Application Deadline:

December 15, 2019 (11:59 PM)

Billionaire philanthropist, Robert F. Smith, is partnering with the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) to offer an Applied Public History Fellowship for HBCU Graduates, providing a 2-year appointment for advanced training and scholarly support in public history, museum management, outreach programming, and partnership building. 

This fellowship is best suited for a recent master’s degree recipient with some professional experience, but without an established career in the field of cultural management. An ideal candidate will already be working or desire to work in the cultural sector and have academic training in museum or cultural management and African American history and culture.


  • $50,400 per year
  • $10,800 per year for individual health insurance
  • $2,500 per year for research and conference travel

Location & Term

  • Two-year appointment in Washington, DC beginning Summer 2020
  • The first 18 months of the program, the fellow will be in residency at the Museum.
  • The final six months of the program, the fellow will be in residency applying practical skills and research at a local organization focused on African American history and culture. During these six months, the fellow will dedicate at least 85 percent of his/her/their time to the residency organization.
  • Full-time


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Applicants must have at least one degree from a Historically Black College or University

Competitive Applications

  • If a candidate has no prior relevant professional experience, either through internships, fellowships, or employment, it may be too early to be considered competitive.
  • If a candidate has more than two years’ of full-time work experience in museum or cultural management, it is likely they will have moved beyond the reach of the program.
  • A competitive applicant will be prepared to enter the field as a mid-career employee upon completion of the fellowship.

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 15, 2019 (11:59 pm)

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