Who is eligible to apply?

  1. Undergraduates currently enrolled at a university, college, or community college
  2. Undergraduates who, if selected as a fellow, can commit to two years in the program with graduation planned for May 2018 or a later date (typically a current freshman or sophomore student)
  3. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the curatorial field or those who support the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums
  4. Individuals who are eligible to work in the United States

What other qualifications are preferred?

  1. Demonstrated interest in art, art history, or the museum field.
  2. Enrollment at a university, college, or community college located near a partner museum: the Art Institute of Chicago; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH); and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (NAMA)
  3. Openness to the idea of pursuing a masters or doctorate degree in the arts or museum field

Summer Academy

What is the Summer Academy?

The Summer Academy is a one-week intensive program consisting of workshops, tours, field trips, and networking events with museum professionals. They will be offered in the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016 at each partnering museum. Summer Academies are designed to provide a rich experience in the museum environment and expose participants to career options related to art and art history.

How long is the Summer Academy?

Summer Academy participants must spend one week at their host museum.

When is the Summer Academy?

At the Art Institute of Chicago, the Summer Academy is scheduled for June 20–26, 2016. Summer Academy dates may vary at partner museums.

Is there financial support to participate in the Summer Academy?

Yes. Summer Academy participants will receive a daily per diem. If students do not live in the location of the Summer Academy host museum, a modest travel and housing stipend may be provided.

How many students will be selected for each Summer Academy?

Fifteen (15) students will be selected for each Summer Academy at each museum.

When will students be notified if they have been selected to participate in a Summer Academy?

Students will be notified in April, two months prior to the June Summer Academy.

Should students attend a college close to one of the partner museums?

Yes, this is preferred. Fellows selected from the Summer Academies for the Fellowship Program will be paired with a mentor at the host museum with whom they will work on projects and with whom they will meet regularly during the academic year and summer.

The Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program

What is the Fellowship Program?

The Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program is a multiyear program providing fellows with hands-on experience inside a museum setting, working with curators and staff on exhibitions, collections, and programs.

How long is the Fellowship Program?

Fellows can expect to spend two years at their host museum. During the academic year, fellows must meet with their mentors and with a local program coordinator on a regular basis. In the summer, fellows will have 10-week intensive summer internships. Fellows will also participate in a yearly national convening at one of the partner museums rotating annually and will engage their fellow participants across the country in an online community platform.

Is there financial support to participate in the fellowship program?

Yes. Once selected as a fellow, students will receive $4,000 during the academic school year to alleviate financial pressures that might otherwise require a student to pursue part-time work or work-study arrangements. In addition, fellows will receive $6,000 during the summer internships. A housing and travel stipend may also be provided to fellows during the summer internships.

How are fellows selected?

Students must first participate in a Summer Academy held at one of the partnering museums. After completing the Summer Academy, participants interested in becoming fellows will submit supplemental materials and have in-person interviews for consideration for the Fellowship Program.

Do I apply to the Summer Academy and to the Fellowship Program separately?

No. Students must first apply and participate in the Summer Academy in order to be considered for the Fellowship Program.

If I applied to a 2015 Summer Academy and was not selected to participate, can I reapply to a 2016 Summer Academy?

Yes, you may apply to the program if you still meet all the eligibility requirements.

If I applied to a 2015 Summer Academy and participated but was not selected to be a fellow, can I apply to a 2016 Summer Academy?

No. Students who participate in a Summer Academy may not reapply to the program but may be considered for different opportunities at the partnering museums in the future.