Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with National Archives scientists and experts in the United States by conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Laboratory in College Park, Maryland. This award supports archival science education, conservation, and research.

Award Activity

The selected Fellow will work in the Heritage Science Research and Testing Laboratory of the National Archives, a facility focused on research to assist in the conservation, preservation, and ongoing public accessibility of cultural and historic artifacts, records, and documents.

Heritage science focuses on enhancing the care, use, and management of cultural and historic objects using the tools and technology of math, science and engineering.

The Fellow will work with a team of experts and get hands-on laboratory experience. Scientists work with representatives of the archives, universities and government agencies on a diverse range of projects that leverage their expertise in analytical chemistry, physics, computational modeling and materials science. The National Archives collection includes materials ranging from parchment to photographs, modern film, magnetic audio/visual tapes and digital files. Increasing knowledge about the collections and how to reduce the risks of damage and loss are the inspiration for research projects.

Scientists are also active in professional organizations and regularly present and publish work that benefits the heritage science community. The Fellow will be encouraged to participate by presenting their progress, collaborating on publications, and building peer networks. Strong applicants will be emerging or established experts in scientific and technical fields relevant to heritage conservation, with projects that align with the work and goals of the National Archives Heritage Science Laboratory. Current project interests include sustainable environmental (temperature and humidity) management, developing early mold detection systems, and polymer characterization and aging. Past experience with heritage science or archival research is preferred, but not required. High quality projects will contribute to international collaborations in heritage science, and build relationships with U.S. experts and institutions.

Award Details


The National Archives Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab is located near Washington, D.C. in College Park, Maryland. The Lab will provide the Fellow with needed office and bench space and access to supplies and equipment, including a desktop computer.


Eligible candidates will be researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields. A Master’s degree, PhD or equivalent professional experience (at least 15 years in the relevant field) is required. Advanced Doctoral researchers completing dissertation projects related to heritage science are eligible to apply. Candidates must be fully proficient in English.


Heritage/Conservation Science
Preventative Preservation
Materials Science and Engineering

Areas of Interest

Cultural heritage preservation and conservation
Applications of technology to complex issues in heritage preservation and risk management
Data analysis and visualization

Grant Benefits

The selected participant will receive the following benefits:

  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • health insurance for the duration of the program
  • round trip international travel to the United States
  • a modest stipend to cover living expenses, settling in, and professional development allowances,
  • (if applicable) a modest dependent allowance; please note that health insurance and travel costs for accompanying dependents are the responsibility of the participant.

Additionally, participant scholars will be invited to participate in Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Activities as well as Fulbright’s Outreach Lecturing Fund. Fellows will join a diverse, active, worldwide network of alumni who carry the impact of their transformational Fulbright experience far beyond the period of their exchange programs.

Award Length and Dates

Five to twelve months beginning in September 2022

Application Deadline

October 15, 2021


Apply Online: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2022

Important Note:

Once you have started your application, make sure to select Fulbright-National Archives from the Award drop-down menu on the Country Information page.