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Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars is on hiatus for the 2018-19 academic year. Please check back in spring 2019 for application information for the 2019-20 academic year.

Cantor Scholars are junior and senior Stanford students who participate in meaningful, in-depth experiences with the museum's collection. Through a research project and the benefit of staff mentorship, you'll be exposed to new ways of thinking about the arts, enriching both your academic and professional life.

What's Included

If you're chosen as a Cantor Scholar, you'll have the opportunity to work one, two, or three quarters. The length of the award is determined by the scope of the project, and you're paid $1,250 per quarter. The program also offers:

  • $1,500 travel budget to support research
  • Mentorship from a member of the Cantor's staff


To qualify for Cantor Scholars, you must:

  • Be a junior or senior Stanford student (co-terms also eligible) of any major
  • Have taken at least one Art History course

If accepted you will be expected to work 8 to 10 hours per week each quarter of your award, and 2 to 3 hours of that time must be spent on-site at the Cantor.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a one-page proposal detailing the area of your research, which must be related to the Cantor or its collections. In addition, the proposal should include the potential culmination of the research project, which may include:

  • An exhibition from the Cantor’s collection*
  • A research paper
  • A new creative work (painting, drawing, poetry, etc.) in response to the collection
  • A public performance

Cantor staff are available to help shape these projects. Please contact Corazon Collen, with any questions or if you would like to speak to someone about crafting your proposal.

*Please note: only one exhibition per academic year will receive the award.

Applications for academic year 2019-20 will be due in May 2019. Please check back at the beginning of spring quarter 2019 for deadline and application information.

We gratefully acknowledge support from The Ducommun Family Fund for the Cantor Arts Center.


To learn more about exciting and rewarding opportunities for students at the Cantor, please contact us.


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