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Graduate Support

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MFA graduate Ryan Weatherly's painting at the Henry Art Gallery; photo by Sam Cook

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.

Recruitment Packages

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.

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 - Striker Research & Recognition Awards  - recipients are determined by program faculty
  • Painting & Drawing, 3D4M, or Photomedia -  Jacob Lawrence 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 are eligible to apply. Application for Summer 2017 will open in December 2016.

Other UW Financial Resources

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