VCUarts is committed to financially supporting its graduate students. Funding opportunities are provided to qualified, art history graduate students by the university, school, and department. Awards are based on academic merit and financial need. All applicants are eligible and considered for these awards upon admission and as they proceed through a program of study, with priority given to students enrolled in a MA/PhD or PhD concentration.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are 9-month and include tuition support (excluding fees) and an annual stipend. They may be repeated/renewed in sequential years.
Graduate School Assistantships are 12-month and include tuition support (excluding fees) and an annual stipend. These awards are offered to first-year PhD students.
The Hamad bin Khalifa Research Assistantship provides research support to the Hamad bin Khalifa Chair in Islamic Art or teaching support for undergraduate courses in Islamic Art. The recipient is selected by the department chair. This assistantship is 9-month, includes tuition support (excluding fees), and an annual stipend. It may be extended one additional year.
The Thalhimer Research Assistantship provides research support for the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair in American Art, who consults with the Department Chair and the Graduate Advisor in selecting the student for this position. This assistantship for 9 months includes tuition support (excluding fees), and an annual stipend. It may be extended one additional year.
Scholarships for current students are available by application; information about scholarships with upcoming deadlines is regularly distributed to current students.
Research and Conference Travel is generously supported for graduate students in all concentrations (both MA and PhD). Students participating in workshops, conferences and symposia are encouraged to apply for Graduate Student Travel Grants, funded by the VCUarts dean’s office or Graduate Student Travel Grants offered by the Graduate School. Students engrossed in research for their MA qualifying papers or PhD dissertations are encouraged to apply for research travel awards funds offered by the Department of Art History as well as Dean’s Research Grants.
In recent years, graduate students have been awarded funding to present papers about their research or professional projects at the annual conferences of:
- American Alliance of Museums
- Arts Council of the African Studies Association
- College Art Association
- Society for American Archaeology
- Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies
They have been awarded funds to conduct research in the Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and at sites in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Texas, as well as internationally in Amsterdam, London and at sites in Italy, South Korea, Pakistan, and Mexico.