Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship

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

The Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship will expose Native American undergraduates to the museum field by participating in seminars and internship programs. With this experience, the participant will be prepared to continue their academic career in the cultural heritage field and be prepared to participate in national museum programs.

The first two weeks of the program will be an in depth seminar that will focus on the function of museums and the roles and responsibilities of several departments. Participants will be placed in a Minnesota Historical Society site for the duration of the fellowship where they will have a hands on internship experience.

Participants in the program will receive a stipend and housing allowance.

Topics Covered

  • Museum Administration
  • Collections
  • Registration
  • Conservation
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Education
  • Facilities
  • Development
  • Curatorial
  • Exhibitions

Important Dates

  • Priority Deadline: March 29, 2019
  • All application materials must be submitted or postmarked no later than April 5, 2019
  • Screening, interviewing: April 2-15, 2019
  • Confirmation of selection: April 23, 2019
  • Tentative program run dates: June 3 - August 12, 2019


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 2019 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.


  • Travel and reside at 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
  • Travel and reside at historic sites within Minnesota for internship experience

Application Process

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

Please submit completed application to: Joe D. Horse Capture, Director, Native American Initiatives, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102. Contact Joe at or at office phone 651-259-3389, 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 Native American Undergraduate Museum Fellowship at the Minnesota Historical Society is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the David and Rosemary Good Family Foundation.