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Re: Ethnographic Textile and Objects Mellon Fellowships at NMAI

I tried to post this announcement last week and it didn't seem to go through - I apologize if your getting this for the second time.  If you have questions or need more information, it's probably better to contact Marian Kaminitz as I am about to have a baby any day now and will be out February and March.  

Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowships in Ethnographic Object and Textile Conservation

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering four fellowships in ethnographic object and textile conservation, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  These one-year fellowships commence in the fall of 2002 and include a stipend in the high $20's with $3000 for travel and research plus medical insurance and benefits. Fellows will work on the Conservation Department's major projects and research related to the collections. The current projects include the preparation of artifacts for exhibit in the new NMAI museum scheduled to open on the National Mall in Washington, DC in late 2004 and the on-going move of over 800,000 artifacts from the old storage facility in the Bronx, NY to the new Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, MD.  The fellowships are located in Suitland, MD (outside of Washington, DC).
The fellowships are intended to cultivate practical skills as well as to foster a solid understanding of the contexts of material culture, the philosophies of conservation at NMAI, and the ethics of the conservation profession.  Museum programming involves collaboration with Native Peoples in the development of appropriate methods of care for, and interpretation of their cultural materials.  

Applicant Qualifications 
The applicant should be a recent graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent training and experience. The candidates with the best qualifications will be those who are motivated for a career in the conservation of material culture, especially that of Indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America.  The applicant should have a proven record of research, writing ability, and English language skills.  Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, sex, race, or nationality of the applicant.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates must submit the following materials in English: 
·	Transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the US;
·	A curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, current and permanent addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses;
·	Examples of pertinent publications, lectures, or other written material;
·	A cover letter explaining candidate's interests and intent in applying for the fellowship;
·	Two letters of recommendation from conservation professionals familiar with the candidate's work and one letter of personal reference.

The material must be received by March 15, 2002 and sent to:
Marian A. Kaminitz, Head of Conservation
National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution
Cultural Resources Center, MRC 541
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland MD 20746

E-mail address for inquiries only: kaminitzm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Finalists will be invited for an interview and asked to submit a portfolio of completed projects.
All applicants will be notified by May 24, 2002 of the selection committee's decision. 

Susan Heald
Textile Conservator
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural Resources Center
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301)238-6624 ext 6317

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