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Mellon Summer Study Grants

Mellon Summer Study Grants will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and promised contribution to the development of successful dissertations. All enrolled students pursuing a Ph.D. in one of the participating departments are eligible to apply for Summer Study Grants.  Recipients must dedicate two full, uninterrupted months to work on their project. 

A call for applications will be distributed to all current students in the fall.  The application consists of a 25-word abstract and a 250-word description of the project outlining how a Mellon Summer Study Grant will help you make progress toward your degree.  

Mellon Summer Graduate Intern

The Zimmerli Art Museum offers two Summer Internships each year through the summer of 2016 to art history graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. Funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these Mellon internships pay a competitive hourly stipend for eight weeks of full-time work (35 hours per week). The interns are supervised by Dr. Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. Responsibilities of the Mellon Summer Interns focus on research and collections care and may include:

·         assisting with a survey of the American painting and sculpture collection

·         cataloguing, condition checking, and researching works of art

·         providing curatorial assistance with exhibition development and organization

·         assisting in the planning and implementation of programs ranging from symposia, guest lecturers, and film screenings, as well as developing printed matter related to these programs

·         assisting with data entry on The Museum System (TMS)

The Zimmerli Art Museum (link to museum website) is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. The museum is headquartered in a 70,000-square-foot facility and has a collection of 60,000 objects, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet unofficial art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.

Application and Selection Process: Eligible students must be enrolled in the Graduate Program of the Department of Art History at Rutgers. Qualified students should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to the Director of the Graduate Program of the department of Art History by April 1, who forwards candidates to the museum for interviews. For additional information please contact Donna Gustafson at dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or visit the museum’s website at www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.

Departmental Summer Research Grants

There is an annual competition for funds to support students who take advantage of special study opportunities away from campus or who wish to conduct predissertation explorations of research sites or to do other kinds of preliminary dissertation-related work.

Special Study awards are intended to assist students who wish to take advantage of educational opportunities away from campus. These include such things as specialized workshops, summer courses in advanced methods, courses in which exotic languages are taught, or other forms of specialized training entailing fees and/or travel expenses.

Predissertation awards are intended for students at the beginning of their doctoral research who would materially benefit from an opportunity to explore research sites, arrange for access to archives or collections, or otherwise conduct pilot or sample studies. The program is particularly targeted at students whose preliminary work will contribute to their subsequent ability to write successful proposals for external fellowships or research grants to fund the primary research or the writing of the dissertation.

These grants are generously supported by the Mary Bartlet Cowdrey Fund and the Mitnick-Jacobs Fund.  A call for applications will go out early in the spring and are due by March 1. 

The Mitnick-Jacobs fund will be used to support students with a topic in American Art.  This fund was established by alumna Barbara Mitnick and in memory of her father Syndey Leon Jacobs. 

The Cowdrey fund is open to all students.  Who was Mary Bartlett Cowdry?

Zimmerli Graduate Curatorial Assistant

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University offers one Graduate Assistantship in the office of the Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator to students in the Department of Art History at Rutgers. The one-year assistantship of 15 hours a week provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as a stipend for living expenses. The Graduate Assistantship may be renewed for an additional year.

The assistant’s work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Dr. Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. Activities vary from year to year, depending on the exhibitions and programs planned at the museum, and may include:

·         contributing to the planning and implementation of Mellon Programs including symposia, guest lectures, and film screenings with an interdisciplinary focus

·         identifying and researching interdisciplinary topics for university collaborative programming

·         providing curatorial assistance, from the conception to the installation of exhibitions

·         assigned and, as appropriate, independent research on exhibitions and publications

·         assisting with management, care, and research of the collection

·         providing museum tours for faculty and students

The goal of the Graduate Assistantship is to create opportunities for students to contribute to the programmatic and curatorial work of the university art museum. Typically, the Graduate Assistant participates in the long and short range goals of the office for Academic Programs to integrate the museum into the life of the university. As a result of their work within the museum, students gain a broad range of professional experience that advances their careers, whether as museum curators or academics.

The Zimmerli Art Museum (link to museum website) is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. The museum is headquartered in a 70,000-square-foot facility on Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus, and maintains a collection of 60,000 objects, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features work in all media, with particularly rich holdings in nineteenth-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet unofficial art from the Dodge Collection; and American art, with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, art inspired by Japan, original illustrations for children’s books, and rare books help to fulfill the museum’s research and teaching goals at Rutgers.

Application and Selection Process:  Eligible students must be enrolled in the Graduate Program of the Department of Art History at Rutgers. Qualified students should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by April 1 to the Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Art History, who forwards candidates to the museum for interviews. For additional information, please contact Dr. Donna Gustafson at dgustafson@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or visit the museum’s website at www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.

Work-study

Student loans and Federal work-study programs are administered by the University. Part-time positions in the department offices, the Visual Resources Collection, the Art Library, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and as a curatorial assistant to the Women Artists’ Series at Douglass College are available to students who qualify for the Federal Work-Study program. For the location of the offices for the various financial aid programs, please consult http://studentaid.rutgers.edu/

Student loans and Federal work-study programs are administered by the University. Consult the Graduate School Catalog for the location of the offices for the various financial aid programs.

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