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:
- 9-week full-time summer intensive (June–August) to gain hands-on experience in all facets of the museum
- 10-month part-time fellowship during the academic school year (September–June) which combines museum priorities with each fellow’s interests
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
- Art and Design
- Arts Management
- Digital Humanities
- *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 Fellowship program, including a full-time summer intensive (June-August), attendance at conferences and meetings;
- Status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
The fellowship includes workshops, field trips, site visits, and project-based mentorship, and comes with a $15,000 stipend.
The 2021-22 Sherman Fairchild Fellowship applications have closed.
The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer of qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. All employment decisions and personnel actions are conducted without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.