Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship

The Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship (OHCF) is a semester-long fellowship program for Native American students enrolled at USD who are interested in learning how to curate art exhibitions.


Each spring, two fellows will be selected to produce a professional, museum-quality exhibition using the Oscar Howe permanent art collection. As a fellow, you'll have opportunities to:

  • Travel
  • Research
  • Learn about exhibition curation from our gallery staff, nationally renowned Native arts curators and the OHCF selection committee

Fellowship Stipends

Our fellows receive a $3,000 living stipend. You'll be expected to work 10-15 hours per week during the spring semester on the creation of an exhibition. The exhibitions will be displayed in the Oscar Howe Gallery, located in historic Old Main, during the following fall semester.


Applicants must be enrolled at USD during the fellowship semester and be a registered member of a tribe in the United States. Students from any major or minor concentration are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., January 22