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The Block Museum’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Applications Due April 15

The Block Museum’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship offers opportunities for Northwestern University doctoral students who are interested in exploring museum professions. There are many exciting opportunities in museums for PhDs, and museums benefit from working with professionals with diverse degrees, including history, performance studies, indigenous studies, African American Studies, and other fields. The fellowship is geared toward students whose work engage with visual culture, history, museum practice, and the questions of shaping and exhibiting knowledge. Graduate fellows will gain practical and professional experience by contributing to museum initiatives. Projects may include work on exhibitions, engagement, collections, community relations, publications, and/or programs.

The Block actively seeks an opportunity to match a graduate student’s interests and fields of study to specific upcoming projects. The Graduate Fellow will bring a diverse and global perspective and the ability and desire to work beyond her/his area of specialization to support the museum’s inclusive artistic program. The Program shares the Block’s collaborative ethos and commitment to diverse perspectives.

The Block Fellow will have an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to an ongoing or upcoming project, and is invited to participate fully in the museum’s activities, including departmental and staff meetings and programs organized by the Block when possible. The Museum is committed to ensuring that the work of Graduate Fellows contributes to their professional development and career advancement.

Qualifications and Terms

Applicants should be Northwestern University graduate students in their third, fourth or fifth year (and not in the Department of Art History). The duration of the fellowship is one year, September 2019 - August 2020 (summer is optional). Block Fellows are expected to work approximately 10–12 hours per week, except during holidays. The Fellowship includes tuition waiver and a Graduate School stipend.


Please email the following materials in a single PDF file to Corinne Granof, Curator of Academic Programs by Monday, April 15:

  1. A cover letter that describes your interest in the Fellowship, relevant experience, areas of research, and career goals
  2. A current CV (two pages max)


Categories: Fellowships