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Grants, Awards, & Assistantships
Generous awards and grants are available through the Art History Department and the Graduate School at FSU. For a list of past Art History graduate student recipients of internal and external grants and awards, see People>Students>Awards.
All applicants to the Master’s program are automatically considered for research assistantships with full tuition waivers, on the basis of past record and future potential as professional art historians. Each recipient works ten hours per week for the department, either assisting a professor or working in the Art History Media Center, the department office, or the Museum of Fine Arts.
Doctoral applicants are automatically considered for teaching assistantships with full tuition waivers for a minimum of three years. Applicants may also be nominated by the department for prestigious University fellowships offered each year to a select number of incoming graduate students with outstanding scholastic records. Please note that although our final application deadline is April 1, PhD applications must be received by January 1 to be eligible for University fellowships.
The following department awards are available to all doctoral students. Application information and forms are on the department Blackboard site. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more information. The FSU Graduate School also offers advanced doctoral fellowships to support dissertation research.
- Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grant
This grant provides up to $1,000 annually to cover the costs of conference registration, travel and lodging for doctoral students giving papers at scholarly conferences. The application should name the conference, provide the title of the paper to be presented and detail expected costs and should be accompanied by evidence that the paper has been accepted (e.g., an acceptance letter or a copy of the program). Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- Friends of Art History Dissertation Research Award
Up to $1,000 to cover the cost of travel and living expenses to conduct research for a Ph.D. dissertation. Available to doctoral students whose dissertation prospectus has been approved. The application should detail progress on the dissertation to date, explain the need to travel and provide an itemized budget of projected expenses. The award may be held once. Applications are accepted in the spring.
- Gerson Medieval Doctoral Research Grant
Up to $2,000 to support doctoral research for students working in the area of Medieval Art History (Western European or Byzantine). Applications should be submitted to the department chair and are considered on a rolling basis, and must address the proposed research plan and proposed expenditures in detail. Research funded by the grant must be completed no more than 12 months prior to or after the date of the award. Recipients may receive the award once annually. About the Grant.
- International Programs Teaching Appointment
Each summer, the department may appoint up to two doctoral students to teach in Italy on the FSU International Programs Florence campus. These TAs are each responsible for teaching a single section of ARH 2000 – Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision for one of two six-week summer sessions. Round-trip airfare, housing, health insurance, and a stipend of $2,000 are provided. Doctoral students in good standing should express their interest in this position to the department chair in the form of a CV and a letter that details teaching qualifications, prior travel experience, and how the opportunity will help advance their research. Applications are due by September 21.
- Mason Dissertation Research Award
Up to $5,000 to cover the cost of travel and living expenses to conduct research for a Ph.D. dissertation. Available to doctoral students whose dissertation prospectus has been approved. The application should detail progress on the dissertation to date, explain the need to travel, and provide an itemized budget of projected expenses. The award may be held once. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring.