Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

American Latino Experience Building Curatorial Excellence Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Armed Forces History

The Division of Armed Forces History is currently accepting applications for a one year Pre-Doctoral fellowship of $37,700 total (includes $5000 from Museum for travel and expenses) that would offer an opportunity for a fellow to conduct independent research or study focused on the experiences of Latino Americans relating to the United States military. This includes the history of Latino participation in the military, its link to citizenship, and the impact of military service on Latinos, their families, and their communities. The Fellow will have an opportunity to receive training in interpreting the existing collections through documenting American Latino stories in the collection and learning how to build new collections in the Armed Forces Division. Just as critically the Fellow will gain personal skills in collections curation, preservation, and exhibition production.

As part of this project, the Fellow will also have an opportunity to conduct independent research on a project of his or her own choosing, which relates to the history of Latino military history. A possible topic, for example, might entail the exploration of the 65th Infantry Division “Borinqueneers” history particularly during the Korean War (recent recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, which is in our collections).Over the course of a year, the Fellow may learn about pinpointing potential objects for collection and documenting this story; this may entail collecting and researching objects, and also conducting oral histories.

Photograph of members of the 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War.
Members of the 65th Infantry Regiment pose for a photo after a firefight during the Korean War. The regiment consisted primarily of Puerto Rican soldiers who spoke mainly Spanish and prided themselves on having mustaches. By 1953, the regiment’s soldiers had earned 14 Silver Stars, 23 Bronze Stars for valor and 67 Purple Hearts.

Over the course of the year, the Fellow may deliver a presentation on his or her research at the National Museum of American History’s weekly colloquium, submit a research report to the Division on his or her work in this area, and offer input on a plan, which will guide the Division’s future collecting in this area. The Fellow may also submit a proposal for a conference presentation on this project at the end of the year. Proposals are welcome from doctoral students at any stage in their programs. To apply, please go to (https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public) and choose the NMAH American Latino Experience Predoctoral Fellowship (Armed Forces History) Program and upload your CV, a 300 word prospectus for a project on Latino Armed Forces History and two references by 10/15/2017.

 

Medicine and Science

The Division of Medicine and Science is currently accepting applications for a one year Pre-Doctoral fellowship of $37,700 total (includes $5000 from Museum for travel and expenses) that would offer an opportunity for a fellow to conduct independent research or study focused on public health, medical care, and the experiences of Latino Americans. The Fellow will have an opportunity to receive training in interpreting the existing Medicine collection through research and documenting American Latino stories in the collection and learning how to build the addition of new material to the Division of Medicine and Science’s collections. Just as critically the Fellow will gain personal skills in collections curation, preservation, and documentation of objects.

As part of this project, the Fellow will also have an opportunity to conduct independent research on a project of his or her own choosing which relates to the history of Latino American health. A possible topic might, for example, entail an exploration of farmworkers’ health (in 2010, nearly half of all farmworkers in the United States were Latino, with the majority of these workers being born outside of the United States). Over the course of a year, the Fellow may learn about pinpointing potential objects for collection and documenting this important story; this may entail collecting and researching objects, and also conducting oral histories.


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Over the course of the year, the Fellow may deliver a presentation on his or her research at the National Museum of American History’s weekly colloquium, submit a research report to the Division on his or her work in this area, and offer input on a plan, which will guide the Division’s future collecting in this area. The Fellow may also submit a proposal for a conference presentation on this project at the end of the year. Proposals are welcome from doctoral students at any stage in their programs. To apply, please go to (https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public) and choose the NMAH American Latino Experience Predoctoral Fellowship (Medicine and Science) Program and upload your CV, a 300 word prospectus for a project on American Latino health and two references by 10/15/2017.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

Each year dozens of fellows, working on a variety of research topics, find a home at the National Museum of American History. They are selected by the Smithsonian's central Office of Fellowships which issues announcements, asks the appropriate curator to review the incoming proposals, and then refers the proposal to a special committee to make the final determination about awards. These decisions are based on the candidates' academic standing, scholarly competence, experience, and the suitability of the proposed research project of study. During their association, fellows are hosted by a curator and have access to the Museum's libraries, archives, and many other resources. Fellows are expected to give a presentation on their research as part of the weekly Tuesday colloquium series here at the Museum. At the completion of their appointment, they take their work with them. Learn more about fellowship opportunities.

The next application deadline is December 1, 2017. Applicants should consult with their Smithsonian advisors early in the application process to discuss specific research needs and collections availability.  For more information, visit the main Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program page.