American Indian Museum Fellowship



The two-week residential summer fellowship is designed to expose American Indian undergraduates to the possible career opportunities and challenges of historical interpretation and cultural preservation within museums. The fellowship is designed for students interested in pursuing the museum field with an emphasis on American Indian cultural and historical preservation among historical organizations and tribal governments. Students will have the opportunity to explore various museum organizations and get behind the scenes of tribal museums, sacred sites, and preservation labs. Transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided. Upon completion of the fellowship, students will receive a stipend of $1000.

Topics Covered

Museum Archives & Collections
Exhibit Design and Development
Conservation and Preservation
Tribal Historic Preservation
NAGPRA and Archaeology
Museum Curation and Administration
National Park Service

Important Dates

Priority deadline: March 23rd, 2018
Application due: April 3rd, 2018
Screening, interviewing: April 13th - April 20th, 2018
Confirmation of selection: April 23rd, 2018
Tentative program run dates: June 3rd - June 15th, 2018


American Indian Museum Fellowship participants are selected through a competitive application process.  Eligibility is limited to undergraduates who are currently enrolled in a program for Spring 2018 or have graduated within the last year.  Students are not required to be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe; however, the considered applicants must be affiliated with an indigenous community.

Preferred Skills

General research experience in the area of art and/or culture
Familiarity with museum presentations of Native history and culture or enthusiasm and self-motivation for topics covered
Strong written and oral communication, attention to detail, willingness to try new things, ability to work in a group setting as well as independently


Travel to St. Paul, Minnesota
Attend and participate all required seminars and discussions
Complete all necessary coursework including journals
Reside in fellowship housing shared with other Fellows

Application Process

The following materials must be submitted (mailed, faxed, emailed, or dropped off) on or before the posted deadline.

American Indian Museum Fellowship Application
One letter of recommendation
Additional documents such as a resume and employment history may be attached

Please submit completed application to: Jessica Hobson, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102. Contact Jessica at [email protected] or at her office phone, 651-259-3485, or fax, 651-259-3434.

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Mar 7th 2018

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Mar 23rd 2018, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists