Sullivan Scholars receive a stipend of up to $4000 per year to work in a museum or related setting. Museum Scholars may also use the funds for travel to conferences or other related projects. The funds can be drawn throughout the academic year and/or during summer break. Students accepted as a Sullivan Scholar are eligible for the stipend each year of participation in the program.
Contact Liza Gijanto, Coordinator for the Museum Studies Program, with your questions.
The Martin E. Sullivan Museum Scholars Program recognizes the contributions of the late Martin E. Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan was a nationally recognized museum professional whose career in museums spanned East and West, art and history, old and new. Dr. Sullivan served as Executive Director of Historic St. Mary’s City from 2000 until 2008 and, along with faculty in the College’s anthropology, art history, and history departments, designed the College’s Museum Studies Program.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time students at St. Mary’s College who have completed their first year by the time their scholarship year begins (First-year students may apply in the spring of their first year for awards that begin later that calendar year, but such students will only receive their award if they complete enough credits to become sophomores by the time their scholarship begins).
- Applicants must be declared Museum Studies minors by the application deadline. If you are not currently a declared minor, you can declare your intention through Portal.
- At the time of application, applicants will have completed or be enrolled in MUST 200 (Introduction to Museum Studies).
- Applicants are expected to have and to maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.3.
- Accepted applicants are expected to make progress toward completing the minor after their scholarship period ends.
The Sullivan Scholars Program offers students an unprecedented opportunity to explore the fields related to Museum Studies. The program provides this opportunity in part through the creation of a small community of highly motivated and engaged student scholars interested in preserving and interpreting a wide range of public resources. The generous stipend that is available to all Sullivan Scholars can be used to travel to conferences, support unpaid work in an approved host institution, or offset expenses related to work in the field. Prospective scholars should discuss their plans for funds with the Program Coordinator or a Museum Studies faculty member, so their application statement and budget clearly describe the use of funds. Sullivan Scholars also participate in specially organized field trips and in small setting encounters with visiting scholars and fellows in the Museum Studies Program.
In addition to continuing to meet eligibility requirements and complete the minor, Sullivan Scholars are expected to summarize and share their experiences with other participants in the Museum Studies Program and more generally with other students on campus. Scholars may be called upon to visit classes to describe the practical experiences made possible by the stipend or a recently-attended conference. Sullivan Scholars are expected to attend all Museum Studies Program-related events throughout their term, and to represent the Program when meeting Program guests or visiting other venues on behalf of the Program.
How much is the Sullivan Scholar stipend?
Each Museum Scholar will have the opportunity to draw a stipend of up to $4000 each academic year. Students must reapply every year they wish to participate in the program.
When can the stipend be used?
The stipend may be used for a variety of purposes related to the program’s mission, including working in a museum setting, credit or no-credit internships, or funding an otherwise unpaid internship or assistantship. Stipends may also be used to offset travel costs to conferences or to purchase supplies and materials for related projects. Please note that stipends may NOT be used to support paid internships or paid employment.
The stipend may be used to support work throughout the academic year, or students may choose to use the stipend to support concentrated work during the summer (graduating seniors must draw down the funds no later than June 30 of their final year of study at the College).
Where can the stipend be used?
How do I get approval to use my stipend?
What are typical reimbursement cost rates?
Typically, students participating in an unpaid internship or assistantship will be reimbursed $12.50 for every hour they are on-site at their host museum. Students who use their stipend for travel will be reimbursed standard travel costs according to the State of Maryland’s schedules. Students should be aware that State of Maryland guidelines for travel require pre-approval. Students who use their stipend to purchase supplies and materials will be reimbursed the cost of those items. Please note that the total sum of reimbursements cannot exceed $4000.
Can I use the stipend to support the required internship for a minor in museum studies?
To apply for standing as a Museum Scholar, you should submit:
- Submit a completed Application Form »
- A one to two page narrative
- Unofficial transcript (available off portal)
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty who know you and your work
Applications may be submitted either electronically or in hard copy. Send your completed application to: Professor Liza Gijanto, Coordinator, Museum Studies Program, Anne Arundel Hall West; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Your signature and necessary attachments must be included.
- Applications for projects are due by due October 20, 2023 and will be reviewed by November 30, 2023.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible and to discuss their proposed application in advance with a member of the Museum Studies Program faculty.
- Awards will be announced in late April.
The Museum Studies Program Coordinator screens all applications to ensure they are complete. Complete applications will then be reviewed by members of the Museum Studies Program steering committee and the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, applications are evaluated based on how well the student explains the value of their proposed work to preserve and/or interpret public resources. Other considerations include a realistic proposed budget and the strength of the recommendations.