Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship 2022-2023

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship for the academic year of 2022-2023.

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with National Archives scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Archives and Records Administration.  The award was established to support archival science education, conservation, and research.

Interested candidates should apply online at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2022 (once you have started your application, make sure to select Fulbright-National Archives from the Award drop-down menu on the Country Information page). Additional information about the program can be found here: https://cies.org/fulbrightnationalarchives.

Applications are due by October 15, 2021, and NARA will host the first recipient during the 2022-23 academic year.

Award Activity

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

The Fellow will work with a team of heritage science experts and get hands-on laboratory experience. Scientists work collaboratively with a variety of units within the archives and with other Washington, D.C.-area universities and government agency partners 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 paper and 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.


 The National Archives Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab is located just outside of Washington, D.C. in College Park, Maryland. The Lab will provide the Fellow with needed office and bench space and access to common wet lab supplies, PPE, and equipment, including a desktop computer. The lab also has several analytical instruments available including an XRF, FT-IR, and GC/MS. The lab houses several temperature and humidity controlled ovens and a microfadometer often used for material aging experiments.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of U.S. government and historical records. While NARA’s flagship locations are in the Washington, D.C. area, the agency represents a network of 40+ locations across the nation, including presidential libraries.


 Eligible candidates will be researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields. A Master’s degree is required, but PhD or equivalent professional experience is preferred. Advanced Doctoral researchers completing dissertation projects related to heritage science are eligible to apply.


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 J-1 visa sponsorship, J-1 visa compliant health benefits, and round trip international travel to the United States.  The Fulbrighter will also receive a modest stipend to cover living expenses, settling in, and professional development allowances, and if applicable, a modest dependent allowance.  J visa compliant health insurance and travel costs for accompanying dependents are the responsibility of the participant.  Additionally, recipients of this award will be invited to participate 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

 Minimum of 5 months, maximum of 12 months

Beginning September 2022

Application Deadline

October 15, 2021


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

Important Notes: 

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

For additional information, please, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, at belarusprogram@state.gov or at +375 17 210-12-83 (ext. 5612).