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Victoria Sunnergren participates in the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History. (Photograph courtesy of Victoria Sunnergren)

The Department of Art History, the Graduate College and several University units and outside agencies offer a number of graduate fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and tuition scholarships. All of these awards are determined each spring by means of competitive application. ​

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Departmental Funding

Graduate F​​ellowships, Teaching and Research Assistantships

Applicants for admission to the program must indicate their wish to be considered for financial aid with their application. Continuing stu​dents in the program must indicate their request for financial aid in the coming year by February 1st. All graduate fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships offered by the Department are accompanied by a grant of the full cost of tuition and include a stipend. Tuition scholarships carry no stipend. For more information about our financial support policy, see the Graduate Program's Rules and Regulations.

Global Dissertation Devel​opment Grants

Global Dissertation Deve​lopment Grants are primarily intended for students who have completed their Ph.D. exams and language requirements and are beginning to develop their dissertation proposal. It may also support students already researching and writing their dissertations. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with a maximum of one award per student during their career in the Department. The maximum grant is $4,000, which may be used as a stipend or to offset travel expenses anywhere in the world: Europe, Africa, Asia or in the Americas, including the United States.

Summer Internship Program at the Biggs Museum of American Ar​​​t

​​With the generous support of the McGuigan Collection​, the Department of Art History can offer up to two funded summer internships at a renowned private art collection that will provide hands-on experience in archival research, collections management, conservation or digitization work.​

Lynn Herrick Sharp Curatorial Fellowship

This program places a Ph.D. student from the University of Delaware in the Curatorial Department of the Delaware Art Museum (DelArt) for approximately 20 hours per week during the academic year. The stipend for the Fellowship is $25,000 per academic year for two consecutive academic years. Details and application instructions are circulated every two years in the spring semester.

Dissertation Writing Support

Students in their final year of dissertation writing may also apply to the Sewell C. Biggs Dissertation Writing Award in Art History and Preservation Studies. A call for applications is circulated in the spring semester.

Research and Conference Travel Grants

Our Department also provide some support for graduate students who are presenting papers at scholarly conferences, or conducting dissertation research with primary materials away from the University campus. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be submitted at least one month prior to the beginning of travel. Applications are competitive and should be made using the forms provided by the Department office. For more information about departmental travel grants regulations, see the Graduate Program's Rules and Regulations. To apply go to our Forms for Graduate Students. We also encourage students to seek other travel support opportunities, through the Graduate College or other external agencies.

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University Support

Graduate College Competitive Awards

Every year UD's Graduate College offers the following fellowships and awards that require departmental nomination:

  • University Doctoral Fellowship: one-year fellowships awarded to students enrolled in at least their third year of doctoral study at UD at the time of nomination on the basis of academic achievement and progress since being admitted to the doctoral program.
  • University Graduate Scholars Award: awarded to US citizens, permanent residents, or students approved for DACA status, on the basis of academic achievement, as well as membership in racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the discipline, documented disability or chronic medical conditions; evidence of financial need; first-generation college student; or unexpected extenuating personal circumstances and hardships.
  • University Dissertation Fellowship: in support of PhD students in their final year of completing a dissertation. ​

Graduate students can also apply directly to these other opportunities:

  • Summer Doctoral Fellowship: up to $4,500 to cover summer expenses related to off-campus training opportunities related to dissertation research, internships or traineeships.
  • Graduate Student Travel Award: up to $1,500 to support travel for academic activities, including research, presentations, exhibitions or performance and professional development related to their program of study.
  • Unidel Louise Roselle Collections-Based Research Travel Award: up to $4500 in summer support for students' research travel to libraries, archives and museums worldwide. Priority is given to proposals related to doctoral dissertation and master's thesis research, and internship placements.
  • UD Collection-Based Research Grant Program: up to $300 for doctoral and Master's students to support short-term collection-based research travel. More information about the Graduate College's Competitive Awards can be found in the College website.​

Center for Material Culture Studie's Opportunities

The CMCS offers a limited number of $4500 ten-week DELPHI summer fellowships to M.A. and Ph.D. students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences pursuing research in material culture studies at the University of Delaware. The DELPHI fellowships aim to support material culture research while also promoting public engagement in the interpretation and preservation of our cultural heritage.

The Center also provides funding to graduate students through these programs:

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External Awards

External Fellowships​​ by Departmental Nomination

Each year our Department nominates several students for these competitive external fellowships:

Other External O​​​pportunities

We also encourage our students to apply for outside aid. Below is a partial list of external grants and fellowships that are open to all students and to which you can apply on your own. Be aware that the Department, and especially your primary advisor, can offer you valuable assistance in formulating your application. Note: Deadlines listed below are approximate and may change from year to year:

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Other Useful Sites and Databases

Students must be aware that there are many grant and fellowship opportunities besides the ones listed above, and may want to consult the following sites to find grants suitable to their specific fields:

CAA Online Career Center

Council of Gra​duate Schools

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