The graduate program offers financial assistance on a competitive basis; the major criteria for awarding fellowships and other financial aid are academic excellence and scholarly promise, but need is also taken into consideration.
Students aspiring to pursue their PhD at CWRU should expect the program to be highly selective, object-oriented in all phases of work, and accelerated in pace. For 2013 we anticipate enrolling three students, offering a financial aid package of full tuition and a $25,000 a year stipend, for five years. Doctoral students will work as teaching and research assistants in years one, two, and four, and as interns at the CMA in their third year of the fellowship.
Competitive fellowships are also offered for master’s degree students in Art History and Art History and Museum Studies. Our highest awards, the Barbato Fellowships, are given to 1-4 entering MA students a year. These fellows received full tuition support and a $15,000 stipend, with the requirement to work as a teaching assistant or research assistant during the fellowship period. Up to one Cleveland Museum of Art Fellowship is offered each year, which requires a separate statement of application. The MA student holding this fellowship works in a curatorial department at the CMA rather than as a research or teaching assistant. In addition to the standard application to the graduate program, applicants for the Cleveland Museum of Art Fellowship should provide an additional essay outlining their interest in this museum fellowship and their qualifications for it. A committee of art history faculty and Cleveland Museum of Art professionals will choose the finalist among the applicants. Other fellowships of varying amounts are also offered by the department.
Information on student loans and work study programs is available from the Financial Aid Office, Yost Hall, Room 417A, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7049, phone: 216-368-4530.
Research and travel money is available on a competitive basis to enrolled graduate students. Requests should be submitted in writing to the departmental chair. Students who are delivering papers at the annual meetings of the College Art Association, the Midwest Art History Society and other professional meetings and graduate student symposia are normally given priority.
Pancoast Fellowships are available through the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies for women graduate students to fund travel and study abroad. Recent awardees in the Department of Art History and Art have taken summer language programs in Amsterdam, Florence, and Utrecht, conducted qualifing paper or dissertation research in Poland, England, and Belgium, and attended a course on Dutch and Flemish art in the collections of St. Petersburg, Russia.