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IARI Undergraduate Research Fellow Application Information

Applications for the Spring 2022 Fellowship are due December 1, 2021

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The Spencer Museum of Art offers one Undergraduate Research Fellowship per semester in conjunction with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) . The IARI fellow may come from many different disciplines and backgrounds in order to cultivate and mentor a diverse generation of future museum professionals. This fellowship is offered in conjunction with the Faculty Research Fellowship, offering KU students just beginning their careers the opportunity to work alongside more advanced researchers and contribute to their interdisciplinary projects. The undergraduate fellows work closely with the Museum’s staff and are integrated into the intellectual life of the Museum.

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Expectations and Compensation

It is expected that an IARI Undergraduate Fellow’s commitment to the Museum will comprise 10 hours per week. The undergraduate fellow will report to their Faculty Research Fellow mentor and a member of the Museum’s academic staff. A presentation to Museum and KU audiences is common before completion of the fellowship. Undergraduate Research Fellows are also invited to contribute to the Museum’s online research platform in the form of blog entries, video, images, PDF publications, and the like, depending on the research project and process. Research projects may also be presented in the form of a temporary installation in the Spencer Museum’s Center for Learning. As compensation, the IARI Undergraduate Research Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 for a one-semester term.

The Spring 2022 Undergraduate Fellow will work with Faculty Research Fellow Perry Alexander (KU School of Engineering and Information and Telecommunication Technology Center), and Spencer Museum of Art staff.

Application Process

The IARI Undergraduate Research Fellow position is open to enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Kansas working in conjunction with a faculty member in their departments. Interested applicants should electronically submit a current CV and letter describing their interest in the position as well as any previous research experience. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. The promotion of and support for a diverse and inclusive community of mutual respect requires the engagement of the entire university.


For questions and more information, please contact the Curator for Research.

Joey Orr
Curator for Research


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