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The Fowler Museum’s university programs offer numerous opportunities for UCLA faculty, staff, and students to engage with global arts. University programs range from student internships, to interdisciplinary class visits, to student-led performances.

Curriculum Connections and Class Visits

Faculty from across UCLA’s campus regularly use the Fowler Museum as an extension of their classroom. A visit to the Fowler can provide cultural context, exemplify ideas and concepts encountered in class, introduce visual literacy skills, or provide focus for student projects.

There are many ways to integrate original works of art into undergraduate and graduate classes, and Fowler educators are trained to provide introductory tours of current exhibitions utilizing sustained looking, open-ended questioning, and active learning through group discussions. Individuals interested in scheduling a guided tour are expected to actively participate in the tour’s development by replying to correspondence in a timely manner and providing additional information on the course, such as the syllabus and concrete learning objectives for the visit. Please note that Fowler educators are not able to accommodate all guided tour requests; you may be asked to schedule a self-guided tour or lead the visit yourself if your learning objectives or class topic do not align with Fowler educators’ expertise.

To schedule a class visit, please complete our online request form. The Fowler Museum receives a significant number of tour requests each academic quarter, and requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow at least three weeks’ notice for guided tour requests, and at least one week notice for self-guided tour requests.

Faculty and Student Collaborations

The Fowler Museum frequently presents public programs such as gallery talks and musical performances designed to showcase the intellectual and creative talents of UCLA faculty and students. Faculty expertise and advanced graduate student research also regularly shape the interpretation, design, and presentation of collections and exhibitions.

Student Awards and Employment Opportunities

The Arnold Rubin Award and the Ralph C. Altman Award are for Ph.D. students planning a career in a field related to non-Western art. Applications should be a graduate student working in the areas of African, Pacific, Asian, or Native North and South American arts and material culture, or popular culture phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living peoples, regardless of geographic area. The recipient of the Rubin award will receive $3,000 and the recipient of the Altman award will receive $4,000.

The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award provides a travel stipend of $2,500 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.

The Rozaire Research Award supports costs associated with undergraduate or graduate student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and/or following indigenous research protocols. The recipient of the Rozaire Research Award will receive $2,500.

The Fowler regularly hires undergraduate and graduate students for positions throughout the museum, including Education, Public Programs, Digital Media, Security, and Development. Internships for course credit are also available with specific departments. If you are a UCLA student interested in developing an independent or course project with the mentorship of a Fowler staff member, please contact the appropriate department here.

Additional information and application instructions for student awards and employment opportunities are available here.

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