Competitive fellowships are offered for master’s degree students in Art History and Art History and Museum Studies. Among our largest awards are named fellowships: Barbato Fellowships and the Keithley Fellowship. These fellows receive full tuition support and a $15,000 stipend, with the requirement to work as a teaching assistant or research assistant during the fellowship period. Additionally, up to one Cleveland Museum of Art Fellowship is offered each year. The MA student holding this fellowship works in a relevant department at the CMA rather than as a research or teaching assistant. Other fellowships of varying amounts are also offered by the department. We enroll several new doctoral students each year, offering a financial aid package of full tuition and a $25,000 a year stipend, for five years. Doctoral students work as teaching and research assistants in years one and two, and as interns at the CMA in the third year of the fellowship.
PhD students are eligible for the moneys from the newly established Sarah and Walter Gibson Endowment Fund. The fund can be used for research travel to collections, archives, museums, libraries, and objects in situ. During these years of limited travel, we allow this funding to be used for language study and/or acquisition of study materials that are otherwise difficult to obtain.
MA and PhD students presenting papers at national and international conferences are eligible to apply for money from the Olszewski Travel Fund. The Carolyn Carr Travel and Research Fund also helps support students. Funding from the departmental budget might also be available to defray some expenses related to their travel. MA students are reimbursed annually for $150.00 of conference and/or research travel; PhD students are reimbursed annually for $300.00 of conference and/or research travel.
In order to apply for all the above funds, students are required to write to the department’s chair, DGS, and administrator, providing a detailed budget along with the request for funding. If approved, the travel will be reimbursed based on submitted receipts, pending availability. In the cases of the Gibson, Olszewski and Carr funds, students are strongly encouraged to send hard-copy thank-you
notes, describing what the funds supported.
Departmental budget funding: at the beginning of May, students may inquire about additional funding pending the availability of departmental funds; please keep your receipts! You must have the chair’s and the DGS’s approval to apply for these funds. They vary considerably from year to year and are not guaranteed.
PLEASE NOTE: Before submitting an abstract for a conference, students are required to secure their advisor’s approval; in case MA students do not have a disciplinary advisor, they must secure the DGS’s permission. Students are required to present a run-through to the department faculty in advance of the conference, particularly including their advisor(s) (not necessarily within the framework of Art Talks). If the student gives the same paper twice in different venues, they do not need to do two separate run-throughs. The departmental funding listed above is contingent on students giving a practice talk in advance of their actual presentation.
Graduate Student Travel Award:
“The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is pleased to sponsor a program designed, in part, to facilitate mentorship between graduate students and faculty mentors. SGS will provide funds to sponsor full-time graduate student enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies to attend conferences at which a paper or poster will be presented. Academic departments are required to contribute funds, a 50/50 match, to demonstrate support of the application. The maximum matching contribution from SGS is $500 for travel within the United States and $1,000 for travel outside of the United States in support of conference-related expenses such as registration, lodging, meals, and transportation. The applicant is responsible for making the necessary travel arrangements. Applications must be approved by a faculty member who serves as a mentor to the student applicant and should include a brief description of that relationship (research agenda extension, joint or co-authorship, etc.). Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to budgetary considerations. You will receive an email indicating a complete submission.”
The Verhosek Fund:
The V-Fund provides funds to assist graduate students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies with financial expenses encountered while presenting at a conference or other academic event.
1. Applicant must be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies as a full- or part-time, degree-seeking student.
2. Applicant must have completed at least twelve (12) credit hours of graduate-level
3. Applicant must make either an oral or poster presentation at the conference/event for which s/he is requesting V-Fund support.
4. Application must be completed no later than sixty (60) days after the conference/event.
An application can be submitted prior to travel if original receipts are available. This award can be used to support conference-related expenses such as registration, lodging, meals, and transportation
The Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship:
“The Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fund helps women graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and/or women students in the School of Graduate Studies extend their education by foreign study or foreign travel, or both. It may be used any time during the twelve months following graduation, or, in the case of graduate students, in the twelve months following the current academic year. Recipients of the fellowship must report on the completed project with reasonable documentary evidence of major expenditures. Award Amount: The amounts of the fellowships vary, but generally range from $1,000-$3,500. Additional information and application may be obtained by contacting the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at 216.368.2928.”
Phi Beta Kappa Research Grants (deadline: April 15):
The Case Western Reserve University Alpha of Ohio chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society sponsors research grants reaching up to a few hundred dollars to support student research projects.
• Actively enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences
• Research proposal related to a student’s academic work
• Funds must be used for a well-defined aspect of a student’s project including specialized
equipment, supplies, travel, etc.
• Statement of the proposed use of funding
• Brief description of the research project
• Itemized budget for the amount requested
• Letter of support from a faculty sponsor
Graduate Affiliates Program:
Award: $500 Stipend
“Applications are invited for the Graduate Affiliates Program for support for work in progress in the humanities. Graduate Affiliates will deliver one public presentation in the Center on their work-in-progress and will be expected to attend presentations by other Graduate and Faculty Affiliates. Affiliates will also submit a brief written report at the end of their terms.”
Graduate Research Grants:
Maximum Award: $500
“Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year. The Center offers a limited number of competitive grants to graduate students to help defray expenses associated with MA thesis and dissertation research but not covered by departmental funding.”