MOHAI seeks Curators Fellowship Program Applications


MOHAI’s Curator’s Fellowship invites community and academic historians to bring a new perspective to MOHAI’s extensive collections. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31!

SEATTLE – MOHAI is proud to announce the museum’s new Curator’s Fellowship program, inviting community and academic historians to bring a new perspective to MOHAI’s extensive collections. The program prioritizes research that includes stories of historically marginalized or excluded communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

The Curator’s Fellow conducts research over six months, including up to 20 hours of research in the MOHAI collections. The Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 and present their work as part of MOHAI’s annual lecture series in the Fall where curators and special guests will share new perspectives on MOHAI’s artifacts, exhibits, and stories.

Potential research topics include:

  • Centering Native perspectives in artifacts or photographs that appropriate Native art.
  • Finding untold stories from the Al Smith Collection, specifically those not featured in MOHAI’s 2017 exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith.
  • Revealing the history of the development of Seattle neighborhoods, particularly those south of the ship canal.

These are provided as examples and to inspire proposals that we have not yet imagined. Draw from this list or propose a topic not listed here. Please visit our website for more examples: and to apply!

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.

By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of the Puget Sound region’s diverse history, MOHAI highlights our tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future.

Details about The Curator’s Fellowship can be found online at or by emailing at


MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information about MOHAI, please visit, or call (206) 324-1126. Facebook: @seattlehistory Instagram: #MOHAI Twitter: @MOHAI.