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  • Preserving Cultural Heritage in Ethnic Tibetan Communities in China

    The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has begun a five-year integrated development program to preserve cultural heritage and improve sustainable livelihoods in ethnic Tibetan communities in China. The project objectives are:

    1. Increased Use and Promotion of Tibetan Language;
    2. Increased Preservation of Historically Significant Sites, Traditions, and Texts;
    3. Improved Documentation and Dissemination of Traditional Visual and Performing Arts;
    4. Improved Quality, Standards and Business Opportunities for Artisans; and
    5. Building and Strengthening Market Support for the Artisan Sector.

    As part of this ambitious project, the Center will offer research fellowships to enhance our resident expertise in Tibetan culture. We seek individuals whose scholarly interests complement the goals of our project. The fellows may also join us on short-term travel to Tibet. The one-year fellowship carries a stipend of US $48,000 and may be renewable through 2019. Prospective fellows should send a brief cover letter describing how their scholarly interests and previous experience complement our project goals, along with a resume or cv to Dr. Robert Leopold (

    The deadline for applications is February 5, 2015.

    The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is dedicated to supporting the understanding and sustainability of cultural heritage and diversity in communities across the United States and around the world. We collaborate with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups to promote cultural scholarship, traditional artistry, and participation as forms of civic engagement.

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