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Opportunities by UC;A Fowler Museum

Fowler Staff Positions

The Fowler Museum at UCLA seeks a NAGPRA Program and Archaeological Collections Manager .Under the direction of the Curator of Native American Cultures at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Manager  will facilitate the daily implementation of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and CalNAGPRA, following the UC Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation.

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Volunteering at the Fowler

Volunteers play an important role in supporting the visitor experience at the Fowler during public events. Current opportunities include visitor assistance at exhibition openings and public events. Help us to create an inclusive and engaging environment for guests by staffing check-in tables and assisting with event flow and logistics. Please complete the Volunteering Request Form if you are interested in joining us!

Opportunities for Students

Fowler Museum Store Sales associate

The Fowler Museum Store is looking for work-study students to fill store sales associate positions. While previous sales experience is not required, it is preferred. A friendly and outgoing personality and an eagerness to learn is a must. The sales associate position entails daily contact with museum and store visitors, along with museum and campus staff. Responsible for helping customers with merchandise, processing sales and refunds, replenishing floor stock when needed, inventory control, restocking store supplies, helping lobby staff when necessary, explaining museum benefits to potential new members, and providing exceptional customer service. Flexible schedules, weekends are a must, as are new exhibit openings. Must be able to work over the summer quarter.

This position requires basic computer skills, basic 10-key. Attention to detail is a must. Work-study students only.

To apply: send resume to

Fowler Museum Gallery Attendant
Part-time position, Work-Study preferred, but not required
Compensation: $16.80/hr

Under the supervision of the Museum security supervisors, perform the duties of gallery attendant by ensuring the safety of all artworks while on display in the Museum’s galleries. Ensure that Museum and its occupants are adequately protected against harm or loss while on duty. Conduct a thorough visual check of each artwork to check for any discrepancies and/or damage. Report all unusual findings immediately. Maintain a running count of daily gallery visitors and current gallery occupation. Assist with various museum events (receptions, parties, lectures, performances, etc.) including set-up and strike. Escort museum guests in secured locations. Comply with and enforce all Museum policies and procedures as instructed. Other related tasks as assigned.

How to apply: Email resume and a brief cover letter to Manuel Baltodano, Head of Security, at

Those with Federal Work Study, please apply through MyUCLA, linked in the Work Study section below.

Public Programs Assistant

The Fowler Museum’s Education Department has a Federal Work-Study position for an undergraduate student to serve as a part-time Public Programs Assistant (8-12 hours a week). Reporting to the Curator of Public Programs (CPP), the Public Programs Assistant will assist in the coordination and implementation of public programs at the Fowler Museum. Programs range from exhibition opening celebrations, lectures, film screenings, book talks, music performances, etc.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Support Curator of Public Programs in all aspects of public programming, including on-campus outreach, design and distribution of flyers across campus and to departments, on-site set-up and breakdown, etc.
  • Act as Fowler student ambassador connecting the museum with the UCLA student organizations and university community
  • Be present at the museum to support late night Wednesday programs and Fowler Out Loud concerts, from 4–8:30pm when performances are scheduled
  • Assist CPP with coordination of Fowler Out Loud:
    • Fowler Out Loud is an evening concert series that invites UCLA students from various disciplines to perform at the Fowler
    • Network with university community to contact and schedule FOL performers, held on Wednesday nights from 6-8 pm beginning (not always 2 full hours)
    • Minimal set up (Sound system can support 4 mics and a cd-player, 2 light stands can be used in winter, no stage, usually held in amphitheater or courtyard of museum)
    • Outreach through Fowler newsletter, flyers to departments, word of mouth, socials
    • Act as liaison to performers, security, and museum staff
  • Other programmatic activities as assigned

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
Ideal candidates should have experience working in event or music production, marketing, graphic design, or all of the above, and must be extremely organized, detail-oriented, a multi-tasker, and demonstrate initiative and the ability to work independently. Applicants must be enrolled full-time for the UCLA 2023-24 academic year. Students with a background in the performing arts and involvement in the arts/performance scene on campus are preferred; position averages 8-12 hours per week; availability to work Wednesday evenings from (4-8 pm) and some weekends for select programs is a must.

How to Apply: Email the following materials to Hannah M. Yoo, Curator of Public Programs at

  • Letter of interest that includes experience, interest, and commitment to making yourself available from 4-8pm on Wednesdays
  • Current résumé
  • Portfolio of works

Those with Federal Work Study, please apply through MyUCLA, linked in the Work Study section below.

Fowler Student Educator Program

The Fowler Student Educator program engages UCLA undergraduates in different K-12 activities at the museum. The primary responsibilities are leading gallery conversations in the exhibition spaces and guiding art-making activities.

Student educators also assist with the organization and implementation of teacher programs and support ongoing projects and community engagement in the education department. During the academic year, student educators enjoy professional development opportunities, including conversations with Fowler staff about museum education, curatorial practice, conservation, collections management, publications, and fundraising.

We invite candidates from a wide range of academic disciplines in order to foster cross-disciplinary perspectives and culturally responsive dialogues with K–12 students, teachers, and museum visitors. Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment to and vision for making global arts and cultures inspiring and accessible.

In-person work is required; occasionally, family programs take place on weekends.

How to apply: We will be accepting applications in late spring 2024 for  2024-25 academic year. Please send a cover letter, resume, and proof of Work Study Award to


The Fowler offers paid work-study positions for UCLA students.

To review open work-study positions:

  • Logon to MyUCLA
  • Select Finances and Jobs
  • Select Work-Study Job Search

Scholarships and Awards


Administered under by the Fowler Museum director in consultation with an interdisciplinary review committee, the following research and travel fellowships are offered for 2024: 

The Ralph C. Altman Memorial Fund was established in 1967 by friends, students, and colleagues of the late Ralph C. Altman, founder and first director of what is now the Fowler Museum at UCLA. In his four years as director, Altman helped build the Museum’s holdings of non-Western art into one of the most distinguished collections in the world. The perpetuation of interest and scholarship in the field of non-Western arts through the training of graduate students was Altman’s foremost goal. Graduate and Ph.D. students from all fields and disciplines addressing non-Western arts may apply. This award carries a $4,000 stipend.

The Rubin/Pearlstone Awards were created by colleagues, friends, and family of the late scholars and life partners Arnold Rubin and Zena Pearlstone. These two awards honor Rubin’s and Pearlstone’s unique academic contributions and support continuing research in their areas of interest. Both scholars focused on the creative traditions of indigenous cultures as well as unconventional or under-recognized arts of contemporary peoples. Graduate and Ph.D. students working in these areas are welcome to apply. Each award carries a $3,000 stipend. The Arnold Rubin Award was established in 1988 to honor Rubin, a professor of art history at UCLA from 1967 until his death in 1988, at age 50. It is given annually to a graduate or Ph.D. student researching the arts and material culture of Africa, Oceania, and Native America, as well as the unconventional arts of living peoples regardless of geographic area. In 2023, Rubin’s daughter established the Zena Pearlstone Award to honor the late professor who taught art at Cal State Fullerton from 1998 to 2007. Formerly Rubin’s graduate student, decades later, Pearlstone became his partner and cared for him toward the end of his life. Graduate and Ph.D. students working in Pearlstone’s areas of interest may apply; these include the arts and material cultures of Native American peoples.

The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award was established in 2007 by family, friends, and colleagues of Sarah Gilfillan in her memory. She was associate director of development for the Fowler Museum and did curatorial work on several important Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Gilfillan had extensive experience researching and working in art museums and galleries in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. Her goal had been to enter a Ph.D. program in Latin American art history. This award provides a travel stipend of $3,000 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply. 

Established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Charles E. Rozaire, the Rozaire Research Award celebrates his life’s work of conducting archaeological fieldwork and researching museum collections across California, the U.S. Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with student research that analyzes existing material cultural collections and/or archives, with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and following indigenous research protocols. See Section 3 of for an example of the latter. Undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students may apply. This award carries a $2,500 stipend. 

Recipients of all awards are expected to present their findings at a roundtable attended by the Fowler staff and credit their award in any resulting publication, a copy of which must be provided to the museum.


Students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply. Please indicate on the application form the award(s) for which you are eligible. Selection is based on the merits of the applicant. Any graduate or Ph.D. student registered at UCLA or receiving a degree from UCLA and planning a career in a field related to the goals of these awards is eligible, with the exception of the Gilfillan Award, for which only UCLA Ph.D. candidates may apply. In all cases, preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates whose proposed project is directly related to their dissertation and who do not have other major sources of support.

Application forms are available here.
You may also request an application by emailing Alexis Edge at Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 6:00pm PST.

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