Fellowships

We offer fellowships to predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior postdoctoral scholars involved in cultural heritage, ethnomusicology, museum studies, and more. Fellows work directly with staff in our office in Washington, D.C., with access to Smithsonian archives, collections, and other resources. Applicants are welcome from the United States and around the world.

Folklife fellows have produced films, documentary recordings, Folklife Festival programs, and books as a result of the residency, for example, Introduction to American Folk Music, a textbook by professor Kip Lornell, and Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records by Dartmouth dean Peter Goldsmith.

Fellowships are very competitive and are awarded annually through the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowship and Internships.

Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities

Fellow Alexandro Hern├índez (right) presents a Peruvian “scissors dance” performance by Steve Cotaquispe at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Evan McGurrin, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

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