Job Opening – Fellowships (11/2010)

2010 November 29

2011-2012 Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections

The Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships has announced one-year fellowships for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or for conservation scientists to conduct research and gain further training at the Smithsonian in the conservation of items in its collections.  The fellowship begins in the fall of 2011. A stipend of $35,000 is being offered plus allowances. The prospective fellow must first contact the conservator or scientist with whom he or she would like to work. If the potential supervisor confirms that candidacy is suitable, application must be made through the Office of Fellowships. Program guidelines, instructions, cover sheets, and letters for your referees are available on the Office of Fellowships’ web site ( The deadline is January 15, 2011.

As one of the conservation laboratories in which a fellowship is offered, the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) offers postings for treatment and research projects benefiting Smithsonian collections that make use of MCI’s excellent analytical capabilities (


Mary Ballard, Senior Textiles Conservator, 301-238- 1210,

Harriet F. (Rae) Beaubien, Head of Conservation (archaeological materials), 301-238-1235,

Paula T. DePriest, Deputy Director (biodeterioration), 301-238-1206,

Christine France, Physical Scientist (stable isotopes), 301-238-1261,

Jennifer Giaccai, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1211,

Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator, 301-238-1236,

Robert J. Koestler, Director (biodeterioration), 301-238-1205,

Odile Madden, Scientist, 301-238-1257,

Mehdi Moini, Research Scientist (mass spectrometry/proteomics), 301-238-1238,

Hanna Szczepanowska, Conservator, 301-238-1232,

Jeff Speakman, Head of Technical Studies (archaeological materials), 301-238-1242,

Jia-Sun Tsang, Senior Paintings Conservator (modern and contemporary art), 301-238-1231,

Ed Vicenzi, Research Scientist (microchemistry/microscopy), 301-238-1215,

Melvin Wachowiak, Senior Conservator (advanced imaging, 3D scanning, and wooden artifacts), 301-238-1218,

Donald C. Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator (wooden artifacts), 301-238-1239,

Fellows may also be hosted in the conservation laboratories of other Smithsonian museums, with the possibility of additional facilities for analytical work available at MCI. The conservator contact for each museum is listed below:

Richard Barden, National Museum of American History (202-633-3638; for objects, paper, textile, and costume conservation

Ellen Chase, Freer and Sackler Galleries (202-633-0365; for objects, paper, and Asian paintings conservation; and conservation science

Malcolm Collum, National Air and Space Museum (301-238-1637; for objects conservation

Greta Hansen, National Museum of Natural History (301-238-1306; for anthropological objects conservation

Helen Ingalls, Smithsonian American Art Museum (202-633-5804; for paintings, paper, objects and frames conservation

Marian Kaminitz, National Museum of the American Indian (301-238-1415; for archaeological and ethnographic objects and textile conservation

Susan Lake, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (202-633-2731; for conservation of modern materials

Steve Mellor, National Museum of African Art (202-633-4616; for objects conservation

Lou Molnar, National Portrait Gallery (202-633-5822; for paintings and paper conservation

Sarah Stauderman, Smithsonian Institution Archives (202-633-5921; for archives and paper conservation

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