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Graduate Student Funding


All applicants to the Kress Foundation Department of Art History graduate program will be considered on a competitive basis for departmental and university scholarships/fellowships and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Assistant (GA) positions. No separate application is required to be considered for funding; the department makes decisions based upon information provided in the graduate applications.

The Graduate Admissions Committee may nominate, on behalf of the department, exceptional incoming students for Graduate Studies awards.


Each year, the department recognizes the academic excellence of continuing graduate students through several awards. They include the Timothy Mitchell Memorial Art History Award, the Chu-Tsing Li Award for Academic Excellence in Chinese Art, and the Award for Academic Excellence in Asian Art. Outstanding contributions to the educational mission of the department are recognized through the Marilyn J. Stokstad Award. All of these monetary awards are paid against tuition or issued as a check.

Travel funding

All graduate students (MA, MA/PhD, and PhD) are eligible for funding for the following purposes/types of travel:

  • to deliver papers at appropriate professional conferences and symposia
  • to take part in special training projects
  • to visit and study art-historically significant sites, architecture, collections and/or exhibitions pertinent to their program of study
  • to conduct research in museums, libraries, and archives
  • to consult or interview artists and art professionals

For MA students, the career allocation for this funding is not to exceed $2,000.

For PhD students, the career allocation for this funding is not to exceed $4,000.

For MA/PhD students, the career allocation for this funding is not to exceed $6,000.

All doctoral students are eligible for up to $5,000 in additional research funding support following the successful completion of their comprehensive exams.

By application (except as noted)

  • GTA positions
  • GA and hourly positions in the Visual Resources Facility
  • Judith Harris Murphy GRA position
  • Franklin D. Murphy GRA position (appointed by the faculty)
  • Internship positions (GAs) in the Spencer Museum of Art (SMA), selected by the SMA staff
  • Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) grants for the study of East Asian languages, administered by the  Center for East Asian Studies
  • Other positions within the University, such as in the Art & Architecture Library
  • Graduate Studies offers a number of scholarships/fellowships that recognize academic excellence and assist meritorious students in the timely completion of their degree programs. Please see the Graduate Studies’ Departmental Scholarships page for additional information.
  • The department encourages all graduate students to seek external funding as appropriate. The Hall Center for the Humanities provides and updates each year a comprehensive list of fellowships for graduate students in the humanities.

Departmental Policy on Graduate Student Fellowship Nominations:

For Graduate Studies and external fellowship applications (e.g. CASVA, Kress Foundation, Dedalus Foundation) that require departmental nomination, students must submit the following materials in PDF form via email to their faculty advisor and the Office Manager approximately five to six weeks in advance of the granting institution's deadline: 

  1. Current CV
  2. Letter of application that outlines their status in the program, research and writing progress, reasons for wishing to be nominated for the particular fellowship, and an explanation of their intended use of the support.

These guidelines will allow adequate time for the art history faculty to consider the above materials and select nominees, and for those nominees and their faculty sponsor(s) to prepare and submit the necessary application materials to the granting institution(s). You will receive an email at the start of every fall semester with specific deadline information.

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