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Fellowships and Assistantships

Teaching fellowships and assistantships are available on a selective basis each semester. Only those graduate students who have completed 18 hours toward their degree can be considered for Teaching Fellowships. Fellows are assigned to teach classes at the fundamental and intermediate levels. Assistantships are non-teaching positions for which all graduate students are eligible.

Menil Fellowship in Curatorial Diversity

Available to advanced graduate students in the Department of Art History, the Fellowship in Curatorial Diversity provides students with the opportunity to work with curators at the Menil Collection on museum projects and public programming. During their academic year appointment, fellows gain professional experience working in a museum, assisting in the development of exhibitions, conducting art historical and provenance research on the permanent collection, and giving public tours and talks to visitors. Area and field of art historical research are open, and candidates from historically underrepresented groups in museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates for the fellowship must apply through the UH Department of Art History. 

MFAH Fellowship in Object-Based Learning

Available to graduate students in the Department of Art History, the OBL Fellow will be embedded in a curatorial department at the MFAH and the Department of Learning and Interpretation. The Fellow will work closely with a curatorial mentor and with mentors in Learning and Interpretation to shape and model a set of learning tools that formulate the basis of object-based learning at the university level. The fellow will experience working directly with original art objects, spend time in the conservation labs, hone object-based research techniques, and practice object-based writing for multiple interpretive modes (in-gallery labels, web and app texts, catalog entries). Area and field of art historical research are open. Candidates for the fellowship must apply through the UH Department of Art History.