2021 Graduate Collections and Archival Fellow


Onsite Position in Alexandria, VA with Part-time Remote Work Available as Needed

Open Date:

November 16, 2020

Closing Date:

January 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST


The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce the opening of a nine-month NWHM Graduate Collections and Archival Fellow Award for 2021. Applicants should have a strong interest in library science, archival studies, or museums studies. The Archival Fellow will complete the processing of the Museum’s institutional archives and submissions to the Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project, as well as providing general care and maintenance for the Museum’s permanent study collection.

Candidates must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant graduate (Master’s Degree- or Ph.D.-earning) program in the humanities or library sciences. The awardee will work 25 hours a week in a combination of onsite work at the Museum’s administrative headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia with remote work available as needed between January 18, 2021 to October 15, 2021, and will receive a stipend of $20,000. Applicants must have reliable access to the Internet. This position is a part-time grant-funded position that does not receive benefits and is non-renewable.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The NWHM Graduate Collections and Archival Fellow appraises, edits, and directs the safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents housed within the Museum’s permanent study collection and archives. The fellow participates in research activities based on archival materials; organizes archival records and develops classification systems to facilitate access to the materials; provides reference services and assistance for users; prepares archival records to allow easy access to information; creates and maintains accessible and retrievable computer archives and databases; preserves records, documents, and objects; copies records to alternative formats as necessary; prepares materials for preservation, storage, or display; directs the arrangement, cataloguing, exhibiting, and maintaining of collections and materials; and researches and records the origins and historical significance of archival materials. The Archival Fellow also assists in coordinating educational and public outreach programs, such as virtual tours, workshops, lectures, and discussions, and plans community programs and activities for the general public. This position reports to the Director of Education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current graduate-level work in library science, archival studies, museums studies, or a related field
  • Experience processing archival collections
  • Familiarity with archival metadata standards
  • Familiarity with electronic records management issues
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working with an archival content management system such as Archivists Toolkit
  • Experience implementing archival metadata standards

Application Instructions:

A complete application submission includes:

  • A statement of interest that outlines the applicant’s scholarly goals and how an NWHM fellowship award will be of benefit to furthering such goals;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • An unofficial graduate school transcript;
  • A short writing sample of no more than 2,000 words; and
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic or professional source.

All application materials should be sent electronically together to:
Liz Eberlein, Education Programs Manager
[email protected] (please use “2021 Archival Fellow Award” as the subject line)

No phone calls, please. Only applicants that are selected to interview will be contacted, and final candidates will be notified of outcome no later than January 12th 2021.



The National Women’s History Museum considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with federal law. In addition, the National Women’s History Museum complies with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it operates. The National Women’s History Museum also provides “reasonable accommodations” to qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. All interested individuals, regardless of background, are encouraged to apply.