Fulbright National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina is pleased to launch a new category of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. The 2023 Fulbright National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship is now open for applications through October 15, 2022

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with National Archives scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Archives and Records Administration.  The award was established to support archival science education, conservation, and research.

Apply online for the 2022 Fulbright National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship through October 15th, 2022.

The selected Fellow will work in the Heritage Science Research and Testing Laboratory of the National Archives, a state of the art facility focused on scientific research to assist in the conservation, preservation, and ongoing public accessibility of cultural and historic artifacts, records, and documents.

Heritage science is an interdisciplinary field spanning the humanities and sciences. It focuses on enhancing the care, use, and management of cultural and historic objects using the tools and technology of math, science and engineering disciplines.

The Fellow will work with a team of heritage science experts and get hands-on laboratory experience. Scientists work collaboratively with a variety of units within the archives and with other Washington, D.C.-area universities and government agency partners on a diverse range of projects that leverage their expertise in analytical chemistry, physics, computational modeling and materials science. The National Archives collection includes materials ranging from paper and parchment to photographs, modern film, magnetic audio/visual tapes and digital files. Increasing knowledge about the collections and how to reduce the risks of damage and loss are the inspiration for research projects.

For more information, please visit the award website.


Eligible candidates will be researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields. A Master’s degree is required, but PhD or equivalent professional experience is preferred. Advanced Doctoral researchers completing dissertation projects related to heritage science are eligible to apply.


o    Heritage/Conservation Science

o    Preventative Preservation

o    Chemistry

o    Physics

o    Materials Science and Engineering

o    Microbiology

o    Statistics

Areas of Interest

o    Cultural heritage preservation and conservation

o    Applications of technology to complex issues in heritage preservation and risk management

o    Data analysis and visualization

Grant Benefits

The selected participant will receive J-1 visa sponsorship, J-1 visa compliant health benefits, and round trip international travel to the United States.  The Fulbrighter will also receive a modest stipend to cover living expenses, settling in, and professional development allowances, and if applicable, a modest dependent allowance.  J visa compliant health insurance and travel costs for accompanying dependents are the responsibility of the participant.  Additionally, recipients of this award will be invited to participate Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Activities as well as Fulbright’s Outreach Lecturing Fund.  Fellows will join a diverse, active, worldwide network of alumni who carry the impact of their transformational Fulbright experience far beyond the period of their exchange programs.

Award Length and Dates
  • Minimum of 5 months, maximum of 12 months
  • Beginning September 2022
Application Process:

Interested candidates should apply online here (once you have started your application, make sure to select Fulbright-National Archives from the Award drop-down menu on the Country Information page). Applications are due by October 15, 2022, and NARA will host the first recipient during the 2023-24 academic year.

Additional information about the program can be found here.

For further questions contact the U.S. Embassy in BiH’s Academic Exchange Coordinator, via email: bhexc@state.gov