National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowships

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National Park Service
Enhancing and expanding storytelling at national parks through scholarship

In partnership with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation supports a public humanities fellowship program for postdocs, thanks to the generous funding of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowships support national parks with scholarship related to labor history and productivity, the legacy of the civil rights movement, and gender and sexuality equality. Each fellow collaborates with a faculty mentor from partner academic institutions, including Morgan State University and University of Washington, bringing fresh expertise in the public humanities field.

The fellows work with National Park Service staff to create interpretive and educational resources based on their scholarly research. Examples include visitor center exhibitions, lesson plans, audience-centered dialogues, social-media campaigns, and innovative digital projects. The fellows also collaborate to offer trainings and online seminars to National Park Service staff nationwide.

The work of the National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellows helps to enhance, expand, and deepen storytelling at national parks across the country.

Learn more about the current National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellows here.

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