The Decorative Arts Trust is accepting applications for a two-year challenge grant of $17,500 per year in sponsorship of a curatorial internship.  The Trust’s Curatorial Internship Grant provides critical employment opportunities for emerging museum professionals at qualified institutions.  The intern will receive from the Trust an additional $2,500 in funding per year to offset the cost of travel related to research and professional development programs. Potential museum and historical society collaborators should apply by September 30, 2018. The application packet must consist of a formal letter of interest describing the nature of the project(s) in which the intern will be involved during the two-year period and identifying the staff member who will supervise and mentor the intern; the supervisor’s CV; pertinent background information related to particular initiatives, exhibitions, or research related to the intern’s planned projects; and a statement of how the institution plans to raise the $35,000 in matching funding over two years.  A draft of a job description is strongly encouraged.  Please note that mentorship is a significant consideration in this program.  The Trust’s selection will be announced by October 31, with grant funds available as early as January 1, 2019.

For information about past recipients, please visit the Trust’s website[]. Please submit applications by mail to The Decorative Arts Trust, 20 South Olive Street, Suite 204, Media, PA 19063 or email to