Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards

2020 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to offer a call for applicants for the 2020 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Anacostia Community Museum Library will host this award for 2020. The purpose of the award is to provide an educator with travel funding that will enable him/her to use Smithsonian Libraries collections to develop educational materials (materials may include lesson plans, study modules, educational games, educational websites, etc.). Application deadline is January 10, 2020.

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Library consists of approximately 10,500 items focusing primarily on African American History and Culture (a legacy collection based on its former scope). The museum was founded in 1967 by John Kinard. The first location was in the Carver Theater. The library joined the museum in 1991 in its new location in Fort Stanton, at the top of Morris Road.

The strengths of the Anacostia Community Museum Library’s current holdings are in the fields that support the museum’s curatorial department: community museology, urban ecology, environmental justice, and urban waterways. Current collections are regional in scope, with emphasis on the Washington DC metropolitan area, to include Wards 7 & 8. Anacostia Community Museum Library’s collection also includes subject areas beyond the current collecting scope like natural history, science and technology, and juvenile literature, making it particularly well suited for an educator in a STEAM field.

The 2020 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educator awardee will have many opportunities to explore, utilize, create, and share a project that contributes to continued learning and application of the history of neighborhoods and communities in education.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Architecture

  • Children’s literature

  • Community Museology

  • Environmental Justice

  • Foodways

  • Geography of Washington DC

  • Gentrification

  • Issues facing individuals experiencing homelessness

  • Neighborhood change

  • Patterns of city dwellings

  • Technology as it relates to city growth

  • Traffic in cities

  • Types of neighborhoods

  • Urban Art

  • Urban Design

  • Urban Waterways

  • Workers in cities

In addition to library resources, the awardee will have the opportunity to engage with staff, and researchers at the Anacostia Community Museum Library as well as Smithsonian educators; attend Anacostia Community Museum sponsored lectures, symposia, programs and events to enhance the resident experience.

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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