Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship - MACECE

Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship

Fulbright Study Grant

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with National Archives scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Archives and Records Administration.  The award was established to support archival science education, conservation, and research.


Eligible candidates will be researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields. A  Master’s degree is required, but PhD or equivalent professional experience is preferred. Advanced Doctoral researchers completing dissertation projects related to heritage science are eligible to apply.

  • Disciplines

    • Heritage/Conservation Science
    • Preventative Preservation
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics
  • Areas of Interest

    • Cultural heritage preservation and conservation
    • Applications of technology to complex issues in heritage preservation and risk management
    • Data analysis and visualization

The National Archives Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab is located just outside of Washington, D.C. in College Park, Maryland. The Lab will provide the Fellow with needed office and bench space and access to common wet lab supplies, PPE, and equipment, including a desktop computer. The lab also has several analytical instruments available including an XRF, FT-IR, and GC/MS. The lab houses several temperature and humidity controlled ovens and a microfadometer often used for material aging experiments.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of U.S. government and historical records. While NARA’s flagship locations are in the Washington, D.C. area, the agency represents a network of 40+ locations across the nation, including presidential libraries.

  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Round-trip, economy class airfare
  • University tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Stipend to cover living expenses
  • Settling in and professional development allowances
  • A modest dependent allowance if applicable.

Please note that J visa compliant health insurance and travel costs for accompanying dependents are the responsibility of the participant.

Recipients of this award will be invited to participate in Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Activities as well as Fulbright’s Outreach Lecturing Fund.  Fellows will join a diverse, active, worldwide network of alumni who carry the impact of their transformational Fulbright experience far beyond the period of their exchange programs.


Interested applicants should complete the following on-line application form.

Once you have started your application, make sure to select Fulbright-National Archives from the Award drop-down menu on the Country Information page.

  • Application launch: June, 2021
  • Application deadline: October 15 , 2021
  • Academic year: 2022-2023
  • Award length: Minimum of 5 months, maximum of 12 months
  • Departure to the US: Beginning September 2022