Graduate Funding + Opportunities
We attract outstanding graduate students in art, art history, and design by building competitive financial packages for our top 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 the first year of study
For an incoming 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) for the 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 support 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.
In addition, tutors are hired for some of our classes, and those positions are advertised to our own students. We pay tutors $16.32/hour.
Awards + Grants
Teaching + Graduating with Excellence Awards
These annual awards 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 by their faculty in Spring quarter. Recipients are honored at the School’s Graduation Celebration in June.
Graduate Research + Recognition Awards
Our graduate students are involved in exciting program research and often receive recognition by off-campus organizations for achievement in their field of study. These awards support the expenses involved for the student to either further research or to participate in recognition events:
- Art History - Pell Research + Recognition Awards - students may apply each quarter
- Design - Design Travel Awards - students may apply each quarter
- Painting + Drawing, 3D4M, or Photomedia - Gonzales Research + Recognition Awards - recipients are determined by program faculty
Pilchuck Summer Scholarship
The renowned Pilchuck Glass School partners with us to offer a combined scholarship that covers the cost of a summer course at Pilchuck. Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate majors in the School are eligible to apply. Application for Pilchuck Summer 2019 is now closed.
Other UW Financial Resources
- UW Office of Student Financial Aid
- Fellowships and assistantships for graduate students
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)
- UW Tuition information: tuition rates, due dates and more
- Work study jobs
- Jobs/Internships through UW Career & Internship Center