National Native Museum Training Program


The fellowship component is operating throughout the country.  These paid opportunities for existing and future tribal museum personnel have been individually designed by the host institution to both enhance the fellow’s skills through hands-on experiences in established Native and non-Native museums, and to also benefit the host.  These fellowships are intended to increase the number of trained native museum professionals by starting to “fill the pipeline,” and increase the capacity of tribal museums to serve their community by providing them with a cadre of young people with some professional experience in the areas of interpretation, education, collections care and interpretation.  

Fellowship Requisites:

Fellowship candidates must be:

  1. (a) Undergraduate or graduate students of museums studies, anthropology, art or art history, or a related field and seeking to enter the museum profession; or
    (b) A current employee or volunteer of a tribal museum or cultural center who is seeking to enhance their professional work skills.
  2. American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.
  3. Able to commit to the three-month fellowship, and to work a specified number of hours at the host institution each week.
  4. Able to maintain a journal of fellowship activities that will be used in evaluating the fellowship component of the overall NATHPO training program.
  5. Able to share skills acquired through the fellowship with their tribal museum/community college colleagues by coordinating and/or developing a mini-workshop and/or educational materials.

Fellowship applicants must complete application materials as determined by NATHPO and the host institution, including a short essay describing the applicant’s museum-related interests and goals for participation in the program.

Host Institution Responsibilities:

NNMTP Host Institutions:

  1. Develop projects for their fellows that provide meaningful professional experiences and fulfill institutional needs.
  2. Advertise fellowship opportunities among local community members/Native university students and solicit applications from potential fellows.
  3. Provide a work experience that will build upon or enhance fellows’ professional
    experience and interests.
  4. Provide a safe work place and a positive learning environment complete with
    dedicated work space, Internet and computer access and, staff instruction.

For information on fellowship opportunities, please see the Fellowship Hosts section of this website, or contact Fellows Advisor Karl Hoerig at

For a list of past and current Fellowships click here.


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