For Students

Student-Curated Exhibits at Yale Library in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibition Corridor

Learn how to present your research using the unique narrative form of an exhibit. The library’s exhibit staff will assist you to choose, describe, sequence, and arrange objects from the library’s diverse collections.

Our primary student-curated exhibit opportunities are:

Student Research at Yale Library - Proposal deadline February 14, 2022

Through this opportunity two students are selected to curate two exhibit cases each, based on a completed paper or research project, using materials from the Yale Libraries. The selected students will learn how to transform their completed paper or research project into a physical exhibit utilizing production tools, templates, technical expertise, and guidance from Yale Library’s exhibit professionals.

The majority of the curatorial work occurs in the spring semester with an exhibition opening the following fall. Exhibit staff coordinate schedules, deadlines, and management of collections materials.  

Proposal submission:

  • Proposals are currently being accepted through February 14th. Submit your proposal via the Proposal Form.


  • Yale College Class of ’23 and ’24, graduate and professional students.


  • Proposals due: February 14, 2022
  • Selected students notified February 21, 2022
  • Exhibition development and production: March – May 2022
  • Opening reception and exhibit tour: October 2022
  • Exhibition on view: October 2022 through May 2023

If you are considering this opportunity:

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the past exhibit Web page.

Listen to past Student Research at YUL curators:


Senior Exhibit Fellowship at Yale Library - Proposal deadline March 7, 2022

Yale Library is introducing a new fellowship beginning with the Class of 2023, designed to provide one rising senior with training in curatorial skills and culminating in the production of a library exhibition based on the student’s senior essay topic using materials from the Yale Library collections.

One Yale College junior will be selected to receive library funding, mentoring, and exhibit production support over the course of nine months to research, create and curate a professional-quality exhibit opening in spring of their senior year.

The selected student will be awarded a $4,200 stipend to subsidize a five-week summer research fellowship to be completed the summer between their junior and senior years. This research, which must be completed on Yale campus using YUL collections, will become the foundation for the content of the exhibit.

Fellowship duration is from Summer 2022 (five-week research fellowship) through Spring 2023 (senior year research and production). 

This opportunity is perfect for students who have experience researching with primary source materials, are curious about the curatorial process, enjoy working collaboratively, and whose senior essay subject can be strongly represented by physical objects from the YUL collections. 

Proposal submission:


  • Yale College Class of ’23.


  • Proposals due: March 7, 2022
  • Selected students notified April 25, 2022
  • Summer internship: Curator selects five weeks between June and September
  • Exhibition development and production: September – April of senior year
  • Opening reception: April 2023. On view: May – October 2023

If you are considering this opportunity:

Listen to past Senior Exhibit curators:

If you are just getting started...

Learning how to do research in the collections is the first step toward any exhibit opportunity. 

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