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From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Fellowships in Museum Practice
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 16:37:09 -0700 (MST)
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From: Stacey Burkhardt

Dear colleague, 

Thank you for requesting information about the Fellowships in Museum
Practice program.  Attached is a program description, application
information, descriptions of some previously funded fellowship projects,
and an alumni list.

An investment in professional development is a proven strategy for
increasing institutional and individual effectiveness.  The Fellowships
in Museum Practice program is specially designed for mid-level and
senior level staff who seek to strengthen their understanding of museum
functions and their leadership capabilities.  It is intended to serve as
a catalyst for promoting innovation in museum operations.

Each year the program supports up to four fellows who spend time at the
Smithsonian examining a specific aspect of their work and reflecting on
the concepts that inform it. Through exposure to Smithsonian resources
and collections, fellows can gain new perspectives and establish new
networks that will serve professional needs for years to come.

You are encouraged to contact me as you develop your research proposal.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Nancy J. Fuller
Research Program Manager

Program Description

The Fellowships in Museum Practice is a professional development program
dedicated to increasing expertise and leadership in cultural
institutions.  It provides experienced professionals with the conditions
needed to undertake independent research in museum theory and operations
at the Smithsonian Institution (SI).  The program gives staff time to
step back from the daily routine and think in-depth about an aspect of
their job and then, to relate that research to the practical concerns of
administrators, professionals, and policy makers in the field.

The program addresses the gap for appropriate learning opportunities at
advanced levels that focus on issues of museology.  Its long-term aim is
to further our knowledge of the nature of the interaction between
museums and public understanding and participation, and, with those
understandings, to stimulate the creation of tools and techniques that
improve the quality of museum practices.

The award of a Fellowships in Museum Practice offers selected
individuals financial support and access to Smithsonian facilities,
resources, staff and reference collections.  The program links
participants to a broad array of literature and resources. Residency at
the Smithsonian provides a challenging setting for fellows to discuss
ideas with a range of specialists in the Washington, DC area, re-think a
plan, explore different approaches, and write about their findings.

Requests for fellowships are sought that relate directly to current
museum concerns and have potential for application in daily work. 
Investigations that are interdisciplinary in approach and that connect
professional practices with the wider concerns of society are
encouraged.  The program welcomes opportunities to work collaboratively
with local, regional, and national associations; state agencies; and
private, not-for-profit organizations to support projects that have the
potential for advancing the capacity of museums to further their
scholarship and public education roles.

Awards have been given in the past for such topics as:

The program is designed for mid-level and senior professionals who have
demonstrated the ability to conduct research.  All disciplines and
functional areas of work in museums and allied cultural and educational
organizations are eligible. Previous award recipients represent a range
of areas including administration, collections care and study, and
public programming.

Applicants must be affiliated with a not-for-profit (501-C-3)
institution. People who work in libraries and schools as well as museums
and cultural centers have received fellowships. International
participation is welcome.  Practitioners from China, Mexico, and Brazil
are alumni of the program.  Participants must be fluent in spoken and
written English.

Not eligible for funds are projects that study material culture or
connoisseurship or that seek support for part of an institutional
project or for graduate studies.

Structure of research projects

Research projects are individually designed.  Applicants propose their
own study topic and activities for implementation based on their
experience, institutional goals and learning needs.  Examples of project
activities are case studies, surveys, comparative applications,
curriculum resources, database collections, and publications.  To guide
the study process, fellows work in partnership with Smithsonian sponsors
who are subject specialists and knowledgable about a broad range of
intellectual resources.  Sponsors serve as mentors to fellows and
provide space and facilities in which to work while at the SI. Projects
should be structured to be mutually beneficial to sponsors as well as
fellows and to promote closer ties between an applicant's institution
and the Smithsonian.

The study format is flexible and adaptable.  Each fellow develops an
independent study plan in consultation with his or her sponsor that
meets the requirements of the topic and accommodates the work demands of
the fellow and of the sponsor.  A fellowship project can range from two
months to a year in duration and involves one or more periods of
residency at the SI.  Twenty days, not necessarily consecutively, is the
minimum Smithsonian Institution residency requirement.   During the
intervening periods, when not in residence at the SI, fellows must
maintain regular contact with their sponsor via telephone, facsimile
machine and electronic mail.

The program seeks to expand the impact of the ideas and models generated
by fellows on the museum field and the public.  Fellows are expected to
share information generated from their research through presentations
and publications.  At an appropriate point during the residency, each
fellow leads a discussion about his or her project with small group of
colleagues.  Opportunities to publish articles based on research
conducted during a fellowship are available through the Center for
Museum Studies Bulletin and other professional journals.

A report describing the research project and its outcomes is required
six months after completion of the program.

The award of a fellowship

The program awards up to four fellowships each year.  Since its
inception in 1992, support has been granted to nineteen fellows.

Financial support includes travel costs and a stipend to help defray
expenses incurred during residency in Washington, D.C.  Additional funds
to supplement the cost of participating in a conference or seminar
directly related to the scope of a fellow's research will be considered
on a case-by-case basis.

The amount of  support varies with the duration of the residency, the
number of work sessions scheduled in Washington, DC, and the distance an
individual must travel.  Stipends are computed on the basis of $500 per
week;  $4,000 is the maximum stipend amount that can be provided.

Review procedures

Fellows are selected on a competitive basis by a panel of experts who
review and rank the applications.  The panel, a majority of whom are
outside the SI, represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and functions
in cultural and educational matters.

Selection Criteria

Each application is evaluated by the review panel according to the
following selection criteria:

                         Application Procedures

Application to the program is in the form of a structured proposal. The
proposal should include a three-page or less project description, a
one-page resume, and a letter of support for the project from your

The project description should clearly state: 
The purpose of the proposal is to give a sense of the essential elements
of a project so that potential sponsors and advisors can determine their
interest in collaboration and can comment at the design phase.  Upon
receipt of a proposal, the Center for Museum Studies will distribute it
to various Smithsonian staff for review.   To help direct your proposal
properly, please designate three discipline and or functional areas that
are relevant to your topic.  If there are specific Smithsonian staff
with whom you would like to work or to review your proposal, list them
in your application.

The program receives many highly qualified applications.  Applicants are
encouraged to discuss their proposal ideas with the Fellowships' program
manager early in the development process.   Feed-back gained from a
wide-range of colleagues in the field is another strategy that can
contribute to the creation of a persuasive proposal.

Proposals will be accepted that are postmarked on or before February 14,
1997 for projects that begin after October 15, 1997.  Applicants should
send an original and four copies of the proposal package (description,
resume, and support letter) on 8 1/2' x 11" white paper.  Do not bind or
staple pages.  The Center will not accept proposals via facsmile (FAX)
machine.  Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by post card.  Late
arrivals or proposals that do not conform to instructions will not be

Applicants will be informed of their proposal's status by the end of
April 1997. Those who secure sponsorship for their proposal will be
invited to submit a formal application.   The formal application
consists of the project description and an implementation plan that is
designed in consultation with the sponsor and with advice from SI
advisors. The final project description should be modified to reflect
recommendations by the potential sponsor.  The formal application cannot
exceed five (5) additional pages. Further information about submitting a
formal application will be included with the letter of invitation.

Application deadline and selection schedule

Applications are accepted until February 14, 1997 for projects beginning
after October 15, 1997.  Final selection decisions are announced in the
summer 1997.  There is one application cycle each year.

The Center for Museum Studies and the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution (SI) is the world's largest museum and
research complex. It consists of 16 museums, the National Zoo, the
Archives of American Art, and three research facilities.  In addition to
buildings located in Washington, D.C., the Institution has sites in New
York City, Cambridge, MA., Ft. Pierce, FL., Amado, AZ., Edgewater, MD.,
and Panama.  The Smithsonian is dedicated to public education, national
service and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.  It holds
over 139 million artifacts and specimens in trust "for the increase and
diffusion of knowledge."  As a national institution, the Smithsonian
reaches out to people across the country and the world with programs of
cultural and educational value.

The Center for Museum Studies (CMS) provides outreach activities in
museum studies, training, information, and professional services.  Its
mission is to help museums fulfill their public service mission.  The
center serves a diverse constituency of museum professionals, students,
volunteers, and cultural resource specialists.  CMS offers courses and
seminars, internships, fellowships, and related information and advisory

The CMS Fellowships in Museum Practice is an outreach program for
sharing the professional resources and expertise of the Smithsonian with
museums in the U.S. and abroad.

Staff services include advice and assistance during the inquiry and
application process with fellows and their sponsors during the
fellowships, sponsorship of forums for the exchange of fellowship
information, and networking among program alumni.

                             Program Alumni

Maria Cristina Barbosa de Almeida Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo,
Brasil "Possibilities and strategies for implementing the museum library
into the activities of other museum departments", 1996

Jennifer Anderson-Lawrence Historic Hudson Valley, Westchester, NY "The
Nursery of Living Thought: The Role of Public Education at the National
Museum of American History", 1996

Ann Elizabeth Denkler Greenbelt Museum, Greenbelt, MD "Interpreting
Utopia Through Interactive Community Experiences in Greenbelt,
Maryland", 1996

Helen Glazer Goucher College, Baltimore, MD "In Quest of Myth: A
Prototype Multi-Museum Tour at the Smithsonian", 1995

Nigel Holman A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, Zuni, NM "The
Curation and Use by Museums of 'Sensitive' Native American Photographic
Images:  Stepping Back to Look at the Big Picture", 1995

Charlie Keck La Casa de la Ciencia, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas,
Mexico "School and Outreach Programs:  Effective Approaches in Science
Museums", 1997

David Keller Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, Orlando, FL "Design and
Construction of Low Cost Exhibits/Habitats for Wildlife Rehabilitations
and Small Zoo Facilities", 1996

Deborah E. Kmetz State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
"Seeing It With Your  Own Eyes: The Nature of Visual Communication in
History Exhibits", 1993

Christina Kreps, Ph.D Kayan Mentarang Culture and Conservation Project,
Indonesia "Bridging the Gaps:  Participatory Approaches to Museum
Development and Cultural Work", 1997

D. Lynn McRainey Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL "Interpreting
History Through Interactive Experiences, 1995

Susan Miner Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Wichita, KS "A
Learning Style Assessment at the National Zoo", 1993

Teresa Morales Programa de Museos Comunitarios y Ecomuseos, Oaxaca,  
Mexico "Cultural Appropriation and Community Museums", 1995

Stephanie Ratcliffe Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD "Kid Stops:
Integrating parenting skills information into exhibits for the early
childhood audience", 1993

Charles R. Reiger Kauffman Museum, North Newton, KS "An analysis for
current approaches to traveling museum exhibitions and the development
of  new solutions for use in the production of such exhibits", 1994

Cindi Steffan Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
"An Examination of Best Practices in Alternative Work Models, Looking at
Successful Implementation within the Museum Sector", 1997

Andrew Jay Svedlow, PhD. Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences,
Manchester, NH "Life Long Learning and Museums: In Pursuit of
Andragogy", 1994

Mac Swackhammer Dawson City Museum and Historical Society, Yukon, Canada
"A Project to Examine and Compare Experiences with, and Attitudes
toward, Repatriation of First Nations Material and Documentary Heritage,
in some Canadian and United States Museums, with the intent to Develop
Models for Repatriation Negotiations and Activities", 1997

Martin Tillett Howard B. Owens Science Center, Lanham-Seabrook, MD "The
Development of Science Education Lessons about Maryland Dinosaurs", 1994

Song Xiang-guang Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China
"Museum Collection Management: An Applied Project Designed for the
Arthur Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University", 1993