The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship 2018–2019 application deadline has been extended to February 23, 2018. The fellow will be responsible for curating an exhibition on Pueblo Indian weaving and embroidery.

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship will be awarded to a graduate or recent postdoctoral student who has demonstrated a passion for the interpretation of arts and culture in a museum or similar setting. The minimum requirement is the completion of coursework for a master’s degree. Postdoctoral students whose dissertations were accepted within the past two years will also be eligible. Native North American scholars are encouraged to apply.

The selected fellow will be a temporary full-time employee of the Wheelwright Museum with benefits for 18 months starting in June 2018. He or she will have significant responsibilities for the planning and implementation of a major exhibition and will work closely with the museum’s exhibition team. The fellow may have writing responsibilities and will interact closely with a featured artist, author, videographer, interns from regional institutions, volunteers, and other constituents.

The salary range is $38,000 to $42,000 annually, based on level of academic achievement.

The fellow will not be provided time to write a thesis or dissertation, but will have some funding to attend conferences and other professional gatherings.

Applicants must provide a statement explaining their qualifications and their background. The statement must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a substantial writing sample written and edited entirely by the applicant, and three letters of recommendation.  Applications can be sent by mail, FedEx, or other service, or can be scanned and emailed. Complete mailed applications must be postmarked no later than February 2nd, 2018; emailed applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 2nd, 2018. Mailed applications should be addressed to:

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
P.O. Box 5153
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Emailed applications should be sent to:


The Ludwig and Nancy Sternberger Charitable Foundation, the Young Boozer Family Foundation, and the Norton T. and G. Leonie Batkin Fund are all supporting a new program of internships, which will be available to undergraduate students. Most interns will assist in the curatorial department with collections management, exhibition development, and video production, but some may work in the museum’s public relations office. Most of these opportunities are available only to Native American students.

Internship in Video: In May or June 2018, depending upon an applicant’s availability, a full-time internship for up to six months will be awarded to a Native American undergraduate student who will be responsible for video production for exhibitions that will open in November 2018. An applicant must have access to all necessary equipment and software, and must have a mentor, preferably an instructor at their educational institution, who can assist them with all aspects of production. The stipend for this will be calculated at the rate of $12/hr up to a maximum of $12,500.

Internship in Collections Management or Exhibition Development: Also offered in June 2018 will be two full-time, ten-week internships for Native American students. The roles and responsibilities of these interns will be linked to collections management or exhibition development. Each internship will have a stipend of $5,000.

Applications open on February 19th and close on May 4th. Applicants should provide a letter of interest explaining their background and their interest in working in a museum setting, a resume describing prior experience and relevant coursework, and two letters of support.

Applications should be emailed to


Archival Outreach Program

The museum is launching the Robert and Willow Powers Archival Outreach Program, which will provide assistance and training in archives and records management for Pueblo Indian communities in northern New Mexico. The museum will work closely with one community each year, funding an intern within and chosen by the community, who will be trained by the museum’s archivist, Willow Powers. Our first partner in this program is Taos Pueblo, where maps and other documents supporting the tribe’s sovereignty will be processed and preserved.

The launch of the Archival Outreach Program is made possible by Willow Powers, the Young Boozer Family Foundation, the Norton T. and G. Leonie Batkin Fund, and the Ludwig and Nancy Sternberger Charitable Foundation.