The Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program

Over the last decade, the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship (MUCF) program has sought to diversify curatorial cohorts in American art museums, supporting the work that foregrounds the growth of strong and diverse curatorial ranks into robust and distinct museum leadership.


Following the class of 2021–22 fellows, the MUCF will pause to conduct a thorough evaluation and assessment of program goals and strategies. During this process, the foundation will analyze the program’s achievements, identify opportunities for improvement, and strengthen best practices for revitalized programming that is equal to the challenges and opportunities of the moment. We anticipate the program will resume in late 2023 or early 2024, ready to continue the critical work that creates a coherent web of opportunities that lead from undergraduate through graduate work to curatorial positions in the nation’s cultural institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the MUCF program?
Applications are not currently being accepted. When the program resumes, following evaluation and assessment, application guidelines will be posted here.

Why is the MUCF program pausing?
The MUCF will pause briefly to conduct a thorough evaluation. After nine years, it is important for the Mellon Foundation and its partner museums to assess the program’s strengths, assets, and opportunities for improvement to ensure that it is making the greatest possible overall impact.

When will the program resume?
We anticipate that the MUCF program will resume in late 2023 or early 2024.

Is the MUCF program paused at all partner museums?
Yes, the program as a whole is pausing to conduct a thorough evaluation that involves all partners.

Are there other curatorial fellowship opportunities at the MFAH?
Please check back for any information.

How can I be notified when the MUCF program resumes?
Sign up for email updates by sending a request to or by checking this web page in the fall of 2023.