American Indian Museum Fellowship

Topics Covered | Important Dates | Eligibility | Preferred Skills | Requirements | Application Process | Selection Process

The 2 1/2-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, archaeology 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 19th, 2016
  • Application due: March 26th, 2016
  • Screening, interviewing: April 4th - 15th 2016
  • Confirmation of selection: April 25th, 2016
  • Tentative program run dates: June 2nd - June 18, 2016


Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who attend a Minnesota University/college. A student can also apply if he/she is a permanent resident of Minnesota. The Minnesota Historical Society also acknowledges the forced removal of Dakota people from their ancestral homelands in Minnesota. Through a generous grant from the Good Family Foundation, MNHS is now also able to accept applications of students from Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota communities outside of Minnesota whom are currently enrolled in undergraduate studies at any University or College. The program has two spaces open for students from outside Minnesota. Students are not required to be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe; however students 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.

Please submit completed application to: Coral Moore, Education Outreach Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102. Contact Coral at or at her office phone, 651-259-3440, or fax, 651-259-3434.

Selection Process

Applicants applying to the priority deadline will be considered first. Applicants meeting the criteria will be selected for interviews with program staff. Applications will not be accepted into the program until a formal interview is conducted either via phone or in-person. An interview does not guarantee selection into the program. Selection will be based on the information provided in the application form and supporting documentation and through the interview process.

The American Indian Museum Fellowship is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. Funding for this program has been provided through the State of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the David and Rosemary Good Family Foundation.

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