Museum Opportunities



Volunteering at the Fowler

The Fowler often has volunteer opportunities for people ages 18 and older who seek greater involvement at the Museum. From assisting with research and conservation to staffing membership tables at events, volunteers play an important role in maintaining the Museum's tradition of excellence.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteering Request Form.

Employment Opportunites

The Anawalt Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Textiles or Regional Dress

The Fowler Museum at UCLA invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the study of textiles or regional dress. The one-year Fellowship will begin Sept. 1, 2015, and may be extended for a second year at the discretion of the Fowler Museum. The position is open to candidates who have obtained their doctorate within the past six years in art history, anthropology, or another appropriate field. The Fellowship provides unparalleled access to the Fowler Museum’s renowned textile collections and mentorship by experienced Fowler Museum staff. We seek applicants with significant research potential whose proposed project will make use of the Museum’s collections and reflect the Fowler’s geographical collecting priorities (Africa and its diasporas, Asia, the Pacific, and the ancient or indigenous Americas).

The Fellow will be based in the Fowler Museum’s Richard and Patricia Anawalt Center for the Study of Regional Dress (CSRD). Office space will be provided and the Fellow will be granted the same UCLA library and research privileges as Fowler Museum curators. The Fellow will be expected to coordinate the activities of the CSRD, including responding to scholarly research inquiries and requests, coordinating with Fowler Museum staff members on textile-related projects, and liaising with the Fowler Museum Textile Council and with members of the Fowler’s general textile audience as needed.

The Fellow will be encouraged to teach one undergraduate class for one of the three quarters of the academic year, the subject to be based on the Fellow’s area of textile specialization and/or based on the Fowler’s textile holdings. The class is taught as a weekly 3-hour seminar and is offered under the auspices of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. It is taught in the CSRD and will be limited to twenty students in order to provide access to selected items drawn from the Museum’s textile collections (to be selected by the Fellow).

The Fellow will be expected to define and develop her or his own research priorities and objectives, which may culminate in a publication and potentially may be considered as an exhibition, depending on its scale and ambition. Given the limited timeframe of the Fellowship period, the Fowler can only agree to consider an exhibition proposal for one of its smaller changing spaces, and the exhibition could be presented outside the timeframe of the Fellowship period. The Fellow will be invited to work within the Museum’s exhibition development process in order to propose and execute a realistic plan should this aspect of the Fellowship be desirable.

Applicants should submit a letter of no more than three pages detailing: 1) the research project they hope to pursue at the Fowler Museum and the significance of this project to their career path; and 2) the course (or courses) they would propose to teach at the undergraduate level. Should a candidate have a proposal in mind for a potential exhibition drawing upon Fowler Museum collections, please explain it briefly (not required).  

Please also submit a C.V. and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three references. Submissions must be received no later than May 15, 2015 to Sophie Livsey, at  slivsey@arts.ucla.eduor via mail to the following address:

Textile Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

            Sophie Livsey, Executive Assistant

            Fowler Museum at UCLA

            P.O. Box 951549

            Los Angeles CA 90095-1549

The annual salary range for this is between $42,840 - $52,116, depending on experience.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents in possession of an appropriate visa.

The University of California is an equal opportunity employer.


Opportunities for UCLA Students

Internships and Student Employment Opportunities

Each fall, the Fowler hires 3-5 UCLA students to assist the Education Department in developing and implementing school, family, and public programs. These Museum Educators lead gallery tours and hands-on experiences, including art-making and performance-based activities, for students and adults. They also support administrative needs of the Education Department, including answering phones, scheduling tours, photocopying, sending confirmation packets, filing, and other tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate UCLA student with work-study allocations.
  • Able to commit to working 10 hours per week in 4 hour shifts (minimum requirement) for all three quarters of the academic year.
  • Background in art and/or education helpful, but not required. Students from the Departments of Art, Art History, World Arts and Culture, Ethnomusicology, History, and Anthropology are encouraged to apply.

To apply for positions in the Education Department, please send a cover letter and resume to Betsy Quick.


Scholarships and Awards

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. Applicants 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. Applicants will be considered automatically for both awards. Any Ph.D. student registered at UCLA (or receiving a Ph.D. degree from UCLA) in the fields described above is eligible; students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards in any resulting publication, a copy of which should be provided to the Museum.

The Sarah Elizabeth Gilfillan Award was established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Sarah Gilfillan. 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 $2500 to assist with field research or study abroad. Only Ph.D. students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.

Download the 2015 Awards Requirements and the 2015 Application Form.

Application forms are available at the Fowler Museum front lobby reception desk or by emailing our Executive Assistant, Sophia Livsey at