Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars sparks meaningful, in-depth experiences with the museum's collection. Through a research project and the benefit of staff mentorship, you'll be exposed to new ways of thinking about the arts, enriching both your academic and professional life.


If you're chosen as a Cantor Scholar, you'll have the opportunity to work one, two, or three quarters. The length of the award is determined by the scope of the project, and you're paid $1250 per quarter. The program also offers:

  • $1500 travel budget to support research

  • Mentorship from a member of the Cantor's staff

To qualify for Cantor Scholars, you must:

  • Be a junior or senior Stanford student (co-terms also eligible) of any major
  • Have taken at least one Art History course


You're expected to work 8-10 hours per week each quarter of your award, and 2-3 hours of that time must be spent on site at the Cantor.


To apply, submit a one-page proposal detailing the area of your 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 (painting, drawing, poetry, etc.) in response to the collection
  • A  public performance


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.


Applications for academic year 2018-19 will be due in May. Please check back at end of Winter Quarter 2018 for deadline and application information.


*Please note: only one exhibition per academic year will receive the award.