Call For Applications! Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Research Fellowship

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The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) seeks its third Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Research Fellow to investigate the intersection of EDI and arts management programs. The Fellow will work under the supervision of a Mentor, Fleurette Fernando, Director of the MA Program in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. The Fellow will be responsible for collecting data and helping create teaching resources for AAAE members on EDI issues, for example, constructing an annotated EDI-related bibliography for recommended readings and collecting best teaching practices to address EDI issues in arts administration. The Fellowship will begin immediately following the selection of a Fellow in October 2020 and will conclude at the end of the AAAE annual conference to be held in late May/early June in New York City (or virtually depending on COVID-19 impact). 

The Research Fellow should expect the time commitment to be an average of 5 hours per week. AAAE will provide the following compensation:

  • A $2,000 stipend

  • One-year AAAE Membership

  • Registration fee for the 2020 AAAE conference 

Candidates should meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Be enrolled in an arts administration graduate program (Master’s or PhD) or related fields or a recent (within 1 year) graduate of said program at the time of application 

  • Have strong interests in EDI issues in arts administration

  • Have strong research skills and/or potential to pursue and complete a rigorous project

AAAE encourages applications from people of diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The Fellow may be based anywhere geographically. Fellow and Mentor will work together remotely, in an agreed upon schedule and format (e.g., video chat or email).

If this flexible and collaborative opportunity interests you, please send the following materials to Fleurette Fernando ( no later than October 2, 2020:

  1. Cover letter, including: 

    • Your motivations and interests in EDI issues associated with arts administration

    • Examples of related work experience, coursework, or other demonstration of potential to complete a rigorous project

    • Any other research background or related experience 

    • The commitment to attend the 2021 conference (location in NYC or virtual - TBD)

  2. Resume

  3. Letter of support from a faculty member demonstrating the candidate’s research skills and including specific examples of the candidate’s past related work

AAAE is an international membership organization serving higher education arts administration programs. With more than 250 members worldwide, the organization fosters connection and professional development among arts administration instructors, and creates and pursues opportunities for scholarship and academic growth. For more information, visit the website: