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National Archives Signs MOU with Fulbright for Archival Science Fellowship
Press Release · Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Washington, DC

The National Archives, the State Department, and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have formalized a new partnership to establish the first-ever Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship.

On January 19, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, then-Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, and Chair of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Paul Winfree, signed a memorandum of understanding to support archival science education, conservation, and research. Heritage science is an interdisciplinary field that includes conservation, preservation, cultural heritage, archaeological science, and heritage management. The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship will connect visiting Fulbright scholars with National Archives leaders to conduct cutting-edge research in the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Preservation Lab to translate theory into practice. Fellowship details, including eligibility and application details, will be announced soon.

“We are pleased to partner with the State Department and the Fulbright Program, and to welcome our first-ever Fulbright Heritage Science scholar to the National Archives,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “As the lead U.S. government agency in archival science, research, preservation, and conservation, this initiative is a great way for the National Archives to continue to advance and support collaborative research and academic engagement, and to help shape future leaders from around the world in these fields.”

The National Archives is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. Public access to government records strengthens democracy by allowing Americans to claim their rights of citizenship, hold their government accountable, and understand their history so they can participate more effectively in their government. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, Presidential Libraries and online

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations and advance U.S. foreign policy goals. The Bureau accomplishes this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries. ECA administers the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program, and one of the most widely recognized and prestigious exchange programs in the world. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Educational Exchange Program. Established by Congress in 1946, it is now the largest education exchange program of its kind in history.  

The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, appointed by the President of the United States, is a 12-member board established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program. Representing diverse facets of American society, Board members select students, scholars, teachers, and others from the United States and abroad to participate in Fulbright exchanges, set policies, and guide the strategic vision of the Fulbright Program. For more information, visit eca.state.gov, contact ECA-Press@state.gov, or National Archives Public Affairs at public.affairs@nara.gov. 

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