The Gale Fellowship Program

A Unique Fellowship Opportunity in Minnesota Public History

The Gale Fellowship Program is funded by the Alfred P. and Leona Gale Fund. The purpose of the program is to:

  • Reward an individual who has completed and earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree, and who has a strong interest in pursuing a career in public history, with a two-year professional position providing a real life experience in the application of public history;
  • Enable MNHS to hire promising new talent emerging from academic institutions;
  • Provide fellows with an opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of a significant special project, such as a new exhibition, publication, or education program; and
  • Help the audiences for public history, through implementation of the identified project, to develop a better understanding of the past and its role in shaping our world.

One Gale Fellow will be selected each year for a two-year position. The appointment begins July 1, or as soon thereafter as is practical.

The 2016-18 Gale Fellowship Project

Each year’s fellowship will provide a unique opportunity, since the nature of the project focus changes annually. Therefore, each fellow will be recruited to perform a very different project in public history for the two years of his or her service.

For the 2016-18 biennium, the Minnesota Historical Society will be recruiting a fellow to help facilitate MNHS outreach and community engagement work with the American Indian tribes in Minnesota, with a particular focus on Ojibwe communities. This project will require the fellow to broaden MNHS’s outreach efforts to encompass the seven separate Ojibwe tribal entities throughout the state, and to deepen the MNHS engagement within each of those communities. The fellow may be expected to serve as a formal liaison to leaders, schools, and institutions within those communities.


Establishes and maintains productive relationships with members of the 7 Ojibwe tribes and local Indian communities and serves as a representative of the Minnesota Historical Society to regional and national organizations promoting respect and understanding for Native American people and their cultures.

  • Helps to facilitate MNHS relationships with, and activities across, Minnesota’s Indian communities.
  • Works directly with the tribal governments, related and contributing organizations and businesses to establish mutually beneficial partnerships and enhance understanding and respect between MNHS and the Indian communities.
  • Works directly with individuals and groups in the Indian communities to enhance understanding and respect between MNHS and those individuals and groups.
  • Works closely with local and regional native and non-native communities to promote respect and understanding for Ojibwe people.
  • Works closely with the MNHS Indian Affairs Council and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council to help represent the interests, activities and future directions of the MNHS.
  • Works closely with national Native American organizations to help represent the interests, activities and future directions of the MNHS.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Ojibwe and Dakota languages.  
  • Understanding and appreciation for the values of the Ojibwe and Dakota people, both their traditions, relationships, arts and crafts, and their background and history.
  • Knowledge of MLBO state departments and other local, county and federal agencies of relevance to the site’s program.
  • Experience in community development or outreach work.
  • Ability to work diplomatically with a large number of individuals, organizations, and tribal functionaries across Minnesota’ Indian communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct historical or humanities research and to supervise the research work of others.
  • Strong oral communications skills, including lecturing and teaching.

Eligibility and Selection

The fellowship is available to individuals who have been awarded their M.A. or Ph.D. degree within the previous three years. There is no restriction relating to age or academic status. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply if they have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Candidates with professional degrees are also eligible to apply.

Gale Fellows will have a record of superior academic achievement in fields of study relevant to the MNHS mission and the ability to clearly articulate their interest in history, and will demonstrate a potential to succeed at the highest level in their field of endeavor.

Application materials will be screened internally with materials from the most qualified individuals being forwarded to a selection committee appointed by the MNHS Executive Council.


The two-year fellowship will carry an annual salary in the $48,000-$55,000 range (depending upon qualifications), plus benefits.

Application Process

Applications for 2016-18 must be received by close of business on April 15, 2016. Application must include:

  • A completed application form (PDF)
  • A candidate statement (maximum 2 pages) summarizing background and expertise, career objectives, and their alignment with this fellowship opportunity.
  • A full curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please submit all application materials in hard copy to:

Gale Fellowships
Deputy Director for Programs
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906

Contact information

Chris Taylor