Bruce Craig Fellowship and Fellowship for Diversity

UPDATE: MAAM is discussing how to approach fellowships for the MAAM 2020 Virtual Conference. Please stay tuned for further information.

Emerging professionals: need some financial assistance to get to MAAM?

MAAM is committed to providing emerging museum professionals and museum studies students opportunities to network with all levels of museum professionals with our Annual Meeting Fellowships.

We offer the Bruce Craig Fellowship and Fellowship for Diversity to help our emerging museum professionals get to the Annual Meeting.

Fellowship submissions are now closed. 

Applicants will be evaluated and selected by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Fellowship Committee. Applicants will be notified via email if they have received a fellowship by early October.

Each Fellow receives:

  • Free Annual Meeting registration [including workshops or tours that have a cost]
  • A one year individual membership in MAAM
  • $150 stipend
  • Invitation to the Leadership Luncheon at the Annual Meeting


Emerging museum professionals (having less than five years of paid experience in the field) and graduate students currently enrolled or having graduated in the last year from a graduate school program in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Public History or a related area of study (e.g. Museum Exhibition) located in the MAAM Region who have not previously attended a MAAM Annual Meeting.

About our Fellowships

Bruce Craig Fellowship

About Bruce Craig

brucecraig-285x300Bruce started his museum career while in high school as a volunteer at the National Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History) and as a paid interpretor at the Robert E. Lee House in Arlington during the summer. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Anthropology and did field work in Italy for several years in those summers. He went on to earn a degree in Museum Studies at the George Washington University with whom he maintained a lifetime relationship as an occasional lecturer. While at GW, he was a collections intern in the Anthropology Department at the National Museum of Natural History and from that experience was hired first for the inventory project and then as the department loan coordinator. Bruce began working in the Office of Museum Programs as the Visiting Professionals Program coordinator, later serving as the Deputy and Acting Director when it became the Center for Museum Studies.

Over his thirty-four-year career, he made a major contribution to the Smithsonian Institution and the museum profession by editing the CMS Bulletin, leading training workshops and institutes for museum professionals, and serving on boards and chairing American Association of Museums Committees. In addition, Bruce was a member of the International Committee for the Training of Personnel of the International Council of Museums and served an eight-year term on its board.

Bruce was a pillar of the MAAM Board as well, serving countless years ending his tenure with the position of Secretary on MAAM’s Executive Committee in 2008.

Most recently he led the development of the Education Data Gathering and Evaluation (EDGE) system and the Goode Lecture series. Bruce inspired collaboration across the Institution — working with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to endow the Education Innovation and Achievement Awards, with the Smithsonian Council of Education Directors to determine common outcomes for education, with the Heritage Months Steering Committee on its programming, with the Internship Council to double internship opportunities, with the Smithsonian National Board Education Committee to broaden access, with visiting museum fellows to conduct original research, and with educators across the Institution on projects supported by the School Programming Fund.

Each year, depending on the funds available, MAAM awards up to four Bruce Craig Fellowships to the Annual Meeting. The purpose of the Fellowship is to make attendance at the Annual Meeting affordable to promising graduate students and emerging professionals.

Fellowship for Diversity 

About the Fellowship for Diversity

A few years ago, the board of directors of MAAM made a commitment to make diversity part of the conversation at every MAAM Annual Meeting. As part of this initiative, MAAM decided to offer the Fellowship for Diversity for the MAAM Annual Meeting. To qualify, applicants must be currently working in a museum in a state in MAAM’s jurisdiction (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C.). Applicants must be a person of African American, Native American, Latinx, Middle-Eastern, Indian, and/or Asian descent.

Each year, depending on the funds available, MAAM awards up to two Fellowships for Diversity to the Annual Meeting. The purpose of the Fellowship is to make attendance at the Annual Meeting affordable to promising graduate students and emerging professionals of color. 

2018 Fellows

Bruce Craig Fellows

  • Amber Emory
  • Elana Oser
  • Lauren Scharf
  • Ibraham Shafau

Diversity Fellows:

  • Eden Cho
  • Tellie Simpson

Emerging Museum Professional Fellows:

  • Victoria Potenza
  • Akeyla Todd

2017 Fellows

  • Amanda Belli
  • Carrie Hadley
  • Rachel Jonas
  • Danielle Lancaster
  • Angela Mele
  • Sophia Vayansky

2016 Fellows

  • Margaret Back
  • Kristie Couser
  • Katie McKendry
  • Meghan Mullins
  • Sara Umland
  • Ashley Scotto

2015 Fellows

  • Kim McCleary, Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, NY
  • HaGar AbdelRahman, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

2014 Fellows

  • Lauren Shenfeld, George Washington University, Washington DC

2013 Fellows

  • Jessica Bellingham, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Patrick Dickerson, The Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, NY

2012 Fellows

  • Lauren Brincat, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
  • Graham Humphrey, MA Program in Museums Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2011 Fellows

  • Nadine Stewart, Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Tomasina de Vitis, Museology Graduate Program, University of Washington
  • Brett Rodgers, National Building Museum
  • Janine Napierkowski, The Hudson River Museum
  • Adam Fix, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Tessa Sabol, The Textile Museum

2010 Fellows

  • Corrie Hodge, Museum Operations Associate, American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
  • Amy Krize, American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
  • Erin Kuykendall, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
  • Pamela Schwartz, Seton Hall University, Masters of Museum Professions
  • Bridget Warner, Site Supervisor, Zwaanendael Museum



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