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We offer fellowships to predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior postdoctoral scholars involved in cultural heritage, ethnomusicology, museum studies, and more. Fellows work directly with staff in our office in Washington, D.C., with access to Smithsonian archives, collections, and other resources. Applicants are welcome from the United States and around the world.

Folklife fellows have produced films, documentary recordings, Folklife Festival programs, and books as a result of the residency, for example, Introduction to American Folk Music, a textbook by professor Kip Lornell, and Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records by Dartmouth dean Peter Goldsmith.

Fellowships are very competitive and are awarded annually through the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships & Internships. Click on a program below to view more information.

ACHP-Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Fellowship

In honor of the Smithsonian Year of Music, the Smithsonian and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) offer a new fellowship, with the theme “Music Heritage of the District of Columbia.” This place-based, cultural heritage fellowship will consist of a research project that highlights the integration of historic sites and museum collections to tell fuller stories about the development, impact, and role of music in the history and heritage of D.C., specifically as it relates to historic places.

Over the course of at least twelve weeks (September–December 2019), fellows will explore the preservation of cultural heritage both in situ at a site that is on or eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places in the Washington, D.C., area and ex situ at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the offices of the ACHP. The fellow will have advisors from both the Smithsonian and the ACHP to help direct and support their work.

The fellowship is open to current or recent undergraduate and graduate students. Those with an interest in learning more about the preservation of historic sites, intangible heritage, and artifacts within and around the nation’s capital as they relate to the preservation of music are especially encouraged to apply.

The application deadline has been extended to June 23, 2019. The fellowship will take place over twelve weeks, between September and December of 2019, in Washington, D.C. Fellows will receive a $7,000 stipend. Find further information and application instructions on the official listing.

For additional details, or to discuss other potential research topics, please contact Meredith Holmgren at

Smithsonian Latino Initiative Internship to Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Latino Initiative Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program is a two-tiered learning experience designed to introduce recent college graduates to the diversity of career opportunities within the fields of museum sciences and support. Selected candidates will embark on a fifteen-week internship in fall 2019 where they will be placed with a mentor and spend time learning about the Smithsonian, its facilities, collections, staff, and its role in the global museum and research fields. They will also work to develop a fellowship proposal; interns with accepted proposals will be welcomed as fellows in spring 2020.

Applicants will select from a variety of project options based at different museums and research centers at the Smithsonian. At the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, interns will work on a program celebrating the living cultural expressions of northeastern Brazil for the 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The the intern will get comprehensive experience in the hybrid space of the Festival, learning about both exhibition production processes and public programming as well as community engagement. This is a great opportunity for applicants interested in learning about large-scale event production, and applied and public facing applications of anthropology, folklore, and ethnomusicology.

Applications are due June 23, 2019. To be eligible for this program, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have received an associate’s or bachelor’s degree by the time the program commences and but not more than two years prior. First generation degree-holders are strongly encouraged to apply. interns will receive a stipend of $650 per week and a one-time travel allowance of $750.

See the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Catalan-American Cultural Heritage Exchange

With support from Grifols S.A., the Center is pleased to invite applications from cultural heritage students and professionals in Catalonia to join this unique program. The program will provide new opportunities for two interns and one fellow to explore and expand their careers in museums, cultural heritage, the arts, and arts management over a twelve-week period in 2020.

The Center will welcome interns and fellows from Catalonia into a robust cohort from Washington, D.C., across the United States and around the world. They will study museology, cultural heritage, the arts, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and archival science.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Current or recent undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in cultural heritage fields are eligible to apply. A strong working knowledge of English will be very helpful.To help defray living expenses during their twelve-week tenure at the Smithsonian, fellows will receive $9,000 USD. The program will also cover airfare and transfer costs from Barcelona to Washington, D.C.

See the complete program description for more information and instruments on how to apply.

Find other fellowship opportunities at the Smithsonian on the Office of Fellowships & Internships website.

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