Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory

Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory offers the Gloria S. King Fellowship in Archaeology for projects using MAC lab collections. The MAC Lab is an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, the State Museum of Archaeology, in southern Maryland. The MAC Lab serves as a clearinghouse for archaeological collections recovered from land-based and underwater projects conducted by State and Federal agencies and other researchers throughout Maryland and is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators and the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research in the collections.

Eligibility Requirements

Students, academics, or professionals (employees of the Maryland  Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible); any subject in Maryland archaeology; must use collections at the MAC Lab; must be in residence full time in the MAC Lab; must provide a presentation of research to museum staff members at the end of the fellowship. 

Application process

A 1000 word proposal (no more than 4 typed pages, double-spaced) outlining the problem and the collections in the MAC Lab to be used, plus a CV and a letter of recommendation.

Stipend

Stipend of $700 a week, with a minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay. Stipend to be paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length will be paid in two installments: 50% at the midway point of the fellowship and 50% upon completion. On-site housing may be available for fellows, dependent on scheduling of fellowship.

Applications

Applications are due March 1st of each year for a fellowship in that calendar year.  Projects awarded a fellowship can begin as early as April 1.

Please email application materials in digital pdf format and direct any questions to Patricia Samford at patricia.samford@maryland.gov or mail to:

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

For the list of recipients, visit Gloria S. King Fellowship Recipients.

 

Gloria S. King Biographical Sketch

Gloria Shafer was born on January 6, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent summers as a child on her family's farm near Chestertown, Maryland and attended Washington College. In 1955, she and her husband, George M. King, started a small excavating construction business in Anne Arundel County. She had a lifelong interest in Maryland history and archaeology and contributed funds and services to individuals and organizations supporting this interest. Mrs. King passed away on May 31, 2004 and this fellowship in her memory recognizes her many contributions to the preservation of the past.