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


Chief Curator 

The Fowler Museum at UCLA seeks an experienced, energetic, creative and team-oriented Chief Curator who has management responsibilities over the curatorial functions of the Museum, including the development and implementation of its exhibition program and the management of its collections using innovative approaches. The Chief Curator is also a specialist in either the arts of Africa, the Americas, or Asia and the Pacific, and has direct responsibility over the museum’s programming and collections in their area of specialty. This position reports to the Director of the Museum and will participate in the Fowler’s leadership team and in its next phase of strategic planning and envisioning the future. (read more)


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