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Graduate Fellows

The Block Museum currently offers two graduate research fellowships each year: an Art History Graduate Fellowship, selected from applicants studying within the Northwestern University Department of Art History and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, studying anywhere within Northwestern.

About the Fellowship Program

The Block Museum’s Fellowship program offers opportunities for Northwestern University doctoral students from various academic programs and disciplines who are interested in exploring museum professions. There are many exciting opportunities in museums for PhDs, and museums benefit from working with professionals with diverse degrees, including history, performance studies, indigenous studies, African American Studies, and other fields. The fellowship provides hands-on experience within the context of a dynamic university museum and is geared toward students whose work engages with visual culture, history, museum practice, and the questions of shaping and exhibiting knowledge.

The Graduate Fellows bring diverse and global perspectives and the ability and desire to work beyond the student’s area of specialization to support the museum’s inclusive artistic program. The Program shares the Block’s collaborative ethos and commitment to diverse perspectives.

The nine-month positions begin with the academic year in September and end in August. Applications for the fellowships are generally due in winter or spring of the previous academic year. The Fellowship includes a stipend and tuition waiver equal to a teaching assistantship.

For general information, please contact Corinne Granof at c-granof@northwestern.edu

Block Museum 2020-2021 Fellowships

For the Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, applicants should be Northwestern University graduate students in their third, fourth or fifth year in any department outside of Art History. 

For the Art History Graduate Fellowship applicants should be Northwestern University graduate students in Art History, ideally in their third through fifth year.

Application deadlines will be in Spring 2020. Please check back then for more information.

INTERDISCIPLINARY FELLOWSHIP - Learn More

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Past Fellows

The Block Museum’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Table
Year Fellow Name Position
2018-19 Evelyn Kreutzer Assisted with Pop América, 1965–1975, Curated cinema program Migrating Berlin
2018-19 Sarah Estrela Assisted with  Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, education resource website and related undergrad class.
2017-18 Beth Derderian Curator of Break a Rule: Ed Paschke's Art and Teaching
2017-18 Tamar Kharatishvili Assisted with research of Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time.  Assisted with Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded
2016-17 Talia Shabtay Curator of Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground
2015-16 C.C. McKee Curator of Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis
2014-15 Antawan Byrd Contributed to Kader Attia
2013-14 Jake Leveton Curator of Ecological Looking: Sustainability & the End(s) of the Earth
2012-13 John Murphy Curator of Blacklisted: William Gropper's Capriccios and The Left Front: Radical Art in the "Red Decade," 1929-1940
2011-12 Ashley (Miller) Dunn Contributed to Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925
2010-11 Jason Roberts Contributed to Block Cinema & the Film Criticism Conference, 2011
2010-11 Bettina Hessler Contributed to research on Lovis Corinth prints, William Hogarth prints, and works from the Bernard Friedman gift.
2009-10 Austin Parks Contributed to research on the Pritchard Collection
2008-09 Elizabeth Benjamin  Curator of Selections from the Collection
2007-08 Edna Togba Contributed to Design in the Age of Darwin: From William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright
2006-07 Margaret O’Neill Contributed to Nonsense and Experimentation: Dada Film Shorts
2005-06 James Glisson Contributed to The Anatomy of Gender: Arts of the Body in Early Modern Europe, Comic Art: The Paris Salon in Caricature, and Philipon’s La Caricature and the Street
2004-05 Alison Fisher Contributed to Marion Mahony Griffin: Drawing the Form of Nature
2003-04 Justine DeYoung Contributed to Honoré Daumier: Public and Private Domains and American Expressionism: Art and Social Change, 1920s–1950s
2002-03 Carman Niekrasz Produced booklet on artist Max Beckmann
2001-02 Meghan Wilson Contributed to The Last Expression: Art and Auschwitz
2000-01 Nina Rowe Contributed to Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age
1999-2000 David Areford Contributed to Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age
1998-99 Stephanie Smith Contributed to research on Works Progress Administration prints and the Henry Simon collection
1997-98/2000-01 Nina Rowe Contributed to Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age
1996-97 Dabney Hailey Contributed to William Hogarth and 18th-Century Print Culture
1995-96 Jane Friedman
1993-94 Jodi Lox Contributed to general collections and exhibitions
1992-93 Elizabeth Seaton     Contributed to Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Depression–Era Prints from the Collection of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art