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Home Grown Curatorial Fellowship Now Accepting Applications

The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) and The DuSable Museum of African American History are pleased to offer the Home Grown Curatorial Fellowship thanks to a joint grant by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation through their Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative.

Home Grown is a curatorial fellowship program, which will provide an opportunity to learn, engage, and be mentored by curatorial and museum professionals who are leaders in first voice organizations. Additionally, fellows will have the chance to participate in discourse, gain hands-on experience, and gain professional development in the museum administration field.

In parallel with this work, NMMA and DuSable will work to build a pipeline of high school students to experience arts administration through workshops designed to expose high school seniors to museum related professions. Fellows will serve as ambassadors and students will learn from and engage with fellows and NMMA and DuSable staff as a way to expose students to a museum career track.

Fellowships are paid, 12 months in length, and start in June 2019 through May 2020. All fellowships must take place and a capstone project completed within this 12-month period. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to the institution of their interest by Sunday, February 24. Fellowship decisions will be announced on Monday, April 1.

Fellowship Eligibility

All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for a Home Grown Fellowship, in addition to NMMA and DuSable institutional requirements.

  1. Be currently enrolled in the last year of graduate school and/or hold a recent (earned in the last 2-3 years) graduate degree in library science (MLS, MLIS, MIS, MS), art history or museum studies from an ALA accredited school
  2. Successful candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  3. Have a demonstrated interest in museum and exhibition administration and/or archives administration and management, museum studies, art history, anthropology, Latin American and/or African American studies, or archaeology
  4. Located within a 400 mile radius of Chicago, IL

Click here to read more about the opportunity, eligibility, and application process. The Home Grown application can be found here.

This is the second of third year of the fellowship, which is generously funded by a joint grant by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation through their Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative.

If you have additional questions, please email Stephen Hill, Sr. Associate Director, Office of Fellowships at

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