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Block Museum Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

The Block Museum’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship offers opportunities for a Northwestern University doctoral student who is interested in exploring museum careers. There are exciting opportunities in museums for PhDs, and museums benefit from working with professionals with diverse degrees—history, performance studies, indigenous studies, African American Studies, and many other fields.

The fellowship is geared toward students whose work engages with visual culture, history, museum practice, and questions of shaping and exhibiting knowledge. In 2020–21 the Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow will participate in organizing an exhibition of works by Rosalie Favell, a photo-based artist who draws inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, from the ongoing series Facing the Camera.

Additional projects may include work on other exhibitions, engagement programming, and collections. The Block actively seeks an opportunity to match a graduate student’s interests and fields of study to this project. The Graduate Fellow will bring a diverse and global perspective, as well as the ability and desire to work beyond their area of specialization to support The Block’s inclusive artistic program, its collaborative ethos, and commitment to diverse perspectives.

The Block Fellow 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 (not in the Department of Art History). During the Fellowship, students must be in their third - fifth years. The duration of the fellowship is one academic year, beginning in September 2020 and ending in August 2021. Block Fellows are expected to work approximately 10–12 hours per week, except during holidays and breaks. The Fellowship includes a tuition waiver and a TGS stipend for nine to twelve months.  (Summer may be optional.) Students can bank up to four quarters of funding. We make every effort to work with students to be flexible and accommodate other responsibilities/opportunities the students may have, such as exams, travel research, conference travel, etc.


Please send the following materials in a single PDF file to Corinne Granof by Wednesday, 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.)

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