[AIW] Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA), Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC/USA, June 15 - July 10, 2020

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Call for Applications

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)

Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, DC/USA

June 15 - July 10, 2020


We are now accepting proposals from prospective graduate student
participants for the 2020 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA).

SIMA is a graduate student summer training program in museum research
methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the
Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. Summer
2020 dates are June 15 - July 10.

During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops
at the museum and an off-site collections facility, students are introduced
to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become
acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select
methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of
theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In
consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data
collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for
research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Instruction
will be provided by Smithsonian scholars and guest faculty (to be

Who should apply?
Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology
who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program
is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management.
Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for
acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous
Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is
anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance,
even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if
they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Canadian First Nation members
are eligible under treaty agreements.

Costs: The program covers students' tuition and shared housing in local
furnished apartments. A small stipend will be provided to assist with the
cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually
responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.

Application deadline - March 1, 2020
SIMA dates for 2020: June 15- July 10

For more information and to apply, please visit

Additional questions? Want to discuss a project proposal? Email SIMA at si.edu
<mailto:SIMA at si.edu> 



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