ACMS Textile Conservation Directed Fellowship


The ACMS Textile Conservation Directed Fellowship – Fall, 2020

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), with funding support from the US State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, seeks applicants for two short-term directed fellowships in Textile Conservation to take place in Mongolia between August and December, 2020. The fellows will work with ACMS on a joint US-Mongolia textile conservation project sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar’s U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant titled, “Conserving and Preserving Mongolia’s Endangered Textile Traditions and Collections.”

The program will provide $4,000 to support the selected fellow’s participation in the project, which will primarily take place at the National Museum of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. The fellows will have the opportunity for in-depth examination and treatment of fabrics and textiles, costumes, and accessories representing Eurasian steppe cultures roughly spanning 2,000 years. Fabrics and textiles deriving from animal sources (silk, fur, wool, skin) feature prominently in combination with various other mediums. Most work will take place at the National Museum of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar.
The fellows will work under the direction of a lead textile conservator, and in collaboration with a Mongolian fellow and cultural heritage/museum professionals with varying language proficiency.
The fellows will conduct research and take part in piloting and implementing a nationwide program aimed at advancing the professional development of textile conservation competencies in:

  • Conservation examination and documentation methodologies,
  • Improvement of atypical storage environments,
  • Exhibition mounting and display,
  • Archaeological textile salvage and stabilization,
  • Treatments including humidification, removal of previous repairs, cleaning, drying of wet/damp material, consolidation and stabilization of losses and tears, and compensation for loss, and
  • Experimentation with digital technologies to support the textile conservation process.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a graduate degree in conservation from a recognized program, or have equivalent work experience, at least one year of practical experience beyond graduation, and experience with a variety of analytical instruments and digital technology.

Application materials are being accepted on a rolling basis, with applicants applying no later than June 1, 2021.

Application Package Instructions

All applications to the ACMS Directed Fellowship Program must include the following items:

  1. The applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes information such as the applicant’s current position or academic program, previous academic studies, honors and awards, work, study and travel abroad, participation in academic research projects, publications or conference presentations, additional relevant work or volunteer experience.
  2. Personal Statement of up to 1,000 words that explains the applicant’s interest in the program and his/her relevant background and experience.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required from academic advisers, professional colleagues or personal referees of the applicant’s choosing. The letters should offer information on the quality of the applicant’s work and how the applicant’s skill set will impact the preservation of Mongolia’s textile collections. The letters should also offer an assessment of the ability of the applicant to organize and conduct an independent project. All letters should be signed, scanned and emailed to: apply@mongoliacenter.orgSigned letters of reference may also be mailed to the ACMS Office in the US, but this is not mandatory.

Application materials are being accepted on a rolling basis, with applicants applying no later than June 1, 2021.

Candidates may be asked to validate academic credentials, submit samples of examination and treatment reports later in the application process. Questions about the program should be directed to

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