John & Dominique de Menil Fellowship

The John & Dominique de Menil Fellowship offers one undergraduate or graduate art history student the opportunity to work as an intern for one academic year at The Menil Collection under the guidance of the museum's internationally respected curatorial departments.

All graduate students and undergraduate students (excluding graduating seniors) of any major are welcome to apply.

Undergraduate students successfully awarded with the Menil Fellowship will be required to enroll in three credits of HART 301 in both the fall and spring semesters during their museum internship. Graduate fellows will be required to enroll in three credits of HART 501 in the fall and spring semesters.

Below is a list of projects and areas the Menil will be focusing on for the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants should specify one or two of the areas in their applications of their interest.

Permanent Collection Research:

Work with Menil curators to study works in any area of the Menil's permanent collection in preparation for display in the museum's galleries. Areas of focus for the upcoming fellowship include: 20th and 21st century art, Surrealism, the drawing collection at the Menil Drawing Institute, and works from West Africa and the Pacific Islands.


Exhibition Projects: 

Work with Menil curators to support ongoing research and development of exhibition projects on the artists Ruth Asawa, Chryssa, Hanne Darboven, Walter De Maria, Joe Overstreet, Robert Rauschenberg, as well as work from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Mali.


To apply: submit 1) A brief (1-2 page) statement expressing the applicant’s willingness to undertake the internship and how the Fellowship would enhance the applicant’s other studies at Rice, and career goals in the arts, 2) a CV, and 3) an unofficial transcript. 

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2021 applications are now closed.