National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) scholarships and fellowships for HBCU students and recent graduates

Fellowships are open to graduate students from Master or Master of Arts Programs

Internships are open to undergraduate & graduate students from Art History, Chemistry, Design, Computer Science, Photography, Studio Art etc. 

It is with great pleasure that we write to you about new and exciting fellowship and internship opportunities at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  These are open to students currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of a degree program at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), and other institutions who have an evident interest in the curatorship and conservation of African American heritage.  The fellowships and internships will be funded by a Mellon grant and housed in the NMAAHC’s Office of Curatorial Affairs at one of the two NMAAHC sites: the headquarters in Washington D.C. or the Pennsy Collections and Support Center in Landover, MD.

 The fellows and interns will be part of an exciting journey of groundbreaking efforts to culminate with the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in 2015.  As the Smithsonian’s 19th and newest museum, and the first “green” museum, the NMAAHC is committed to presenting a compelling history of our country through the lens of the African American experience.  Researching, collecting, documenting and conserving thousands of objects, documents, photographs, works of art, garments, musical instruments, and oral histories will be an integral part of their hands-on experience. The fellowships will focus on curatorial activities and the internships on conservation practices.  The goal of this new program is to expose undergraduate and graduate students to opportunities in curatorial and conservation studies and inspire them to consider curatorial and conservation careers. Through this pilot program, the Museum may facilitate entry to museum professions for individuals from communities that are historically not well represented in this field.

You will find complete information on the fellowship and internship programs on our website. The URLs are: for fellowships: and for internships:

Kindly feel free to reach out to our Fellowship Program Administrator at or 202-633-4519 if you, or your students, faculty and staff have any questions during the application process.