Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship

New Deadline: Friday, October 15

Learn About VAM's Fellowship Opportunity

Are you a mid-career museum professional looking to have an impact on the field? Do you want to get engaged with VAM, and build your resume at the same time? VAM’s Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship was created for exactly these reasons. If you are selected as a fellow, you would have the chance to do research, talk with your colleagues at other museums about challenges they face, participate in state and national advocacy efforts and conversations surrounding the future of museums. The end result will serve as a resource for the museum community.


  • $1,000 will be awarded to the selected fellow

Who’s Eligible

  • This program is geared toward mid-career professionals, with between 5-20 years of experience in the museum field.
  • All applicants must be members in good standing of VAM.

Elements and Timeline of Fellowship

  • Individual project completed during the course of the fellowship
  • In 2021, the chosen fellow will focus their independent project around VAM's Community Conversations: Facing Challenges in the Museum Field initiative. Your advisor will be Steveh Blashfield, VAM Treasurer, and lead facilitator for this project. Learn more about this project.
  • A VAM Board member would mentor each fellow throughout project
  • Attendance at Virginia Museum Advocacy Day to present progress and assist
  • Attendance at VAM conference to present progress
  • Project would be on the VAM website as a member resource


October 15: Application deadline
November: Attend board meeting at 10:30AM EST to meet and introduce project; select mentor
Attend Virginia Museum Advocacy Day to share and conduct ongoing research for project
March 5-8: Present research in progress at session or poster session at VAM conference
May: Completed projects due, posted on website



2020 Fellow's Research

Sally Meyer

Read her final report!

2019 Fellows' Final Research

Rebecca Guest

Read her project blog

Read her final report:

   1. Final Survey Results

   2. Summary Report

Kimberly Robinson

Read her project blog

Read her final project

Thank you to Langley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring our 2019 Fellowship Program

2018 Fellows Final Research

How Can Museums Stay Relevant to Teachers? Review Christina Vida's final research project now.
Neurodiversity in Museums  Review Jackie Spainhour's video now.