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 11-August 17, 2018, 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 the Fort’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 for more information. Descriptions for individual fellowships are posted below.


Applications are due January 15, 2018. Finalists for each fellowship will be interviewed in person or via Skype by the selection panel during late January and early February 2018.

The deadline for 2018 applications has passed.

2018 Graduate Fellows

Erin Benz hails from Wyomissing, PA and has worked in the museum field for several years, from local historical societies to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Washington College in American Studies and Art History in 2016. Currently working on her Master's Degree in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University, Erin is looking forward to beginning her fellowship at Fort Ticonderoga

Julie Garner is a first year PhD student at Auburn University, studying both Modern American and Public History. Originally from New Jersey, she did her undergraduate at Clemson University and now considers the South home!

Joseph Humnicky was born and raised in Rochester, New York, and attended SUNY University at Buffalo for both undergraduate and graduate programs where he earned a bachelor degree in history and English, a master's degree in history, and developed a thesis on colonial commodity cultures and international law in transatlantic trade.  He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I works under the guidance of Gregory Urwin to develop an analysis of environmental history and food studies in the civil-military relations of the Revolutionary War.

Sami Wright is a spring 2018 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she studied history, art history, and museum studies. She grew up visiting Ticonderoga with her parents, who moved back to Ti just last fall. 


From Past Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows

I know I echo the sentiments of my colleagues when I say that I could not have asked for a better experience this summer. It is rare to find an institution as remarkably driven and exceptionally innovative as Fort Ticonderoga. In my time here, I have been encouraged to challenge myself and allowed the freedom to make projects my own while also receiving the guidance and support necessary to succeed. The knowledge I have gained in research methods, collections care, and exhibit design has enriched my professional development and skill set beyond measure. Perhaps more than anything else, though, I've spent the last 10 weeks in awe of my colleagues. The passion, dedication, knowledge, and creativity of the staff at Fort Ticonderoga is truly inspiring. I consider it an honor to have been part of such a dynamic team, and for the opportunity to contribute to the ground-breaking work undertaken here. Thank you!

Theresa Ball, University of Washington

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 on future interviews.  I am excited to see the organization continue to grow and flourish. 

Elizabeth Beaudoin, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Download a flyer about the 2018 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships.

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 2018 are made possible with support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and other generous individual donors.


Past Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows at Fort Ticonderoga.