Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards

We are not currently accepting applications for this program. Learn about the experiences of past participants on our blog. 

The purpose of the award is to provide an educator with travel funding that will enable him/her to use Smithsonian Libraries and Archives collections to develop educational materials (materials may include lesson plans, study modules, educational games, educational websites, etc.). 

Applicants must be current middle school, high school, or college teachers or museum educators working on curriculum development or publications. They may not reside within commuting distance of the Anacostia Community Museum Library in Washington DC, where they will conduct their research. This award is not intended to further the research of doctoral candidates or post-doctoral scholars. One award is offered each year. Awards may not be used to extend other Smithsonian appointments. 

How to apply:
Selection is based upon a complete application.

The application should include:
•    Description of the educational project and intended outcome (no more than three pages)
•    The relationship of the project to the Anacostia Community Museum Library collections
•    A current resume
•    One letter of recommendation 
•    The length and preferred dates of the residency

Applications should be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) at You will be required to create an account. You may review the SOLAA User’s Guide on the website to familiarize yourself with application procedures. When applying, please chose "Smithsonian Institution Libraries" as the unit and "Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award" as the program.

Stipends are $750 a week.  Appointments may be 4-12 weeks in length. The Libraries does not provide housing directly, however applicants may consult the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships Housing Guide for suggestions.

Following the summer residency with the Smithsonian Libraries, the awardee will provide a presentation of their research, and submit a short report on their project. Should any publication result from this residency, the awardee will also provide the Anacostia Community Museum Library a copy to be added to the collection.

For questions about the program, contact Erin Rushing. 

The Katherine Neville-Karl Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards were established in 2013 through the generosity of best-selling novelist Katherine Neville and neuroscientist Karl H. Pribram.

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