Mellon Foundation Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellowship

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Mellon Foundation Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellowship


Hired for a two-year term, the Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow works as a public historian for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History.

The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in LGBTQ+ and gender history, and have an interest in public history. The Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow will strengthen the interpretive and pedagogical aspects of LGBTQ+ programming, expanding interdisciplinary efforts to encompass the intersection of women’s history with gender studies and LGBTQ+ history, as the New-York Historical Society prepares to engage fully with the new LGBTQ+ Museum.

The position’s responsibilities include: investigating key issues, events, and people that shaped the LGBTQ+ community; laying the groundwork for future exhibitions, public programs, research, and collection plans; developing and implementing at least one of the Center’s quarterly public programs; and participating on the Center for Women’s History team in the development of temporary and rotating exhibitions. Throughout the fellowship, the Fellow will also explore the collections of the New-York Historical Society, and support promotion of the Center’s resources to the scholarly community, as well as assist in the development and implementation of the Center’s annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History.

All Center fellows receive practical instruction and cross-disciplinary guidance from New-York Historical staff. Fellows learn to harness academic skills—such as research, scholarship, and writing—to serve a broad public, while gaining hands-on experience in exhibition creation and design, public program development, and the collecting of both museum and library materials.

Applicants for the Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellowship must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. This fellowship will last from January 4, 2022, through December 31, 2023, and will receive a stipend of $70,000 per year, with benefits.

Deadline: November 15, 2021