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.

Program Overview

  • Research and development of an exhibition of works from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, including production of interpretive labels, educational materials and exhibition catalogue
  • Seminars in museum and curatorial theory and practice led by museum professionals
  • Hands-on workshops in collections management and registration, education, conservation and art handling, and exhibition practices
  • Field trips to area museums, including Washington, D.C. 

What is Covered and Additional Benefits

  • Travel to and from Charlottesville, Virginia, accommodation, and food allowance during the program
  • A stipend of $3000
  • GRE course and graduate school preparation
  • Presentation of student work at Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) July 28-30, 2017

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 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; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by the Department of Health & Human Services.

How to Apply

The deadline for Summer to apply is February 1, 2017. The application for the program is available through the Leadership Alliance website.

Be sure to read the application instructions thoroughly before beginning the application. Note, you will be asked to select your top 3 research sites on the application. Make sure you select University of Virginia as one of your preferences. Our Summer Program Coordinator at UVA will carefully consider your experiences and interests in deciding whether to match you with our program. You will have the chance to express you interest in curatorial research or museum work in your Statement of Purpose. 


For questions about the application process or for more information, please contact:

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