January 20, 2017


Email: Fellowships
Phone: 866-226-2150


Make a contribution to support 2017 AAM Annual Meeting Fellowships.

Alliance Fellowship Program

The AAM Annual Meeting Fellowship is a professional growth opportunity that provides financial support for students and museum professionals at any stage of their career to attend the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. The program is designed to nurture greater inclusivity—for the benefit of museums, museum professionals, and the diverse audiences they serve—by supporting the professional development of individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups.

The Fellowship Award includes:

  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Complimentary tickets to selected networking events
  • $750 cash award to subsidize expenses
Applications for the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting are due on Friday, January 20, 2017.


2017 AAM Annual Meeting Fellowships applications are encouraged from individuals (members or non-members) who identify as underrepresented or otherwise marginalized, including but not limited to:

  • persons of color
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)
  • persons with a physical, cognitive, or developmental disability

Preference may be given to applicants who:

  • are current AAM members
  • have not received an AAM Annual Meeting Fellowship in the past

Requirements of Fellowship Recipients

  • Fellowship recipients are required to attend the entire Annual Meeting (May 7-10), Alliance Fellowship Breakfast and ticketed Professional Network events accompanying the award. 

  • Fellows are encouraged to stay in the hotel housing block for St. Louis. Housing information is available under Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo Housing. You may also find a roommate on Museum Junction to split hotel costs.

Fellows are also strongly encouraged to participate in the following educational and networking activities, depending on their experience and interests:

  • New Member Orientation Session (Saturday, May 6)
  • First-Time Attendees Welcome Session (Saturday, May 6)
  • General Session (Monday, May 8)
  • Marketplace of Ideas (Monday, May 8)
  • Emerging Innovators Forum (Tuesday, May 9)

After the conference, Fellows are asked to submit a brief report on their Annual Meeting experience, commenting on notable sessions, activities, or networking events they attended; colleagues who enriched their experience; and reflections on their stated goals for the Annual Meeting.

How to Apply

To apply, log in and complete the online application.(Note: You do not need to be an AAM member to have an online profile.)  You will need to upload a single PDF document with the following:

  • The theme for the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting is “Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums.” Please prepare a single essay (no longer than 500 words) addressing: 

    • How your participation will stimulate a rich conversation around this theme
    • How your participation at the conference will contribute to your professional growth 
    • How you plan to apply knowledge from the conference in your work or academic studies

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (2 page limit)
  • Letter of recommendation by a supervisor, employer, or faculty advisor articulating how your attendance at the Annual Meeting will benefit you, your institution (or course of study), and the broader museum field. Only one letter is required.

Fellowship Notification

AAM will notify applicants via email of their status by February 24, 2017

Fellows Confirmation and Conference Registration

By March 10, 2017, Fellowship awardees must:
  • Confirm acceptance of the Fellowship by emailing Fellowships
  • Submit a signed IRS W-9 form (for U.S. Citizens) or W-8 (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Once AAM receives confirmation and signed IRS forms, AAM will:
  • Issue a special code with instructions to Fellowship recipients on how to register for complimentary Annual Meeting registration and purchase additional event tickets not included or conflicting with other Fellowship events
  • Issue travel stipends to Fellowship recipients. Please note: travel stipends will take approximately four weeks to issue to recipients
  • Please note: Fellowship awards are non-transferable.


  • Contact Membership by email or phone toll-free (866) 226-2150 if you need assistance with your login
  • Contact Registration with Annual Meeting registration–related questions
  • Contact Fellowships with Fellowship-related questions