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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.

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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