Graduate Funding Opportunities

The Hite Art Institute and Department of Fine Arts offers a number of scholarships, awards, and assistantships for graduate students in Art History, Studio Art, and Critical & Curatorial Studies. In addition, incoming doctoral students may be nominated by departmental faculty for University fellowships.

Scholarships and assistantships are awarded competitively and will be granted on the basis of satisfactory progress. Consideration will also be given to financial need. Master of Arts (MA) students may receive funding for a maximum of two years, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students may receive funding for a maximum of three years, and Doctoral students (PhD) may receive funding for a maximum of five years. Awards are not automatically renewed; they must be applied for each year.


Graduate Funding Opportunities

Hite Assistantships

Established in 1946 through a bequest from Allen and Marcia S. Hite, the Hite Endowment Fund underwrites various programs in the Department of Fine Arts including Hite Assistantships.

Award: Multiple awards with amount ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.* Students are eligible to receive these awards for more than one academic year, however, they must complete a new application each year in order to be reconsidered.

Area of Concentration: Art History, Studio Art, Critical & Curatorial Studies.

Eligibility: All graduate students. Description: Awards are made with duties assigned in the following categories:

  • Class Assistants: aid faculty in one of their courses each semester. Duties are assigned by the individual faculty members, but generally include grading exams and assignments.
  • Studio Assistants: aid faculty with general studio and equipment maintenance.
  • Research Assistants: engage in activities such as bibliographic searches.
  • Exhibition Assistants: work with Gallery Director and/or staff of the Speed Art Museum on exhibition or curatorial projects.
  • Visual Resource Assistants: work with the department's digital image collection.

Application deadline: January 15

Don Payton Graduate Awards in Art History

Award: Range varies.*

Area of Concentration: Art History.

Eligibility: All art history graduate students.

Application deadline: January 15

Cressman Scholarships

Award: Range varies.*

Area of Concentration: Art History, Studio Art, Critical & Curatorial Studies.

Eligibility: All graduate students.

Description: Award with assigned duties which advance the research and teaching activities of the department.

Application deadline: January 15

Frederic Lindley Morgan Research Assistantships

Award: Range varies.*

Area of Concentration: Art History.

Eligibility: Doctoral students whose area of concentration is Architectural History.

Description: Award with assigned duties related to the Morgan Professorship program.

Application deadline: January 15

Curatorial Research Assistantships

Award: Range varies.*

Area of Concentration: Critical & Curatorial Studies.

Eligibility: Graduate students in the Critical & Curatorial Studies program.

Description:  Curatorial Research Assistants gain broad experience by serving in a number of capacities in a museum setting. Compensation includes tuition remission and a stipend.

Application deadline: January 15

Frederick G. Heath Scholarship in Glass

Award: Range varies.*

Area of Concentration: Glass.

Eligibility: Must be a distinguished graduate student in the glass program.

Application deadline: January 15

Arts & Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Award: Range varies.*

Area of Concentration: Art History, Critical & Curatorial Studies, and Studio Art.

Eligibility: Current Art History, Curatorial Studies, and Studio Art graduate students who have completed a minimum of 18 hours of graduate coursework.

Description: GTAs are expected to teach introductory level courses over the academic year (PhD: 9 hours, MA: 6 hours). Compensation includes tuition remission and a stipend.

Application deadline: January 15


Graduate Funding Application forms and Arts & Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Application forms are available from the Fine Arts Office or may be requested via email.