Application Deadline: Friday, August 14th Fellowship Stipend: $15,000 (over 12 months) 

The Sherman Fairchild Fellowship is a paid year-long program: a 10-month part-time fellowship which combines museum priorities with each fellow’s interests and a 9 week full-time intensive to gain hands-on experience in all facets of the museum. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, 2020 SFF Fellowships will begin in September 2020. 

The Phillips Collection has extended the application period and is seeking applications for two Fellowship appointments with specific focus areas: 

Digital Fellow – Focused on the intersection of museums and technology, the Digital Fellow is a pilot program that will primarily consist of research and implementation of online opportunities for The Phillips Collection. This will include, but not be limited to, creating online exhibitions, online programs, and providing online access to the museum’s collections. The Digital Fellow will work in collaboration on these projects with The Phillips Collection’s DEAI, Education & Community Engagement/Public Programs, Collections, and other departments. 

This Fellowship may be completed remotely

TLD Fellow – Focused on further developing The Phillips Collection’s internal workplace culture, the Training, Learning, and Development (TLD) Fellow is a pilot program that will primarily consist of designing and implementing toolkits and trainings to increase cultural competency amongst The Phillips Collection staff, board, and volunteers, including front of house and gallery security visitor engagement training. The TLD Fellow will work in collaboration on these projects with the Program Manager of DEAI and Director of Strategy and Operations. 

This Fellowship may be completed remotely

These fellowships include workshops, field trips, site visits (that may be completed virtually), and project-based mentorship, and comes with a $15,000 stipend

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

The Phillips will host up to four fellows per year who identify as historically underrepresented minorities (URM)* in the museum field. 

ELIGIBILITY: 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. 

REQUIREMENTS: Ideal candidates include students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies at a university. Fellows may be selected in their junior or senior year, as a graduate student, and/or as a recent graduate. 

Candidates must display the following: 

  • Academic promise (minimum of a 2.5 GPA); 
  • 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; 
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S. 

Candidates must also have a demonstrated interest and commitment to pursue a career in the museum field, whether with coursework or professional experience. Eligible fields of study include*: 

  • Art history 
  • History 
  • Art 
  • Arts Management/Arts Administration 
  • Education 
  • Communications 
  • Business 
  • Music 
  • Technology in the Arts 

*Other relevant fields may also be considered 

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, transcripts, FAFSA document, project proposal, and 2 letters of reference on our ADP website at this link: Sherman Fairchild Foundation Fellowship Application. If at all possible, we prefer to receive the letters of recommendation together with the rest of your materials. If a recommender insists that the letter of recommendation remains confidential, please ask them to send the letter to with your name in the subject line. No phone calls please.