Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Grants and Opportunities

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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.