Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award

The 2020 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award is No Longer Accepting Applications. Please consider applying for 2021.

Deadline for applications was: January 4, 2020

Find more information and apply on the Smithsonian Libraries’ website.

This unique award was designed by Katherine Neville and Dr. Karl Pribram to support a mid-career educator in the development of teaching materials. The award provides travel funding to visit that year’s hosting Smithsonian Library. The award also includes a weekly stipend and access to additional opportunities within the host library.

Additional Details:

One award is granted per year.
Stipends are $750 a week.
Appointments may be 4-12 weeks in length (typically scheduled over the summer holiday).

This year, the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educator awardee will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore, create, and share a project related to design.
  • Engage with staff and researchers at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library and Smithsonian educators.
  • Attend Smithsonian-sponsored lectures, symposia, programs and events to enhance the resident experience.

Applicants must be teachers or educators working on curriculum development or educational publications. They may not reside within commuting distance of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library, where they will conduct their research. One award is offered each year with a stipend of $750 a week. Applications close January 4th, 2019.

For additional information and application instructions, visit: library.si.edu/Neville-Pribram

Host Library for 2019: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 

Photos: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The host library for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Award is the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located in New York City.  The spectacular research library is located adjacent to the museum, on 90th Street in Manhattan.

Inspired by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the museum is more than one hundred years old and is the only museum in the U.S. devoted to historical and contemporary design.

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Research Library is a branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and encompasses over 80,000 volumes dedicated to design and the decorative arts from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Volumes cover American and European design and decorative arts with concentrations in architecture, graphic design, interior design, ornamental patterns, furniture, wallcoverings, textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics, and jewelry. The library’s special collections include early editions on design process; sample books and works on materials; and resources on material culture.

Special Strengths:
· Rare book collection containing more than 8,000 volumes
· World’s Fair collection containing over 1,000 items (books, journals, guides, ephemera)
· Pop-up and movable books collection with more than 1,700 titles
· M. Therese Bonney collection of 4,300 black and white photographs of architecture and design in Paris, 1925-39
· Kubler Collection with more than 60,000 engravings documenting event and life in the 19th and early 20th century.

(Read more from the Cooper Hewitt Research Library website)

“Garden Scene with Dancers” Martin Engelbrecht paper construction (ca 1740) [credit: Cooper Hewitt Design Museum]

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system.

From the Smithsonian Libraries: 

The application should include:
•    Description of the educational project and intended outcome (no more than three pages)
•    The relationship of the project to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library collections
•    A current resume
•    One letter of recommendation
•    The length and preferred dates of the residency

Applications should be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) at https://solaa.si.edu. You will be required to create an account. You may review the SOLAA User’s Guide on the website to familiarize yourself with application procedures. When applying, please chose “Smithsonian Institution Libraries” as the unit and “Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award” as the program.

Additional information may be found on the Smithsonian Libraries’ website.