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Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship

Sponsored by Langley Federal Credit Union

Our 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

Our 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.

Looking to be a Fellow?

Are you a mid-career museum professional looking to have a bigger 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 of each fellowship will be a written report that will become a resource for your fellow museum professionals.

Who’s Eligible:

This program is geared toward mid-career professionals, with between 6 and 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
    (Project would be based on fellow’s interest, but general themes would be future trends in museums/challenges museums are facing and how to address them.) In 2020, we will be asking the chosen fellow to focus their independent project on issues relating to the current pandemic, and the way museums are adapting.
  • A VAM Board member would mentor each fellow throughout project
  • Attendance at occasional board meetings throughout the fellowship year to share progress
  • Attendance at 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


The fellowship program will be held in 2020, but we will only be selecting one fellow.  Applications open in October.

October: Chosen fellow matched with board mentor
November: Attend board meeting to meet and introduce project


Attend Advocacy Day to share and conduct ongoing research for project
March: Present research in progress at session or poster session at VAM conference
May: Completed projects due, posted on website

Award Amount

$1,000 per fellow