Summer Curatorial Program

The Summer Curatorial Research Project is an eight-week intensive program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in humanities and/or social sciences who have an interest in museum studies including art education, conservation, collections management. The program is hosted by the University of Virginia museums: the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and The Fralin Museum of Art.

Organized in partnership with the University Office of Diversity Programs and Leadership Alliance with support from the Mellon Foundation, the Summer Curatorial Research Project aims to enhance opportunities for underrepresented students who are considering pursuing graduate studies and/or museum careers.

Dates for the 2019 Summer Curatorial program will be announced in the Fall. 

Program Overview

  • Research and development of an exhibition
  • Seminars in curatorial theory and practice led by museum professionals
  • Hands-on workshops in art handling and collections management, museum education, conservation, and exhibition development
  • Field trips to area museums, including an overnignt trip to Washington, D.C.
  • GRE course and graduate school preparation
  • Final presentation of student work at Leadership Alliance National Symposium at the end of July


What is Covered and Additional Benefits

  • Travel to and from Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Accommodation & a stipend of $3600 to cover living expenses during the program
  • Travel to the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in Connecticut

Program Eligibility

Participants in the program must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better and be US citizens or have permanent resident status at the time of application. Applicants must be rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in research careers in the humanities and social sciences including: students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, and individuals with disabilities.

NOTE: UVA students are ineligible for this program. Please visit the Internships page for opportunities exclusively for UVA undergraduates.

How to Apply

Details for the 2019 Summer Curatoral Program will be released Fall 2018.


Amanda Wagstaff

Indigenous Arts Program Coordinator

McIntire Department of Art

University of Virginia

Office: (434) 924-6123


Keisha John, Ph.D. 

Director of Diversity Programs

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

University of Virginia

Office:  (434) 243-5482   

Program Brochure