Financial Aid: Opportunities and Deadlines

General Information

University Fellowships


Special Departmental Awards

Other Campus Sources

Other Research Awards and Grants (National and International Private and Federal Grants)


General Information

Administration: Financial aid through the Art History Department comes in the form of fellowships, assistantships, and travel funds administered by the Admissions & Fellowships Committee, which reviews applications and petitions regarding all aspects of the financial aid program. The Committee also nominates students in ranked lists for university-wide fellowship competitions. In the major professor or the department may also nominate students for fellowships from outside sources. Because of the scarcity of departmental funding, students are encouraged to search broadly across campus and beyond, and to apply for assistantships and fellowships outside the department if eligible. Students should direct all questions regarding financial aid to either the Department Administrator or the faculty member who is serving as the chair of the Admissions & Fellowships Committee.

Eligibility and criteria for Financial Aid: The Department's main goal is to recruit and retain the most promising students. Eligibility for any kind of financial aid depends upon faculty assessment of the student's potential as well as his or her performance in making satisfactory progress in the graduate program. The department does not normally guarantee support for more than four (4) semesters for students in the M.A. program and six (6) semesters for students in the Ph.D. program. Actual support may be less or greater depending on individual circumstances, and guarantees made to incoming students may differ from these norms. The department balances many considerations in addition to individual student merit, including the number of existing guarantees to specific students, specific programmatic needs (i.e., which courses are allowed to have teaching assistants, and what project assistantships are available because professors have gotten grants), and equity in distributing appointments among the fields of concentration represented by the pool of applicants, In addition to faculty members on the Admissions and Fellowships Committee, the professors who will be teaching the courses with teaching assistants and those who have gotten a project assistantship through a grant are also consulted during the review process.

Departmental deadlines: The departmental deadline to ensure consideration for all forms of financial aid from the University and the Department, except for certain travel funds, is February 1st. This includes applications for fellowships, teaching and project assistant positions, and Student Financial Aids. Deadlines for fellowships from outside sources occur variously throughout the academic year, beginning in the autumn; check with the Department Administrator for dates in each case.

March 1. Deadline for Travel Funding Applications (for Conference Presentation and Attendance).

Student Responsibilities: The Graduate Coordinator makes every effort to keep student files up to date, but students bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of their files. You are strongly advised to provide the office with an updated copy of your curriculum vitae every year. In addition, students are responsible for knowing the regulations governing financial aid, raising any questions concerning their eligibility for it, and submitting applications on time.


University Fellowship Information

The Departmental Administrator and Graduate Coordinator receive notices of both University and outside competitions and publicize them as soon as possible over email and on the Fellowships bulletin boards in the Art History Department. Applications for the university-wide competitions are available in the department office by early October. Students must submit all forms and supporting materials to the Department Administrator. A short list of fellowships appears below, but students should also consult campus websites.

  • Information on internal fellowships administered by the Graduate School
  • Information on external administered fellowships
  • Information on fellowships in area studies and for study and research abroad
  • Links to each area studies program
  • Department Fellowships

Charles C. Killin Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship: This fellowship supports a graduate student studying East Asian art.

Chipstone-James Watrous Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship: This fellowship supports a graduate student studying American Material Culture.

Nominated University Fellowships

(Students DO NOT apply directly; departments nominate):

The Graduate School provides a number of fellowship awards. Students submit applications to the Department Administrator, who passes them on to the Committee. The Committee evaluates the applications and then sends a ranked list of candidates to the appropriate fellowships committees in either the College of Letters and Science or the Graduate School. The Graduate School makes the final decisions on University awards.

University Fellowships: a one-year award waiving tuition (with the Dept. supporting an additional 1-2 years depending on satisfactory progress), providing a stipend and permitting enrollment in a University health insurance plan. At present there are two separate competitions, one for incoming students and the other for Ph.D. candidates who have passed their prelim exams and qualify as dissertators.

Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (A.O.F.): a one-year to three-year award waiving tuition and providing a stipend for an incoming student based on financial need. Targeted ethnic minority groups include African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, or Southeast Asians from Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. Economically disadvantaged individuals not belonging to one of these minority groups may apply also. Applicants must be citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.

Marie Christine Kohler: The Kohler Fellowship brings 12 dissertators from a variety of fields to live together at the Knapp Memorial Graduate Center, 130 E. Gilman Street. The fellowship provides a free room (double occupancy), but not meals. Facilities are available for both female and male residents.

Other University Fellowships

(Students apply directly; departments DO NOT nominate):

Vilas and Special Vilas: a one-year award waiving out-of-state tuition and providing a stipend of each semester. Open to all graduate students who either have a B.A. or M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison or expect to receive one of these degrees before the beginning of the semester in which they will receive the award. The Graduate School holds a separate competition for five "Special" Vilas Fellowships, which do not require such degrees. All awards are based on scholarship and need.

Foreign Languate and Area Studies Title VI: The U.S. Department of Education offers these fellowships for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) under HEA Title VI for summer or yearlong support in six areas of study: African, East Asian, Eastern European, Latin American, South Asian, and Southeast Asian. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. While receiving FLAS support, your coursework must include formal language study, unless you are a dissertator. Prospective applicants should request application forms from the Fellowships Office of the International Institute (327 Ingraham) or the relevant area-studies program office.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann: Fellowship covers tuition, room and board, living expenses and income taxes. Competition is open to US citizens pursuing graduate studies in the United States in any recognized field.

Excellence in Teaching: Awards recognize superior teaching by graduate assistants on this campus.

German Academic Exchange (DAAD): Graduate School has a special partnership with the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) which provides for students to spend a year at a German University.

Travel Awards for Research Abroad: Open to Ph.D. candidates who must travel outside the US, Canada, Puerto Rico or Mexico for dissertation research. Prior to departure, students must have successfully completed all requirements for the degree except residency and the research and writing of the dissertation.




All assistantships (except Research Assistantships) are governed by the Agreement between the State of Wisconsin and the Teaching Assistants Association. For full details, students should consult the printed Agreement. Students are free and indeed encouraged to apply for Assistantships outside the Art History Department.

Teaching Assistants lead discussion sections and grade written work in lecture courses. They may teach 3-4 fifty-minute sections depending on course enrollment and available funding. The number of teaching assistantships available in any semester depends upon the funding allocated by the College of Letters and Science. In addition to a stipend, the positions provide various fringe benefits such as health insurance and tuition remission, meaning that tuition is paid on your behalf. To spread financial aid to as many students as possible, the department does not normally grant students who receive teaching assistantships any other departmental funds (except for prizes, readerships, research/conference travel assistance, or Emergency Aid) during the semester in which they hold their teaching assistantship. The Committee also tries to arrange its nominations for University awards so that students will not hold teaching assistantships and University awards concurrently. The department evaluates all TAs through the instructing professor's class visits and the results of teaching evaluations.

Project Assistants help an individual professor with a research project or work in the Visual Resources Collection (slide room). Duties and requirements vary according to the particular position. Most appointments are in the 33-75% range. Besides a stipend, fringe benefits such as health insurance and tuition remission are also included. The department and individual professors must post notices announcing the position and detailing the requirements; students apply directly to the individual faculty members or unit heads, who have complete discretion to hire whom they wish.

Research Assistants differ from project assistants only in that both the professor and the assistant work in the same area of research (e.g. on a mutual project). There are no Research Assistantships in the Art History Department.

Readers (grading assistants) grade papers, exams, and other course work; they do not instruct students. They are paid on an hourly basis and do not receive fringe benefits. Readers do not ordinarily attend class, although in exceptional circumstances the supervising professor may request additional funds to allow the reader to audit. All graduate students are eligible, and the number of positions depends upon the number of professors who apply to the College of Letters and Science for funds; classes must have 40 students enrolled before the professor may apply. The departmental secretary posts the available positions; individual students should contact the individual professors, who may hire whom they wish.


Special Departmental Awards

Scholarly Awards

Douglas Schewe Best Graduate Paper Award.  The award is given annually to the graduate seminar paper of the year, as selected by the Art History Department.  Papers are nominated by the faculty members for whom they were written.  The winner, who is announced early the following year, receives a stipend and presents the winning paper at a convocation preceding the Graduate Reception in September.

Graduate Symposium at The Art Institute of Chicago.  At a departmental colloquium (usually in January), one student is chosen to present at this annual event, which takes place in April.  The successful candidate will receive $250.00 for travel and expenses.

Conference Travel Grants

Conference Travel Grant

Each student may receive up to $1500 for conference travel from the department over the entire course of their enrollment.  (Departmental matching funds for travel to the College Art Association conference—see below—do not count against this award).


Submit applications by October 15 and March 1 to the chair of the Personnel, Merit, and Budget Committee and the department administrator.  Include:

1.  A description of the conference and its relationship to the student’s field of interest.

2.  A synopsis of the proposed paper, chaired session, or anticipated educational experience.

3.   A budget clarifying the proposed use of the requested funds.

Departmental CAA Matching Grant

If the GradForum applies for and receives funds from the Associated Students of Madison, the department will provide matching funds to be divided up among graduate students going to CAA according to principles and procedures established by the GradForum.

Named Department Research Funds and Fellowships for Graduate Student Research

Shirley and Willard Fritz Mueller Graduate Student Research Award.  Support for graduate student research activities, excluding conference travel.  Up to $1000 awarded to one student a year. Area open.

Ray Reider Golden Research Graduate Student Research Award. Support for graduate student research activities excluding conference travel. Up to $1000 awarded to one student a year.  Areas: Ceramics, Northern European Art, or American Art.

Margaret Davison Shorger Fellowship: This fellowship supports a graduate student for the travel and study of art by Italian artists, excluding conference travel. Candidates must be pursuing research in connection with an M.A. or Ph.D. thesis that requires work in Italy. The level of support will be determined by the committee on the basis of a detailed budget submitted by the student with the proposal outlining the program of research and travel.

Joan B. Mirviss Graduate Student Research Award in Japanese Art History

Graduate students may apply for grants of up to $2500 to support their research in any stage of the program if their project is on Japanese art or engages it in a significant way.  Students in this field without other financial aid may also request a stipend.   Interested candidates must submit an application.   The Personnel, Merit and Budget Committee will consult the department’s Japanese art historian in making the award.

Submit applications to Mueller, Golden, Shorger and Mirviss Funds by October 15 to the chair of the Personnel, Merit, and Budget Committee and the department administrator.  Include:

1.  A discussion of the research topic and question.

2.  A statement about how the targeted research resources are essential to forwarding the

project accompanied by a proposed itinerary and research list specifying those resources.

3.  A detailed budget clarifying the proposed use of the requested funds.

4.  A letter of support from the student’s advisor

Other Campus Sources

Student Employment: Opportunities do exist for graduate students to find part-time employment with departments within the University, and with professors on an ad hoc basis. The best way to find such employment is through the federally sponsored Work-Study Program, which helps subsidize student employment. The Office of Student Financial Aids, 432 North Murray Street, has information about both this program and related job openings on campus; the deadline for Work-Study applications is January 1.

Loans: The Art History Department does not make any loans. Students may apply for NDSL loans through the Office of Student Financial Aids, deadline January 1.

Emergency Aid: Short-term loans for emergency situations are available through the Office of Student Financial Services. Limited funds for emergency situations are also available through the Dean of Students Office, 75 Bascom Hall. The maximum available through each is $300.

Other Research Awards and Grants (National and International Private and Federal Grants)

CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts) Fellowships (Nomination)

Eight different fellowship programs (David E. Finley Fellowship; Paul Mellon Fellowship; Samuel H. Kress Fellowship; Wyeth Fellowship; Ittleson Fellowship; Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship; Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship; Chester Dale Fellowships; Alisa Mellon Bruce Fellowship for Historians of American Art) of up to $24,000 per year for travel, research and dissertation writing.

Due: Nomination requests typically due to department in mid-October

Eligibility: Candidates (N.B. the department normally nominates students who are well along in their dissertations).

  • The David E. Finley Fellowship
  • The Paul Mellon Fellowship
  • The Samuel H. Kress Fellowship
  • They Wyeth Fellowship
  • The Ittleson Fellowship
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
  • The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship
  • The Chester Dale Fellowship

The Decorative Arts Trust Emerging Scholars Program. (
The Decorative Arts Trusts supports a robust system of grants, scholarships, lectures, and internships. The objective of the Emerging Scholars Program is to encourage the next generation of museum curators and decorative arts historians.

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Funds graduate study for students in arts, humanities or social science. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must not yet have completed the first year of graduate study.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships
ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst- German Academic Exchange Service)
Supports research in Germany.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships
Competitive Kress Fellowships administered by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers, as well as to art museum curators and educators.

J. Paul Getty Museum Pre- and Postdoctoral Grants
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center.

  • Research Grants for Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Villa Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Library Research Grants

Social Science Research Council: International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) program provides support for social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Up to fifty fellowships are awarded per year. The program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies. Funds are provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The IDRF awards enable doctoral candidates of proven achievement and outstanding potential to use their knowledge of distinctive cultures, societies, languages, economies, polities, and histories, in combination with their disciplinary training, to address issues that transcend their disciplines or area specializations. The program supports scholarship that treats place and setting in relation to broader phenomena as well as in particular historical and cultural contexts.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
For dissertation research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Henry Luce/ ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Meant to assist graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing. The grants may be carried out in residence at the Fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships, however, may not be used to defray tuition costs and may not be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant.

Norton Simon Museum Academic Internship.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research.

  • The Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowships
  • The Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art
  • The Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship
  • The James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft
  • The Sara Roby Fellowship in American Realism
  • The Joshua C. Taylor Fellowship
  • The Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

 Only one application is necessary; applicants will automatically be considered in all relevant award categories.

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship
Applicants to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program must propose to conduct research in a discipline pursued at the Smithsonian and must submit a specific and detailed research proposal indicating why the Smithsonian is an appropriate place to carry out the study. Projects that broaden and diversify the research conducted within these disciplines are encouraged. Fellowships are offered to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations. Fellows are expected to spend most of their tenure in residence at the Smithsonian, except when arrangements are made for periods of field work or research travel.

Lois F. McNeil Dissertation Fellowship, Winterthur Museum
Winterthur awards four semesters of McNeil funding each year. Applicants may apply for one semester or for the academic year. This fellowship is intended to support dissertation research in Winterthur's collections and so is particularly appropriate for candidates in the earlier stages of a project.

Other Winterthur Research Fellowship Programs

  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Winterthur Research Fellowships 

o   Faith Andrews Fellowships

o   Robert Lee Gill Fellowships

o   Dwight P. Lanmon Fellowships

o   Neville Thompson Fellowship

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Fellows receive office space in the Center's quarters at the heart of the University of Pennsylvania's historic campus, and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and to participate in the Center's program of seminars and other activities. While a limited number of shorter-term awards may be made, all candidates should apply for a nine-month appointment.

American Antiquarian Society
Sponsors doctoral candidates and post-docs working on American history and culture before 1876. AAS offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to three months each year, as well as long-term fellowships intended for scholars beyond the doctorate.

Athenæum of Philadelphia
Internships for periods of up to four months are awarded to graduate students enrolled full time in an architecture or historic preservation program. Interns are expected to reside in Philadelphia and devote half their time to service in the department of architecture at the Athenæum to develop practical skills in the management of architectural records. An equivalent amount of time is to be spent on the intern's own research in American architecture or building technology prior to 1860. Internships may be used in any months of the year.

The Carter Manny Award
Sponsors research by promising scholars whose dissertations focus on areas traditionally supported by the Graham Foundation: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, architectural technologies, architectural research, architectural history and theory, urban design and planning, and - in some circumstances - the fine arts.

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship
Available to doctoral candidates at U.S. colleges and universities in all fields of study. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors.

Cody Institute for Western American Studies Resident Fellowship Program

Mayer Center Resident Fellowship
The Mayer Center Fellow Program of the New World Department at the Denver Art Museum is designed to support scholarly research related to the museum's collections of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art and to provide curatorial experience to art historians. The fellow works half-time with the New World department on research projects related to the permanent collection. Specific projects will be developed in collaboration with the curator of Pre-Columbian or Spanish Colonial Art. At the end of the research period, the fellow is expected to give a public Mayer Center Fellow Lecture on his or her research on the collection. For information on the fellowship program please email or phone the Mayer Center.

The Conservation Office at the National Museum of the American Indian
The Conservation Office at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) offers several types of training opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in conservation and for practicing professionals. Specialized conservation training is also offered for professionals with tribal museums, cultural centers, or preservation projects.

  • Ten-week Internship in Conservation
  • Conservation Six-Month Pre-Program Internship
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Internships & Fellowships

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) Resident Scholar Fellowships
Fellowships for scholars who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from anthropology or from related fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. Both humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply.

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
A program founded by the artist Robert Motherwell, with awards of up to $ 20,000, designed to support public understanding of modern art and modernism by facilitating research, education, publications, collections, and exhibitions in the field.

Council on Library and Information Resources
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) offers fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources. The program offers about ten competitively awarded fellowships per year, each providing a monthly stipend for 8-12 months. Fellows receive an additional grant after participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience.

German Chancellor Scholarship
Sponsors U.S. citizens who are no more than 35 years old to conduct research in Germany. The scholarship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research. Applicants design individual projects and select institutions at which institutions to pursue them. Successful candidates have come from such fields as business, government, social and policy sciences, law, journalism, communications, management, finance, economics, architecture, public service, humanities, arts and environmental affairs.

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
Offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. The program is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-19th century. It accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

American Association for Netherlandic Research Scholarship
Offers a grant in support of research (such as dissertation or archival research) in the Netherlands or Belgium on any subject within Netherlandic Studies. Under exceptional circumstances, an additional scholarship may be awarded. The field is broadly defined and may include research on, for example, aspects of Dutch/Netherlandish culture as they relate to Indonesia or South Africa, or research on the Afrikaans language. The grant is intended for citizens or residents of the United States who study or teach at an American university. Preference is given to those scholars who do not receive research support from their home institution.

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship
Available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between July 1 and June 30 of the following year. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposal or plan. Open to applicants in all fields of study except engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies
A national program supporting original, significant, interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations on women's issues.

The Ansel Adams Research Fellowship, Center for Creative Photography

The Ansel Adams Research Fellowship is one facet of the Institute for Photographic Research, an initiative aimed at realizing the Center's mission to be not simply a repository for materials, but a place where new knowledge about photography is created and shared, where the medium's history and traditions are studied, taught, debated, and learned. The Fellowship is intended to provide research time for scholars needing to use the archives, photograph collection, and/or library of the Center for Creative Photography. The research topic may be anything appropriate to the Center's holdings.

National Gallery of Art Graduate Curatorial Fellowship
Graduate Curatorial Internships at the National Gallery provide in-depth training for advanced Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. recipients interested in gaining curatorial experience in a museum setting. Graduate curatorial interns work with curators on permanent collection or exhibition projects and attend a weekly museum seminar that introduces Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions. Duties and responsibilities are comparable to those of curatorial assistants.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust
Supports PhD candidates in all disciplines who have completed all requirements for that degree by the time of the application and who will complete and defend his/her dissertation at the end of the fellowship year. The fellowship is open to both American and foreign students enrolled at any university in the United States.

The Frick Collection Predoctoral Fellowship
Two-year predoctoral fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship offers invaluable curatorial training and provides the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation. It is awarded to a student working on a dissertation that pertains to one of the major strengths of the Frick Collection and Library. The Fellow is expected to divide his or her time between the completion of the dissertation and activities in the curatorial department. Applicants must be within the final two years of completing their dissertation.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations might consider the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

The Medieval Academy of America
The Academy offers three types of dissertation research fellowships: The Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in French Medieval History, the Schallek Fellowship, and Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants. The Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a significant dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. Because of the renewable nature of the fellowship, applications are solicited on a biannual basis. The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). Medieval Academy dissertation grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials.

Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) offers fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources. The purposes of the fellowship program are to help doctoral candidates who may otherwise not have opportunities or encouragement to work in original source materials in the humanities in the United Kingdom; help doctoral candidates in the humanities to deepen their ability to develop knowledge from original sources; provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed most helpfully in the future.

Yale Center for British Art
Visiting Scholars Program

Paul Mellon Centre, London

  • Junior Fellowships
    For scholars in the advanced stages of doctoral research to pursue further study in the UK (based at The Paul  Mellon Centre) or in the USA (based at the Yale Center for British Art) (up to three months)
  • Research Support Grants
    To contribute towards travel and subsistence expenses for scholars engaged in research on the history of British art or architecture

The Chateaubriand Scholarship Program
The French Government awards about 20 scholarships a year to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities or social sciences enrolled in American universities.

The Camargo Foundation
The Camargo Foundation maintains a study center in Cassis, France, for the benefit of scholars who wish to pursue projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures.

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Provides support for research in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree except the dissertation. In addition, eligible applicants should not be employed or receive grants from other sources.

KCC Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowship Program
Funds graduate students for one year of research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowships is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan. One fellowship is awarded per year. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College for their award year, however this is not a requirement.

The Japan Foundation New York
Doctoral Fellowships give doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences, including comparative research projects, the opportunity to conduct research in Japan for periods ranging from 4 to 12 months. Applicants must have completed all academic requirements except the dissertation when they begin the fellowship and are expected to have sufficient proficiency in the Japanese language to pursue their research in Japan. Higher priority will be given to applicants who expect to submit their dissertation shortly after the completion of their fellowship. Three letters of reference, an evaluation of Japanese-language ability, and academic transcripts must accompany all applications.

The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies
The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies provides grants to promote the study of East Asian art throughout the world.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the principal resource in Greece for American scholars conducting advanced research on the language, literature, art, history, archaeology, and philosophy of Greece and the Greek world from pre-Hellenic times to the present. Each year the School, its programs, and its facilities welcome some 400 graduate students and scholars from over 160 affiliated North American colleges and universities.

American Academy in Rome -Rome Prize Fellowship

Affiliated Fellowships at the American Academy in Rome

  • ACLS/Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
  • Burnham Prize of the Chicago Architectural Club
  • Dinkeloo Fellowship of the Van Alen Institute
  • Italian Fulbright Awards
  • Samuel H. Kress Traveling Fellowship
  • Berthe M. Marti Fellowship in Latin
  • Mellon East-Central European Research Fellowships
  • Cynthia Hazen Polsky/Metropolitan Visiting Curator Award
  • The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship
  • Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship
  • Raiziss/de Palchi Traveling Fellowship of The Academy of American Poets
  • Regional Research Program of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa & The American Academy in Rome 

Fondazione Lemmermann
Awards scholarships to university students who need to study in Rome to carry out research concerning Rome and Roman culture from the Pre-Roman period to the present.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Predoctoral and postdoctoral grants for travel to and residence in Venice and the Veneto. Grants are awarded for historical research specifically on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.

Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Jerusalem
Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside the country. Residence at the Albright is required.

The American Research Institute in Turkey
ARIT directly supports and administers a variety of fellowship for scholarly research and for language study in Turkey. Programs for U.S.-based scholars and graduate students include the ARIT, Kress, Erim, NEH, and the ARIT-Princeton Summer Language Program at Bogazici University in Istanbul. ARIT Fellows come from all regions of the country and represent many fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT fellowships support individual research projects in ancient, historical, and modern times in all fields of the humanities and social sciences that must be carried out in Turkey.

Wolfsonian Fellowships
The Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship program promotes scholarly research on the Wolfsonian's collections.

CGCEH Research Grants for Pre-dissertation, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Travel for Central European History

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D. C. Fellowships
Fellowships in Byzantine art and related aspects of the Mediterranean world; fellowships in Landscape and Garden History

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
To be eligible, the candidate must be (i) a naturalized American, (ii) the child of naturalized Americans or (iii) a green-card holder less than 30 years of age at the time of the application. Candidates cannot be beyond their second year of graduate study.

CAA Professional Development Fellowship
Intended to help MFA, terminal MA, and PhD students bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Eurasia Program Fellowship: Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Mellon Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Pre-dissertation research fellowships funds two months of travel to Europe to conduct exploratory research.