Our museums will be closed until further notice to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Our first priority is the well-being and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers. Stay up to date with NHMLAC's response to COVID-19.​​​ Nuestros museos estarán cerrados hasta nuevo aviso para minimizar la propagación del COVID-19. Ve la respuesta de NHMLAC ante el coronavirus (COVID-19).

Grants and Opportunities

brian brown examining amber research and collections

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation as well as current and potential future travel restrictions, the April 1 cycle of the NHM R&C Student Collections Study Award is cancelled. As of now, we will resume soliciting applications for the October 1, 2020 award cycle.


Research activities undertaken by NHMLAC curators and collections staff are funded primarily by external grants and contracts and by private donors.  

Within Research and Collections there are limited funds available to support travel and expeditions for NHMLAC curators and collections managers.

Other opportunities include

  • The Student Collections Study Award supports travel costs for undergraduate and graduate students to visit NHMLAC collections to conduct research.  Please use this application form.
  • Some Research and Collections departments also support research and travel programs separately from the Research and Collections funds. Check the individual department webpages for more information.
  • Volunteers work in all our collections, and are critical to the work we do! Learn more about the NHMLAC volunteer program. To find out about specific opportunities, talk to a staff member in your area of interest.

Specific opportunities for local students

Students from many local institutions work with our Research and Collections staff through for-credit internships/externships, work-study jobs, research internships, or volunteering.  Recent institutional partners include USC, Occidental, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Glendale Community College, and the Claremont Colleges.