Funding & Research Support

King’s Beaded Robe early 20th century Yoruba culture  (Nigeria, Republic of Benin) glass beads, string, velvet, wool, damask 47¾ x 75 in 121.29 x 190.50 cm Kathleen Boone Samuels Memorial Fund and Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund 96.36

King’s Beaded Robe
early 20th century
Yoruba culture
(Nigeria, Republic of Benin)
glass beads, string, velvet, wool, damask
47¾ x 75 in
121.29 x 190.50 cm
Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Kathleen Boone Samuels Memorial Fund and Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
96.36

 

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 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.

 

“La Grande Odalisque” from the series “Les Femmes du Maroc” 2008 Lalla Essaydi  (Moroccan , b. 1956) color photograph 71 x 86 in 180.34 x 218.44 cm From the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Funds provided by Mary and Donald Shockey Jr. and Jil and Hiter Harris 2012.78

“La Grande Odalisque” from the series “Les Femmes du Maroc”
2008
Lalla Essaydi
(Moroccan , b. 1956)
color photograph
71 x 86 in
180.34 x 218.44 cm
  Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts     Funds provided by Mary and Donald Shockey Jr. and Jil and Hiter Harris
2012.78

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. 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.

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
  • College Art Association
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Southeastern College Art Conference
  • Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion
  • Southeastern Museums Conference

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.