum-washington-dc/

Description: The theme for the 2018 Fall Semester ACHP-SI fellowship is Heritage of the District of Columbia. Those with an interest in learning more about the preservation of culture, heritage, sites, and artifacts within and around the nation’s capital are especially encouraged to apply.

This fellowship is a joint experience with the Smithsonian Institution (SI) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Through its 19 museums and research centers, SI works to preserve over 154 million artifacts and specimens. At the heart of the institution, the Anacostia Community Museum is dedicated to exploring social issues that impact the diverse populations of the DC metropolitan area, promoting mutual understanding, and strengthening community bonds. The museum’s research, collections, exhibitions, and programming focus on documenting the history and contemporary life of urban communities, while a community-based model encourages active citizen participation in the use and preservation of cultural heritage as a powerful instrument in creating and maintaining a sense of community and civic responsibility.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency, promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of the nation’s diverse historic resources and advises the President and the Congress on national historic preservation policy. It oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects, which ensures that federal agencies take into account the effect of their undertakings on properties on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The ACHP also conducts a variety of preservation programs promoting public appreciation and stewardship of cultural heritage, economic development through heritage tourism and the adaptive reuse of historic resources, sustainability and climate resilience, and Native American involvement in historic preservation.

How it Works:

Over the course of at least 12 weeks (Fall Session: September – December), fellows will explore cultural heritage preservation both in situ at a site that is on or eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places in the Washington, DC area and ex situ at the Anacostia Community Museum and the offices of the ACHP. The fellow will have advisors from the Anacostia Community Museum and the Advisory Council to help direct and support his or her work. During their fellowship, fellows are expected to split their time equally between the ACHP and the Anacostia Community Museum, and determine the appropriate number of site visits after consultation with their advisors.

This place-based, cultural heritage fellowship will consist of a research project, along the lines of the examples below, which highlights the integration of historic sites and museum collections to tell fuller stories about the experience of DC residents. Based upon the successful applicant’s research interests as described in their project proposal and the program priorities of the sponsors, a research project will be developed and agreed upon by all parties. Results of the fellowship may include reports, presentations, proposals, recommendations, and/or similar research products.

Research proposals may touch on particular types of collections or artifacts, under-explored facets of historical experience, policy questions, strategies for interpretation and public engagement, or other relevant areas, as they relate to a particular historical site.

The following are examples of some of the collections and resources available at the Anacostia Community Museum. Each applicant’s proposed project should combine research based a museum collection and a particular historic site. For additional details, or to discuss other potential research topics, please contact Miriam Doutriaux (DoutriauxM@si.edu) and Susan Glimcher (sglimcher@achp.gov):

  • Documentation of churches, synagogues, mosques and other congregations highlight ways that these communities of faith bring deeper meaning to life while also providing social services and acting as agents of community and economic development.
  • Archaeological materials unearthed during excavations at the current site of the Anacostia metro station in the early 1980s document over a century of habitation in East-of-the-River DC. The collection was recently inventoried but remains unstudied.
  • Among Anacostia Community Museum’s holdings is a large photographic and documentary collection focusing on the culture and daily life of Washington, DC, east-of-the-river neighborhoods. Anacostia Community Museum also houses extensive object and archival collections related to African American history.
  • Important archival collections include the records of individuals and institutions with local or national significance. Among them are the papers of the Bladensburg Union Burial Association, Joy McLean Bosfield, Percival Bryan, Chitlin Market and Company, D.C. Art Association, Griffith Family, Chester Lee Harris, Edith T. Martin, Dorn C. McGrath, Charles E. Qualls, and the Sullivan Family.

Website: https://www.smithsonianofi.com/achp-fellowship/

How to Apply: To apply, applicants need to create an account on the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Then, start an application for this fellowship program, which is listed as the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI). Follow the steps listed, and be sure to upload all necessary supporting documents.

The application will consist of:

  1. Project Proposal (maximum two pages)
    1. The proposal should identify your research goals and the importance of the work in relation to the discipline and your own scholarly endeavors
    2. The proposal should identify the proposed historic site, which must be registered on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Placeswithin the DC region
    3. The proposal should identify your preferred start and end dates
    4. The proposal should identify the Anacostia Community Museum advisor and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation advisor
  2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages)
  3. One Letter of Recommendation
  4. Letter of Commitment from the proposed ACHP advisor
  5. Letter of Commitment from the proposed Anacostia Community Museum advisor

POC: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Susan Glimcher at the ACHP and Miriam Doutriaux at the Anacostia Community Museum to discuss/help shape the proposed project in relationship to the agency’s work and for assistance in identifying appropriate advisors at both locations.

Questions about the application can be directed to Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070 or siofi@si.edu, please include “Cultural Heritage Fellowship” in the subject line.

Deadline: Saturday 6/30/2018


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