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The District of Columbia. Image by Elisa Hough (with Map Stack)

The District of Columbia. Image by Elisa Hough (with Map Stack)

  • Fall Fellowship Opportunity: Music Heritage in the District of Columbia

    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

  • Support the Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Cultural Vitality Program, educational outreach, and more.