Contract Researcher – EAP Photo Exhibition


Scope of Work 

Meridian International Center seeks an independent consultant “Consultant” to provide the services outlined below. The period of performance for this contract is May 14, 2018, through July 31, 2018. 

The ideal candidate will be a graduate student or recent graduate with a degree in Museum Studies, Political History, East Asian Studies, or related field. S/he will be an adept researcher; past experience and familiarity with archival/photo collections a plus. Must be highly organized with attention to detail, and be able to work independently while taking direction from others.  


With direction and support of the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy (MCCD) staff: 

  • Conduct research regarding U.S. engagement in the East Asia and Pacific regions and with ASEAN 
  • Maintain and update historical timelines 
  • Search for and organize photos, prints, drawings, etc. for consideration to be included in the exhibition  
  • Make site visits to the National Archives in College Park, MD, the Library of Congress, and other local institutions to conduct research and search for images 
  • Assist with obtaining high-resolution image files and licensing/permission for use 
  • Assist with image caption research 

The Consultant will make site visits to archival institutions in the DC area, and will also work remotely or at Meridian. The terms of the contract will require Consultant to be onsite at the Meridian office one day a week to provide in-person status updates and receive directional guidance.  

Project Timeline 

May – Image search, site visits, and EAP research 

June – Final images selected and shared with the co- curator and with the State Department on June 15; images finalized and approved June 29 

July – Assisting MCCD staff with obtaining high-resolution image files and licensing/permission for use and image caption research 


  • Completed timeline of U.S.-EAP/ASEAN relations 
    • Due date: May 18 
  • Online repository of collected images, organized by exhibition theme 
    • Must be well-organized and include detailed information, when possible, that includes image source, date, location, and creator 
    • Due date: June 1 
  • High-resolution image files and any necessary associated paperwork, including license/permission for use 
    • Due date: July 31 


Consultant will be compensated a total of $3000.00 on the following schedule: 

The Researcher will be paid in two equal installments with the signing of a contract.  

$1,500 due upon final image selection – June 30  

$1,500 due upon completion of contract deliverables – July 31 

Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail to
Please include a cover letter and resume, attached as a PDF.
Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted.