Funding for Graduate Students

Before applying for funding of any kind, make sure that your advisor thinks that it is appropriate for you to do so.  Many of the funding opportunities listed here are available only to doctoral candidates.  With all applications for funding, you should begin the process ideally about six weeks before the deadline, and request letters about three or four weeks before the deadline.  It is also best to send the faculty who are writing letters in support of your applications a good, solid, clean draft of your application essay, along with the request for the letters.  Also send them all relevant information in a single email message, being sure to paste information into the email message, rather than asking faculty to search websites or keep track of numerous email messages with bits and pieces of it.

In consultation with your Ph.D. advisor, each student should be aware of any recently completed dissertations or current dissertations-in-progress that relate to your research topic.  For a listing of recent dissertations completed and current dissertations-in-progress across the field of Art History, see the following web directory maintained by the College Art Association:

Internal Funding for Graduate Students 

Dean's Grant for Conference Travel: students who are presenting a paper at a conference should apply for reimbursement of travel, room, board, and conference fees. See the guidelines and application form on the general Tyler webpage.

Dean's Grant for Research: this is a competitive award. Application guidelines and deadlines are found on the general Tyler webpage.

The funding opportunities in this section include short- and long-term scholarships, grants, and fellowships offered to graduate students by entities within Temple University.  Students also receive information about competitive grants that originate in the Graduate School or within Temple.

Temple University International Programs Scholarships (including Temple University Rome Scholarships and the Vira Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership)



External Funding for Graduate Students

The funding opportunities in this section include short- and long-term scholarships, grants, and fellowships offered to graduate students by entities and institutions outside of Temple University.  This list is organized into two parts.  Those in part I require nomination by the department.  Those in part II are initiated by the student.  Detailed information about each grant or fellowship is not included here, but should be sought on the institution’s website.

I. Funding Opportunities Requiring Departmental Nomination

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art


Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Carter Manny Award

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Dedalus Fundation Dissertation Fellowships


II. Examples of Funding Opportunities Initiated by Students (please do not consider this a complete list!)

African American Museum of Philadelphia: Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders

American Antiquarian Society: Fellowships and Grants

American Association of Netherlandic Studies: Scholarship

American Philosophical Society: Grants and Fellowships

Amon Carter Museum: Davidson Family Fellowship 

ARTstor: Travel Awards

Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies, University of Virginia: Pre-doctoral Residential Research Fellowship

Center for Craft, Creativity & Design of the University of North Carolina: Graduate Research Gran

Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University: Fellowships

Center for Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania: Stipends for Dissertation Candidates

College Art Association: Professional Development Fellowship Program

Columbia University
Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall

Embassy of France in the United States
The Chateaubriand Fellowship

The Frick Collection

The Getty Foundation
Getty Research Institute Grants and Residential Fellowships,

Getty Grant Program

Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History

Houghton Library, Harvard University
Visiting Fellowships

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Allen Whitehill Clowes Curatorial Fellowship

Institute of European History

Institute of Turkish Studies

Kress Fellowships for Language Study in French, German, Italian, and/or Spanish
Middlebury College Language Schools

Library Company of Philadelphia / Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art

Curatorial Fellowship


Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Summer Institute

National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Stipends

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science (PACHS)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

School of American Research

Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP)

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Opportunities
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center

Social Sciences Research Council
International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) 
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

Terra Foundation

U.S. Capitol Historical Society

Capitol Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of Education
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

U.S. Department of State
Fulbright Award Program

The Van Gogh Museum
Ronald de Leeuw Research Grant

Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture (Fondazione Giorgio Cini)


Walters Art Museum

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
Fellowship Program

Wolfsonian-Florida International University
Fellowship Program