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Research Awards

Through the generous support of the KU Student Senate Educational Opportunity Fund, the Spencer Museum of Art is pleased to launch a new research grant program to stimulate and support student research in the arts, and particularly projects connected to the Museum's collection, exhibitions, and strategies for engaging and serving visitors. Student research awards will range from $250–$1,000, with five to ten awards granted during the 2018–2019 academic year. Awards will support student travel and costs pertaining to research projects or the dissemination of research, such as conference presentations.


Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Kansas are eligible to apply for this award. Students from any discipline are welcome to apply.

Application Materials and Requirements

Brief proposal describing your proposed or ongoing research project and intended use of funds. Proposals will include the applicant’s:

  • name and contact information
  • major and minor fields of study
  • degree currently being sought
  • year of study
  • brief description of what the funds will be used for and how they will support your research (150 words)
  • proposed itinerary (for travel) or timeline (for use of award funds)
  • proposed budget (this should include travel expenses, accommodations, registration, etc).

Recipients will need to submit a brief report on their experience and use of funds at the end of the award period. 

Submission Dates and Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to arts research and on the related purpose for funding support. Proposals for the 2018–2019 academic year are due Wednesday, November 28 by midnight.


For questions about student research awards and to submit application materials, please contact the Curator for Research.

Joey Orr
Andrew W. Mellon Director Curator for Research