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Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars propose 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.

Cantor Scholars propose 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.

If chosen as a Cantor Scholar, you will have the opportunity to spend one, two, or three quarters developing your project. The length of the award is determined by the scope of the project. To support your work, the Cantor provides:

  • $1,250 per quarter
  • $1,500 budget for related travel
  • 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.

To apply, please submit the following: a one-page proposal detailing your project; a resume or CV; and a recommendation from a Stanford professor. 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.). Please also include a proposed timeline for the development and completion of your project. Your project must be related to art at the Cantor; projects involving both or either art currently on display in the galleries or art currently in storage are welcome. To begin exploring the museum’s collection, please check out our collections page.

Materials should be submitted as a single Word document or PDF via email to cantor_education@stanford.edu.

If you are considering applying, we urge you to meet with Cantor staff in advance. To make an appointment, please contact us via e-mail at cantor_education@stanford.edu.

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due by May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

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


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