For Students

Student-Curated Exhibits at Yale University Library

Wall Street Exhibition Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library

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 University Library (October – April) Proposal Deadline Passed

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

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Yale Library Senior Exhibit Fellowship (April - October) Proposal Deadline Passed

Yale Library is introducing a new fellowship beginning with the class of 2021, 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 Yale library collections, will become the foundation for the content of the exhibit.

Fellowship duration is from Summer 2020 (five week research fellowship) through Spring 2021 (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 Yale Library collections.  

To be considered for this fellowship you must submit a project proposal by March 6th, together with letters of support from a Faculty Advisor and a Librarian Exhibit Advisor who agree to work with and advise you throughout the project. See here for more information and link to proposal form in the Yale Student Grants Database

Review fellowship recipient roles and responsibilites, as well as deadlines and workflows

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If you are just getting started ...

Learning how to do research in the collections is the first step toward any exhibit opportunity. Start by getting to  know your personal librarian or subject librarian, as well as archivists and collection specialists. Explore and discover the collections at archives.yale. edu. Get ideas by looking at previous years' exhibits via the SML Exhibits LibGuide. Learn about opportunities to create online exhibits at Yale University Library.