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Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars pursue research or creative projects inspired by art at the Cantor. Cantor Scholars receive mentorship from experts and professionals at the museum as they develop their own, original contribution to the arts at Stanford.

Stanford undergraduate students are invited to become Cantor Scholars. Students from outside the arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

If chosen as a Cantor Scholar, you will have the opportunity to spend two quarters developing your project. To support your work, the Cantor provides:

  • A $1,250 stipend per quarter ($2,500 total)
  • $1,500 budget for related travel over the course of your project (travel subject to Stanford University regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Access to resources in the museum
  • Mentorship from a member of the Cantor's staff

To qualify you must be a current undergraduate Stanford student in any major and commit 8-10 hours per week to work on your project.

Projects will take place over Fall and Winter quarters OR over Winter and Spring quarters; you will be asked to indicate your preferred two quarters on the application. The Cantor will support up to four (4) Cantor Scholars over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year.

To apply, submit the following when applications open during spring quarter:

  • One-page proposal detailing your project
  • Resume or CV
  • Brief recommendation letter from a Stanford faculty or staff member

The proposal should provide an overview of the scope and anticipated outcome of your project, such as, though not limited to, an exhibition plan, a research paper, or a new creative work (painting, drawing, poetry, etc.). Your project must be related to art at the Cantor. Projects may include either or both of the following: art currently on display in the galleries; art currently in storage. Please indicate in your proposal which Cantor objects (identified by title; artist name, if known; and accession number) you are interested in. To begin exploring the museum’s collection, please check out the Cantor's collection.

If you are considering applying, we urge you to meet with Cantor staff in advance. To make an appointment, please contact

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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