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Jan 2018

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative announced a $1 million gift from Bank of America at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gift, presented to Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and Board of Regents Chair David Rubenstein by Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan, is the largest corporate donation to the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, and establishes Bank of America as the program’s lead corporate sponsor. 

Read the press release here.

New opportunity! 

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2018, the Public Fellows program will place up to 25 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $67,500, and health insurance. 

The application deadline is March 14, 2018 (9pm EDT). For more information, please visit  

For a detailed description of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative's ACLS public fellowship, please click here.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies and is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

Selected News Coverage of Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative Projects