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Museum Education Fellowship Program Application FAQ

My professor wants to send their letter of recommendation confidentially. To whom should they address their letter?

Letters of recommendation should be submitted with the rest of your application. Using any other method means that there’s a risk that your application will appear incomplete, as our staff will manually pair your letters with your applications. If absolutely required, recommenders may email their letters in PDF format to Dalila Scruggs, Fellowship Coordinator, at

I sent a letter of recommendation on behalf of my student/employee/etc. by email. Have you received it?

If you received an automatic reply, your letter was received. Because applicants are required to submit letters with their applications, your letter will have to be manually paired with the application after the fact. We will do our best to ensure your letter is properly directed.

How many hours per week are participants expected to dedicate to this program?

The Fellowship is a full-time, 35-hour-per-week job that is highly demanding and involved. Fellows report to multiple supervisors and support several programs, are very actively engaged in the Museum’s daily activity, and leave the program with a great deal of hands-on experience. Therefore, candidates who are selected would not be able to hold any other full-time positions, nor is there any flexibility in the program start or end dates. Fellows should expect a challenging, high-impact experience that provides excellent preparation for a career in arts education and management.

I don’t have an art history or art education background. Am I qualified for the Fellowship?

Yes. Although the job description emphasizes art history and art education, we welcome applicants from all academic backgrounds. The application process emphasizes art-making experience because all School, Youth, and Family Programs Fellows teach art-making classes. Two Fellows teach their own art classes each year, and a sustained art practice is an important component of that teaching. School and Public Programs Fellows do not have the same art-making requirements.

I recently graduated from an advanced degree program, have been out of school for several years, or have recently changed careers. Am I eligible for the Fellowship?

The goal of the Fellowship is to provide opportunity and training to those who are relatively new to the field of museum education. “Recent college graduate” can be interpreted fairly broadly—even 4–5 years after graduating is fine. This qualification can be best addressed in your cover letter.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I eligible for the Fellowship?

Anyone is welcome to apply, so long as you are able to work legally in the United States (through a visa, green card, etc.). However, the Museum does not currently sponsor visas, so we cannot assist in securing work authorization.

Is housing provided by the program?

No, the Museum cannot provide housing. Fellows are expected to pay for housing using their own resources, including the Fellowship salary and, if needed, secondary income or other support.

What are the start and end dates of the Fellowship program?

The Fellowship typically starts on the Tuesday after Labor Day and ends the third week of June.