The Museum of the American Revolution, located in Philadelphia’s historic Old City neighborhood, invites applications for its inaugural two-year Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship. Applicants must hold a recent doctoral degree in American History with specialization in Women’s History, with an 18th and/or 19th century focus preferred. The Fellow will be an in-residence, full-time staff member for a period of two years from fall 2018 to fall 2020.
The Museum’s Postdoctoral Fellowship provides hands-on, interdisciplinary public history experience in curatorial work and exhibition development for a young scholar. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Museum’s Chief Historian and Director of Curatorial Affairs and in close collaboration with curatorial and education staff as well as an advisory board of scholars. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to conduct historical and object research and to develop thematic narratives for a major special exhibition reflecting on the American Revolution and the 19th Amendment. This exhibition will open in the Museum of the American Revolution in fall 2020.
The Fellow will gain extensive experience in developing museum exhibitions, including researching and writing interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition labels and text panels, digital content, etc.). They will also contribute to the development of associated public programming. In addition to their primary responsibility for development of the special exhibition, approximately 25% of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to general curatorial department work including staff training, support for fundraising activities, and other duties.
This two-year Fellowship runs from October 15, 2018 and ends October 16, 2020. Compensation is $50,000 a year plus benefits. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.
Ph.D. in American History, awarded within the past five years. Specialist in Women’s History with an 18th and/or 19th-century focus preferred. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by October 15, 2018
- Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field.
- Excellent analytical, writing and oral communication skills; experience or evidence of promise in writing for non-scholarly audiences.
- Enthusiasm for working collaboratively.
- Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections.
- Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly.
- Project-oriented organizational skills.
Required Materials (Application Checklist)
Applications must be submitted by EMAIL only to email@example.com with the subject line as follows: Last Name, First Name – Curatorial Fellowship Application
Applications are to include:
- Thoughtful cover letter highlighting the breadth of the applicant’s scholarship and interest in exploring work in the field of public history.
- Comprehensive curriculum vitae, including external support received during graduate study, fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, tuition grants, public history experience, etc.
- Excerpt(s) from dissertation or thesis (no more than 3,000 words). An excerpt from a working draft is acceptable.
- Example of non-scholarly writing, if available.
- An unofficial graduate school transcript.
- A letter from a Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) confirming that the applicant will complete their Ph.D. by the required date.
- Three confidential letters of recommendation, which must be submitted directly to the Museum of the American Revolution.
For further information about the Museum of the American Revolution, visit: www.amrevmuseum.org.
Review of applications will begin September 3 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions may be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org