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Mellon Curatorial Fellowship

Over the last decade, the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship (MUCF) program has sought to diversify curatorial cohorts in American art museums, supporting the work that foregrounds the growth of strong and diverse curatorial ranks into robust and distinct art museum leadership. Following the current class of 2021-22 fellows, the MUCF will pause in order to conduct a thorough evaluation and assessment of program goals and strategies. During this process, the Foundation will analyze the program’s achievements, identify opportunities for improvement, and strengthen best practices for revitalized programming that is equal to the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We anticipate that the program will resume in late 2023 or early 2024, ready to continue the critical work that creates a coherent web of opportunities that lead from undergraduate through graduate work to curatorial positions in our nation’s cultural institutions.

FAQs

How do I apply to the MUCF program?
Currently we are not accepting applications to MUCF. When the program resumes, following evaluation and assessment, application guidelines will be posted here.

Why is the MUCF program pausing?
The MUCF will briefly pause in order to conduct a thorough evaluation. After 9 years, it is important for the Mellon Foundation and its partner museums to assess the program’s strengths, assets, and opportunities for improvement to ensure that it is making the greatest possible overall impact.

When will the program resume?
We anticipate that the program will resume in late 2023 or early 2024.

Is the MUCF program paused at all partner museums?
Yes, the program as a whole has been paused in order to conduct a thorough evaluation that involves all partners.

How can I be notified when the program resumes?
Please sign up for email updates by sending an email to mvalentine@nelson-atkins.org or by checking this webpage in fall of 2023.

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