Contract Position at the National Museum of American History

Seeking applications for a year-long contract position in the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution).

Beginning in February 2023, the contractor will conduct historical and collections-based research in the museum’s collection of approximately 1,200 objects related to the history of women’s health. This research will entail the identification of major themes within the collection as well as the identification of significant gaps, if any, in the collection. In conducting this research, the contractor will work closely with curators in the Division of Medicine and Science and external partners to develop a structure for an online object group (exhibit) which explores the history of women’s health care through material culture. This position can be done remotely.

To learn more about our collections, you can go here: Collections | National Museum of American History ( And to see a sample object group (exhibit), you can go here: The Antibody Initiative | National Museum of American History (

Applicants for this position must be registered in the federal government’s System Award Management (SAM) site ( | Home). Please Note: It takes 6 weeks for an application to be processed in SAM. If you intend to apply for this contract position and you are not currently registered in SAM, we strongly urge you to register now. Assistance in registering in SAM can be found here: | Help

Here>> ( , you’ll find the “Quick Tips” documents that gives an overview of what you must submit to apply for a contract. The deadline for all applications is December 1, 2022, at 5:00PM EST; applications should be sent to this email address

To learn more about the application process for a contract position in the federal government, we have provided a webinar recording which discusses not only how you should apply for a contract position and complete an application/RFQ (Request for a Quote) but also how the government reviews these applications. You can access the recording here.

We recommend watching the whole 90-minute webinar because it explains many aspects of applying for a federal position. However, you can also go to 1:18 in the webinar to learn about the contract process.

If you have any questions or concerns about this Request for a Quote (RFQ), please contact Alexandra Lord directly via this email address (

Posted: October 11, 2022
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