Scholarships / SoA Graduate Support

Graduate Funding & Opportunities

The SoA+AH+D attracts outstanding students in art, art history, and design by building competitive financial packages for our top graduate student applicants.

Different types of recruitment packages – combinations of scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistantships – are offered to qualified students in the first year of study.

No additional application is required for this funding. All applicants to our MFA, MDes, MA, and PhD programs are automatically considered, including international applicants.

A sample recruitment package for an incoming MA student might include one, two or three quarters of tuition waiver and stipend for their first year of study.

For an MFA or MDes student the package could include a one quarter TA position (tuition waiver plus stipend) and two quarters of fellowship (tuition scholarship plus stipend) during their first year of study.

Additional funding for the second year of study or beyond is awarded on the basis of funding availability and other factors, including student evaluations and faculty approval.

Graduate scholarships and fellowships are funded in part from the following endowments:
Jane & David Davis Endowed Fellowship in Art, Boyer & Elizabeth Bole Gonzales Fund, Jacob & Gwendolyn Lawrence Endowed Art Fund, Louis & Katherine Marsh Art Fund, Bruce C. McCready Endowed Memorial, Lloyd W. Nordstrom Art Scholarship, Kenneth L. Striker Scholarship, Olive F. Lockitch Endowed Fund, Ruth E. Penington Endowed Art Scholarship, and the UW Graduate School.

TA / RA Positions

The School offers quarterly teaching and research assistantships—independent of recruitment packages—to current students on the basis of funding availability and other factors, including student evaluations and faculty approval.

Awards & Grants

SoA+AH+D Teaching & Graduating with Excellence Awards
These awards were created to acknowledge students whose academic achievements, creative and teaching excellence, and outstanding performance in the School and at the University of Washington put them at the top of their class. Eligible graduate students are nominated for these awards by their faculty in Spring quarter. Recipients are honored at the School’s Graduation Celebration in June.

SoA+AH+D Graduate Research & Recognition Awards
These awards support graduate students who are involved in promising program research or who have received recognition by off-campus or out-of-state organizations or events for achievement in their field of study at the UW. Funds are awarded to support the expenses involved for the student to either further research or to participate in receipt of recognition. Students may apply each quarter; recipients are determined by program faculty.
Art History: Pell Research + Recognition Awards
• Design: Striker Research + Recognition Awards
• Painting + Drawing, 3D4M, or Photomedia: Jacob Lawrence Research + Recognition Awards

Pilchuck Summer Scholarship
Pilchuck Glass School and the SoA+AH+D offer a combined scholarship to cover the cost of a summer course at Pilchuck Glass School. Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate majors are eligible to apply. Application for Summer 2016 is now closed. Application for Summer 2017 will open in December 2016.

Other UW Financial Resources

Fellowships and Assistantships for graduate students.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups.

UW tuition information: rates, due dates and more.

Office of Student Financial Aid: Central point on campus with information about need-based financial aid, application dates, forms, work study and more.

Jobs: view listings of work study jobs or look at HuskyJobs for a variety of other jobs and internships.


Room 104, Art Building
Mailing Address



Drop-ins: Mon–Thu, 9am–3pm


Mon–Fri, 8am-4pm


Undergrad Advising:
Graduate Advising:
phone: 206-543-0646
fax: 206-685-1657


Judi Clark, Elizabeth Copland,
Ann Langford-Fuchs, Laura Todd


Katherine Gold, Catherine Ruha