Graduate Student Opportunities

Barring Freedom, San José Museum of Art, co-curated by Alex Moore, IAS fellow
Barring Freedom, San José Museum of Art, co-curated by Alex Moore, IAS fellow

The IAS provides graduate students with opportunities to pursue a range of projects relevant to museum careers. Limited numbers of curatorial fellowships, arts administrative fellowships, and arts education fellowships are offered to graduate students. 

Curatorial Fellows

Curatorial Fellowship positions for graduate students with the IAS are offered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on funding. Curatoral fellowships are classified as a Graduate Student Research position. A  Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) is a full-time registered UCSC graduate student, usually in a doctoral program, appointed to assist in performing research under the direction of a ladder-rank faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator. GSRs qualify for a stipend and full fee and tuition remission if they are appointed for at least 25%, in all GSR appointments combined, over the three months of the quarter. Full fee and tuition remission includes the payment of fees, health insurance for all eligible students, and nonresident tuition if applicable. 

Curatorial Fellowships with the IAS allow graduate students to work with IAS curatorial staff to conduct exhibitions research; develop curatorial writing projects, and/ or assist in planning and curating exhibitions. Curatorial Fellowships vary in length and duration.

Arts Administration Fellows

Arts Administrative Fellowship positions for graduate students with the IAS are offered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on funding. Arts Administrative Fellowships are classified as a Graduate Student Research position. A Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) is a full-time registered UCSC graduate student, usually in a doctoral program, appointed to assist in performing research under the direction of a ladder-rank faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator. GSRs qualify for a stipend and full fee and tuition remission if they are appointed for at least 25%, in all GSR appointments combined, over the three months of the quarter. Full fee and tuition remission includes the payment of fees, health insurance for all eligible students, and nonresident tuition if applicable. 

Arts Administrative Fellowship is suited to graduate students interested in exploring a career in arts management. Fellows receive hands-on experience and intensive training in areas such as arts management, strategic planning, fundraising, finance, grant writing, artistic planning, and marketing.

Arts Educaton Fellows

Arts Education Fellowships are chosen by an application process and/ or by nominations by faculty in the Arts. These one-time fellowships offer a stipend and do not include tuition and fee remissions. ​

Arts Education Fellowships assist with developing curriculum and educational materials for IAS exhibitions and programming. Education Fellows gain in-depth fieldwork experience by designing, facilitating, and teaching programs, utlizing object-based learning and the critical frameworks of museum education. They also conduct qualitative research to learn about museum education theory and practice. 

Announcements about current IAS Fellowships are circulated to graduate students and faculty in the Arts Division.