Sherman Fairchild Fellowship

at The Phillips Collection

Sherman Fairchild Fellowships

In 2015, an industry study revealed overwhelming homogeneity in the art museum field. The Phillips Collection is delighted to launch the Sherman Fairchild Fellowship to promote greater equity and diversity, enhancing the museum experience and better serving our community while providing sustained opportunities for positive growth.

A comprehensive program that includes hands-on experience, mentoring, and professional development, the yearlong fellowship is organized in two parts:

  1. 10-month part-time fellowship during the academic school year (September–May) which combines museum priorities with each fellow’s interests
  2. 9-week full-time summer intensive (June–August) to gain hands-on experience in all facets of the museum

Following the 12-month fellowship, the Phillips will continue to engage the fellows through alumni activities, including continued mentoring and networking to ensure lasting impact and sustained professional relationships.

All are welcome to apply for the Sherman Fairchild Fellowship, and the Phillips will select up to four fellows. Successful applicants will demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the institution, including identifying with an ethnic, gender, or ability group that is underrepresented, or having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in the museum field. 

Eligible fields of study*

  • Art History
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Arts Management
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Business

*Other relevant fields may also be considered 

Ideal candidates include students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies at a university within the Greater Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area. Fellows are generally selected in the spring of their junior year after their majors have been declared. In a few cases, fellows may be selected in their senior year, as a graduate student, or as a recent graduate.

The following criteria are evaluated in the selecting of participants for the Sherman Fairchild Fellowship:

  • Academic promise (minimum of a 2.5 GPA);
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to pursue a career in the museum field, whether with coursework or professional experience;
  • Application materials which include resume, cover letter, transcripts, FAFSA document, writing sample, project proposal, and 2 letters of reference;
  • Availability for, and commitment to, engaged participation in all aspects of the Sherman Fairchild Fellowshop program, including a full-time summer intensive (June-August), attendance at conferences and meetings;
  • Status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

career support
The fellowship includes workshops, field trips, site visits, and project-based mentorship, and comes with a $15,000 stipend.

Applications for the 2020-21 Sherman Fairchild Fellowship has closed. Please check back for 2021-22 fellowship information.