Museum Studies

Fellowships and Assistanships


Applications for fellowships and assistantships are considered after the student has been accepted for admission to the graduate degree program in museum studies. However, to ensure timely consideration, you should initiate the application for financial aid concurrently with your application for program admission.

The following fellowships and assistantships are reserved for graduate students in the Museum Studies concentration:

E. Desmond Lee Fellowships

Lee Fellowships are applied to academic fees. The specific amounts awarded will be determined after reviewing the applications, but will run from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $4,000. No work is required as a condition of these fellowships. The fellowships are renewable for a second year, based on satisfactory academic performance during the first year. Among applicants admitted to the program, the Lee Fellows will be selected on the primary basis of financial need, with secondary consideration of prior academic and work record.

Graduate Research Assistantships
GRA are required to work an average of twenty hours per week during the nine months of the school year. The specific work assignments vary each year, but most involve placement at one of the participating museums or archives in the St. Louis area. These assignments offer excellent opportunities to supplement your classroom training with on-the-job experience. In recent years GRAs have worked at such institutions as the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Eugene Field House, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Mercantile Library, Western Historical Manuscripts Collection and the Washington Historical Society. Click here for some first-person accounts of the students' experiences.

Assistantships provide a remission of all academic fees and a stipend of $7,500 for the academic year. They are renewable for a second year, based on satisfactory performance the first year in both academic and assistantship work. GRAs will be selected on the basis of outstanding merit and promise for a successful career in the museum field.