Due date: March 15, 2024, for priority consideration
Thank you for your interest in applying for the New Netherland Institute Graduate Fellowship for the “Documenting Untold Stories 1664-1827: Albany County NY Archives Survey” Project

The New Netherland Institute (NNI) seeks a scholar doing graduate work in History, African American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Germanic Literature, or archives management (and allied fields) to identify, research, and provide historical context for documents that pertain to enslaved or free Blacks and/or Indigenous peoples in Anglo-Dutch households and communities in the Albany region.

With the support of an Archives Collaborations Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives, The Documenting Untold Stories 1664-1827 Project is creating an inventory of documents in Albany County, New York historical societies and other repositories that pertain to enslaved, free Black, and Indigenous people in Albany County.  In a project led by professional archivist/museum staff from the Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) and the NNI, and with collaborative support from the New York State Library staff, the Graduate Fellow will conduct assist ACHA museum staff in creating a fuller inventory of texts related to these subjects in English, Dutch or other languages (as applicable) as well as select historical documents for digitization.  The outcome of this project is a digital exhibit related to Albany County history, with a special focus on African Americans and Native Americans in the Albany region. 
The project includes opportunities for the Fellow to participate in special workshops and lectures, some virtual and some in-person in Albany NY. The Fellow will should be prepared to travel to and within Albany County in the summer of 2024 (specific dates will be agreed upon between the Fellow, the ACHA, and NNI).

The Graduate Fellow will work under the supervision of the director of the New Netherland Institute, Dr. Deborah Hamer, who will assist with early modern paleography (in Dutch and in English) as needed.  The Graduate Fellow will assist professional museum staff from the Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) in the project and have opportunities to learn archival and research methodologies.
  • The position will run from April 2024-December 2024.
  • About 300 hours of work at a rate of $21.13/hour for a total NTE $6,339.
  • At least 20 days (about half of the fellowship time) during June-August will be spent in Albany County NY; dates to be mutually determined. Applicant must provide own transportation for work to and in Albany County NY.
  • Digitization work will be conducted by ACHA museum staff using the ACHA's digitization equipment.  The Graduate Fellow will receive training to assist.
  • A daily per diem rate of $189/day is available for lodging, mileage, and meals for the 20 days of work in Albany County NY for a total of $3,780. 
  • A valid driver's license and vehicle to drive in Albany County NY is required. 
  • The remainder of the work may be done remotely, or ACHA museum office space in Albany NY (provided).  Fellows will be expected to share progress through regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Total fellowship compensation: $10,000.
Please fill out application below. 
  • Section 1: Contact information and cover letter (1 page)
  • Section 2: Contact Information for three professional references
  • Section 3: Upload CV and 10-20 page writing sample (PDF format only) as separate files.
Questions? Feel free to contact nni@newnetherlandinsitute.org or call (518) 992-3274.  
Use of the online application preferred, but if you are not able to access the form below, please email the answers to all questions below, contact information for three professional references (name, email, phone, title/affiliation), and attach a CV (PFD format only) and 10-20 page writing sample (PDF format only), with the subject line "NNI Graduate Fellow: Documenting Untold Stories" to nni@newnetherlandinsitute.org. 


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