Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships

Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships

Fort Ticonderoga offers four graduate fellowships for students seeking a practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. Positions available June 10-August 16, 2019, include research fellowships in Exhibitions, Education, and Collections.

Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, art history, decorative arts, museum education, public history, history, American studies, or military history. Fellows will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

While working individually with their project supervisors, fellows will also meet and work together throughout the two-month experience. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with Fort Ticonderoga's professional staff as part of our team-approach to all major projects. Professional development opportunities during the fellowships will include visits from outside scholars and field trips. In general, project-specific work will encompass about 50% of the fellow’s time. The remaining half will be taken up with day-to-day tasks in their department, providing a wide-ranging experience working at a historic site and museum.

Each graduate fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend plus housing on-site.

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in applying for an Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship should contact Rich Strum, Director of Academic Programs, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org

 Fellowship descriptions:

The application deadline for the 2019 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships has passed. Applications for 2020 Fellowships will be posted in November 2019.

2019 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows
This year’s class of Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows includes:

Alexander H. Ellis is a graduate student completing an accelerated M.A. in history at the University of Vermont, with the intention of pursuing a curatorial career in the future. Previously, Alex has worked as an intern at the Fleming Museum in Burlington, Vermont, and Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

Emily Grenier is pursuing a master's in American History and a Museum Studies certificate at the University of Delaware. A South Jersey native, she received dual Bachelor's degrees in History and Philosophy from Rowan University. Her academic interests are largely centered on Colonial North America and the French Atlantic World.

Kaitlin Mcgrath is a graduate student in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas, and earned her bachelor's degree in Public History from Western Michigan University. She has a strong interest in working with historic collections. 

Casey Oehler is in her final year of the M.A. Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects course at Durham University in England. She is originally from Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and earned her undergraduate degree at Bates College. At Bates, Casey majored in History, minored in Anthropology, and completed a general education concentration in North Atlantic Studies.

From Past Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows

This fellowship has been truly exceptional. Everything from the collection to the site, to every single person working at Fort Ticonderoga, made my time here forever memorable. Cataloging the map collection has broadened my experience with museum collections and made me a better museum professional. Working with the collections team was also tremendous as they had a lot to teach me but were also respectful of me and my work. Both the team and the work I completed this summer really made me feel that I made a difference here.  
Erin Benz, Seton Hall University

The Edward W. Pell Fellowship was a career-building experience that went beyond my expectations. The positive, driven culture at Fort Ticonderoga is inspiring and contagious. The Edward W. Pell Fellowship provided me with a project that I could own from start-to-finish, while also furnishing the guiding support needed for an emerging museum professional. My experience here has left me with a new confidence in my abilities and a set of skills that will certainly aid me in the future. In addition, working with the range of Pavilion objects has improved my knowledge of nineteenth-century furnishings and decorative objects. I now have a fantastic project on my resume that I can be proud to talk about during future interviews. I am excited to see the organization continue to grow and flourish.
Elizabeth Beaudoin, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fort Ticonderoga is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution open to the public since 1909. The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga in 2019 are made possible with support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and other generous individual donors. Funding for the Museum Education Fellowship came from a 2019 grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

Past Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows at Fort Ticonderoga.