Our graduate students are deeply committed to expanding their personal practice and creative endeavors. We invest in your pursuits through research and travel grants that support further investigation, whether it’s on campus, across town or around the globe.
Explore graduate grants
Each year, VCUarts awards several Graduate Research Grants to support your creative practice, research, and scholarly activities relevant to your academic programs and professional goals. Grants are designed to encourage curiosity, creativity, risk-taking and scholarly investigation.
Students who have achieved candidacy in a VCUarts graduate program are eligible to apply for awards up to $3,000.
Each year, VCUarts awards Graduate Student Travel Grants to support invited/adjudicated presentations or performances and juried exhibitions occurring at professional conferences and/or in professional venues, within the US or internationally. During 2020-21, as long as university travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are in place, the awards can be used for registration fees at virtual conference presentations, virtual performances, or virtual exhibitions of work, as well as for shipping for actual exhibition of work.
These endeavors must be distinct from coursework, faculty-led initiatives, or travel associated with candidacy, thesis, or dissertation research.
Funding availability is as follows:
- virtual conference presentation, virtual performance or virtual exhibition (request should include invitation or acceptance): up to $300
- shipping of artwork for actual exhibitions: up to $300
Rolling deadline: applications accepted year-round, until all available funds have been awarded.
Please submit your request at least two weeks prior to the event date.
Students may also apply for funds to attend two professional conferences within an academic year, without the requirement of exhibition, performance or presentation.
- virtual conference attendance: up to $150
Preference will be given to applications submitted by October 15th and January 25th