Graduate Funding and Research Support

Pollak exhibit

All applicants are eligible and considered for 9-month graduate teaching and research assistantships that include tuition support (excluding fees) and a stipend, which may be renewed for the second year of study. Continuing students are encouraged to apply for VCUarts scholarships that may be used to cover the cost of fees. Information about scholarships, with upcoming application deadlines, is regularly distributed to current students.

Students participating in professional 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 are encouraged to apply for departmental and VCUarts research grants; upcoming grant application deadlines are regularly distributed to current students.

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.