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Please note: Fellowship information and due dates for applications are approximate -- check fellowship websites for most current information.

Selected Fellowship Programs for Graduate Study in the History of Art

Departmental Nominations Required

Barbour Scholarship (Rackham)

Nominees must be female citizens of countries in the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east). In addition, nominees:
>must not be permanent residents or citizens of the United States and not married to permanent residents or citizens of the United States;
>must intend to devote themselves to a professional career in their native countries after graduation;
>must be enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Michigan;
>must have completed two full semesters of graduate work at the University of Michigan before beginning tenure as a Barbour Scholar;
>and must be in residence on campus as a full-time student during the tenure of the award.
Deadline: Middle of January.  MORE INFO


Carter Manny Award, Graham Foundation

The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and the potential to shape architectural discourse. The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences working on architecture topics. The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.
Deadline: Middle of November.  MORE INFO

CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts) Fellowship

Nine 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 (12mo & 24mo); plus Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad.  Eligible applicants must have completed all departmental requirements, including course work, residency, general and preliminary examinations, and certification in two languages other than English before the deadline.
 Deadline: November 15. MORE INFO

Charles Lang Freer Fellowship (History of Art, University of Michigan)

Pre-doctoral fellowships for U-M art history PhD students in any area of the Freer-Sackler Asian art holdings and archives. Applications are to be submitted to the History of Art Fellowship Committee.  Deadline: early September. MORE INFO

Copernicus Fellowship for Polish Studies (CREES, University of Michigan)

The Copernicus Program in Polish Studies (CPPS) provides funding for the Copernicus Fellowship to be awarded to an incoming doctoral or master's level student at the University of Michigan who expects to focus his/her graduate work on Polish Studies. Students may not apply directly for this award but must be nominated by their admitting department or school at the University of Michigan. Departments are invited to submit nominations for the Copernicus Fellowship. CPPS will contribute up to $20,000 toward the first-year stipend and tuition. MORE INFO

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

The Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is awarded annually to a Ph.D. candidate at a university in the United States who is working on a dissertation related to painting, sculpture and allied arts from 1940-1991, with a preference shown to Abstract Expressionism. The fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000. For more information, email or visit their site.

DeKarman Fellowships

DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the time of application. Complete applications, including transcripts of applicant’s graduate and undergraduate studies at institutions in the United States and Canada and two letters of recommendation, must be received by the fellowship committee IN ONE PACKAGE postmarked no later than midnight, January 31. Late applications will not be considered. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities. Deadline: January 31. For additional details click HERE

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund

To attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. Students must have outstanding undergraduate record, demonstrate financial need, be a US citizen, and be enrolled in an accredited graduate program. Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus $18,000 stipend for living expenses. Rackham deadline: mid November.  MORE INFO

Lipschutz, Host, Smith Awards (Rackham)

$8,500 for support during the spring/summer. Eligible applicants: Award recipients will have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and an interest in the success of women in the academic community. Nominees must be women actively pursuing a doctoral degree who have achieved candidacy by the application deadline. Any Rackham doctoral program may nominate only one student for the combined competition. Students may receive this award only one time. Deadline: early January.  MORE INFO

Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship (CEW)

Eligibility Criteria

1) Women graduate students in a social science or humanities PhD program within LSA or in an interdisciplinary degree program in which a major component of the program is taught by faculty from a department of LSA. The nomination must come from a department of LSA.  Each department may nominate one student.

2) Student must be enrolled for the upcoming academic year.

3) Student must have completed at least four semesters at the University at the time of application.  Departments are urged to nominate a student who has reached candidacy.

4) Must have at least one of the criteria listed below:

 a.  A minimum five-year (60 month) consecutive interruption in education anytime since high school 


b.  Primary Caregiver**

Primary Caregiver definition:  

Lives in the same residence at least 50% of the time and consistently assumes major responsibility for housing, health, and safety of a minor, older adult, or disabled adult; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year.

Lives in separate residence and provides care for a minor, older adult, or disabled adult for a minimum of 20 hours per week without monetary compensation for at least the past 6 months; anticipates this responsibility will continue during the upcoming academic year. 

5)  Evidence of academic excellence and capacity for intellectual growth• Clarity of scholarly and professional goals• Potential to make an exceptional contribution (broadly defined) to society • Demonstrated financial need

In addition to these criteria, preference will be given to graduate students who are first generation students (no parent has completed a bachelor's degree). 

Deadline is February 15. MORE INFO

Rackham International Students Fellowships

Awards of $10,000 may be used as stipend or tuition. 

Eligibility:  Any Rackham program on the Ann Arbor campus may nominate up to two international graduate students who have successfully completed one year of graduate study and are in good academic standing as a master’s or Pre-Candidate student. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not eligible. Nominees must be registered for at least three (3) credits if a master's student or for six (6) credits if a Pre-Candidate student in the term of nomination as well as in the following academic term.  

Selection Criteria:  Nominees must have a strong academic record, be making good progress toward the degree, and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional promise. Preference will be given to students who do not have other sources of funding.

Deadline is early October.  MORE INFO

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Fellowships will be awarded to students who will complete an outstanding dissertation in the year in which they hold the fellowship.

The fellowship will be preferentially awarded to nominees: (i) who are on track to complete their degrees in six years, excluding time spent on any Rackham approved leave of absence; (ii) who will hold the fellowship in the final year of their doctoral studies.

Fellowships include a generous stipend, candidacy tuition and required fees for twelve months. GradCare health and dental insurance will be provided during the fellowship period. 

Deadline is early January.  MORE INFO

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellowships

The Kress Foundation is offering two-year fellowships for research and study abroad in association with specific foreign institutions in Ankara, Cairo, Florence, Jerusalem, Leiden, London, Munich, Nicosia, Paris, Rome, and Zurich. The stipends total $30,000 per year. Eligible applicants: Candidates with projects focusing on European from antiquity to the early 19th Century. Deadline:  November 30. Earlier if the 30th falls on a weekend. MORE INFO

Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute

The Dissertation Writing Institute is for graduate students whose research is complete or nearly complete, who have conceptualized the principal elements of the dissertation, and who have already begun to write the dissertation. For additional details click here

Fellowships Requiring Direct Application

Please Contact Directly for Application Guidelines and Deadlines

American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize

Each Rome Prize winner is provided with stipend and living expenses. Winners of 6-month and 11-month fellowships receive $15,000 and $27,000, respectively. Eligibility: applicants must have achieved candidacy at the time of application and be working on an Italian subject in the Humanities. More information, contact 

American Council of Learned Societies/ Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Grantees will receive a stipend of $35,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. Tenure: one year beginning summer 2014. Eligible applicants PhD candidates in the last year of dissertation writing who have progressed no further than the sixth year of their program.
Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online Fellowship Application system ( October deadline. Notifications will be sent in late March 2010. More Information

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship

The Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 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. More Information

Center for the Education of Women (University of Michigan)

Fellowship applicants must be conducting student-designed research that is tied to degree requirements and focused on issues of importance to women.  Most CEW+ Fellowships range between $2,000 and $5,000. More Infomation

Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC, University of Michigan)

There are fellowships or grants available depending on the area of study. More Information

Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES, University of Michigan)

There are fellowships or grants available depending on the area of study.

For application information, email and visit

Chateaubriand Fellowship

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is offered by the Cultural Services of the Franch Embassy.  The HSS program targets outstanding PhD students enrolled in U.S. institutions who seek to engage in research in France in any discipline of the Humanitites and Social Sciences.  The HSS Chateaubriand program is supported by Campus France which provides assistance to fellows on site. More Information

"Community of Scholars" Fellowships For Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Focusing on Women or Gender (University of Michigan)

The Community of Scholars (COS) is a four-month summer fellowship program.  It is intended to support graduate students enrolled in any Rackham graduate program on the U-M Ann Arbor campus whi are engaged in scholarly research or other creative projects focusing on women, gender, and sexuality.

All awardees participate in a weekly seminar during May and June.  Research may be conducted outside of Ann Arbor during July and August.  Awardees will also present their work at a public symposium during the Fall semester following their award. More Information

DAAD Scholarships in Germany Exchange Program (University of Michigan, Rackham

This is an exchange program with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Michigan for study or research abroad in Germany. Deadline in September to the Rackham Fellowships Office at  ATTN: DAAD Scholarship. More Information

FLAS: Foreign Language Area Study through University of Michigan Centers and Programs

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides tuition and stipend to students designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies.  The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages.Deadline: February TBD. For further details contact one of the programs listed below. More Information 

Contact: Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS), 734.763.0553,; Portuguese, Quechua, Spanish, Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS) 734.764.0350; Arabic, Armenian , Hebrew, Persian, Turkish Russian & East European Studies (CREES) 734.764.0351; Armenian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish South Asian Studies (CSAS) tel 734.764.0352; Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, and possibly Tibetan Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) 734.764.0352; Indonesian, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

This fellowship provides $20,000 stipend and an allowance of $2,000 for tuition. Eligible applicants: Citizens or nationals of the U.S. who aspire to a teaching and research career at the college or university level and who are one of the following: Alaska Natives, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans. Applicants must also be able to utilize a three-year fellowship award. In order to be reviewed, the online application must be submitted no later than the deadline, usually in November. More Information

Fulbright Fellowships

The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the competition for many of the grants supporting graduate study and research abroad that are offered by the Fulbright Program in over 100 countries. The IIE Fulbright programs include grants for research, study and travel for selected countries, and various other opportunities including teaching assistantships in English. The funding provided depends upon the country; many include transportation, tuition, books and living stipend. Eligible applicants: U.S. citizens. Deadline: September- TBD. More Information

US/ED Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

The US Department of Education (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships provide opportunities for PhD candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in less commonly taught modern foreign languages and non-Western-European area studies.  Requirement: US citizen or permanent resident (Important Note: Dual citizens and permanent residents may not conduct DDRA-funded research in their country of citizenship.) For more information, click here.

Sweetland Fellows Seminar (University of Michigan)

The Fellows Seminar brings together graduate student instructors (Graduate Fellows) and faculty (Faculty Fellows) from multiple disciplines who share a commitment to integrating writing in their courses.  The program is supported by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Sweetland Center for Writing. More Information

International Institute Individual Fellowships (University of Michigan)

The International Institute Student Fellowships (IISF) are designed to support University of Michigan students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad.  For more information, click here.

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) (University of Michigan) Graduate Student Research Awards

IRWG offers a variety of internal grants and funding opportunities for faculty and graduate student scholarship, research collaborations, or creative activities that focus on women, ender, or sexuality. More Information

King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program (University of Michigan, Rackham)

The fellowship is funded by the State of Michigan and is intended to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Applications are encouraged from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations. The amount of the KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Award will depend on the student’s financial needs. The maximum available award for master’s students is $20,000 and for doctoral students is $35,000. Check the website for eligibility (note the Michigan residency requirement and an intended career in teaching). Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. More Information

Lurcy Foundation Fellowship for Study in France (University of Michigan, Rackham)

The grantee will receive a $25,000 stipend for study in France. Eligible applicants: U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Deadline is early October. More Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship Competition

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers six to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research about US Indigenous or non-US cultures and societies. More Information

Winterthur Fellowship Programs

Winterthur Research Fellowships are designed to support residencies, remote, and hybrid fellowships at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library for junior and senior scholars whose projects make use of Winterthur's collections.  Each fellowship provides a monthly stipend.  Deadline typically mid January.

More Information

American Association of University Women

The purpose of the American Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation.

Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math fields or those researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are open August 1–November 1.

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