Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars provides Stanford undergraduates with a meaningful, in-depth experience working directly with art at the museum through original research and scholarship or creative work. The program is designed to allow students the opportunity to work with and learn from objects as a way to further their knowledge and provides new ways of thinking about the arts in their academic and professional life.


Students chosen as Cantor Scholars will have the opportunity to work over two consecutive quarters (fall/winter or winter/spring). The program offers:

  • Financial support of $2500
  • $1500 travel budget to support research

  • Mentorship from a member of the Cantor's staff

Cantor Scholars is available only to junior and senior undergraduate students. All majors are eligible to apply, though priority will be given to majors/minors in Art History or Art Practice. This is a distinguished award given to a limited number of students each academic year.


To apply, students submit a proposal detailing the area of his or her 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 in response to the collection


Cantor staff is available to help shape these projects. Please contact Kim Mansfield with any questions or if you'd like to speak to someone about crafting your proposal.


Scholars are expected to work 8-10 hours per week each quarter of their award. 2-3 hours of that time must be spent on site at the Cantor. All Cantor Scholars work with a Cantor staff mentor.


Applications for winter/spring 2017 are due Sunday, November 13 at 11:59pm. Download application here.