Continuing Student Funding

Competition for outside funding can be fierce, but graduate students in our department have received research grants from several highly competitive programs. Remember that a smaller pool of candidates can increase your chances of success. Searching for smaller fellowships, including fellowships offered by local organizations such as Rotary Clubs, can be well worth the trouble. The UCSB Graduate Division Link opens in a new window offers more general guides to funding as well as campus resources, while the selected external grants listed below contains descriptions and links for several of the major fellowships in art and architectural history. For more ideas, look at the list of our graduate students who have won awards recently or ask at our office.

Internal Grants and Fellowships

Graduate Division Continuing Fellowships

Except for a selection of continuing fellowships (listed below; visit Graduate Academic Forms and Petitions Link opens in a new window for information and applications), graduate students do not apply directly for Central Campus Fellowships Link opens in a new window.

  • Broida-Hirschfelder Dissertation Award
  • Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship
  • Olivia Long Converse Graduate Fellowship
  • James D. Kline Fund for International Studies Award
  • Humanities / Social Science Research Grant

Central fellowship awards are based on nomination by departments and review by a central faculty fellowship committee. Note that under the terms and conditions of central campus fellowships, all domestic students are required to file a FAFSA Link opens an external site (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the March 2 deadline for the upcoming year. The code for UCSB is 001320.

Campus Fellowships

Many campus centers and departments offer funding specifically for UCSB graduate students. The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts Link opens in a new window promotes research and teaching for its graduate students and students in the department have been particularly successful in securing funding from the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research. Additionally, UCSB Graduate Division Link opens in a new window lists information about and links to relevant campus websites for full application materials and deadlines of other campus fellowships and funding.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Link opens in a new window offers dissertation fellowships to support UCSB doctoral candidates whose research facilitates dialogue across the traditional disciplinary boundaries within the arts and humanities and/or between the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. In addition to making a significant contribution to current scholarship and research practices, proposed projects should seek to frame their questions, methods, and modes of inquiry with reference to two or more established disciplines/fields of study and/or foster the development of new objects, areas of study, and ways of producing, presenting, and disseminating knowledge.

The Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy Link opens in a new window supports one or more fellowship stipends each year for outstanding graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Science) whose research or programs of study advance the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy.

UCSB's Center for Taiwan Studies Link opens in a new window offers two graduate student research grants. The Graduate Student Summer Dissertation Research Grant supports dissertation research in Taiwan Studies through pre-doctoral intensive summer research or advanced language training in Taiwan. The Mainstreaming Taiwan Studies Research Grant supports graduate research that includes Taiwan Studies components that bring cultural studies of Taiwan into the mainstream of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. Both grants are open to all graduate students currently-enrolled in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UCSB who pursue a M.A. or Ph.D. project with a substantial Taiwan component.

The Chicano Studies Institute Link opens in a new window (CSI) at UCSB facilitates Dissertation Research Awards for Ph.D students whose research addresses social and/or environmental justice topics affecting Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities and who have advanced to candidacy.  Additionally, the CSI distributes information about upcoming funding opportunities that align with its mission.

UC Fellowships

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Link opens an external site, a multicampus research unit, provides both short and long term funding opportunities for graduate students who participate in innovative research and projects that engage a variety of disciplines and stakeholders, including for dissertation support and The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship Link opens in a new window.

The Alice Ross Carey Fellowship, Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley Link opens an external site is open to doctoral students in any related discipline who are currently engaged in dissertation research.

Travel Fellowships

Travel fellowships are specifically designed to assist graduate students in offsetting travel costs incurred while presenting papers at conferences. These are available through both UCSB's Graduate Division Link opens in a new window as well as through the department. Students must apply for travel monies from Graduate Division first before submitting a written request to the department. For details on how to apply, check the current Graduate Program Handbook Link opens in a PDF reader.

Selected External Grants, By Application Due Date

NOTE: Those grants marked with an *asterisk require nomination from the Department in order to apply.


  • The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice Link opens an external site: Eleven residential scholarships for Ph.D. students to spend two months at the Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture to access archives and documents held in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Note: students must not be over 40 years old by the application submission deadline.
  • Toward Equity in Publishing, Smithsonian American Art Museum Link opens an external site: A professional development writing program to foster excellence and diversity in the field of American art scholarship through editorial mentorship and workshops that help early-career art historians revise manuscripts for submission and publication.
  • Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles Research Grants Link opens an external site: Grant awarded to researchers working in the field of human sciences and projects relating to the following themes: methods of exercising power; the structure and functioning of parish institutions; practices, attitudes and male figures; representations of power; palaces and gardens, with a time frame that is broad in scope (from 16th-19th century) with a strong geographical focus on the courts of Europe.
  • Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship Link opens an external site: Fellowship for advanced graduate student research focusing on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture, including colonial architecture produced by the Spaniards in the Philippines and what is today the United States. The applicant must be a current member of SAH.



  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program Link opens an external site: Ten-week pre-ABD Graduate Student Fellowships or three- to twelve-month post-ABD Predoctoral Student Fellowships to conduct independent study and research related to Smithsonian Institution collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one on-site advisor.
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships Link opens an external site: One-year fellowships in the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research.
  • Getty Graduate Internship Program Link opens an external site: Provides training and work experience in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, web and new media, public programs, digital projects, and grantmaking.
  • Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants Link opens an external site: Year-long Junior Fellowships and short-term Pre-Doctoral Residencies and Summer Fellowships in Byzantine, Precolumbian, and Garden and Landscape studies.
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Grants Link opens an external site: Both short- and long-term research grants for highly qualified students to conduct research or complete a program of additional studies at a German institute of higher education.
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship Link opens an external site: Year-long support for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before research and writing are advanced, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy.
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program Link opens an external site: Six to twelve months of support to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research about US Indigenous or non-US cultures and societies.
  • The Met Leonard A. Lauder Fellowship in Modern Art Link opens an external site: A 24-month predoctoral fellowship in The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art for scholars of modernism to conduct focused research on a dissertation, to encourage new directions in the broader field of modern art, architecture, design, and visual culture around the world, while contributing to the activities and programs of the Research Center.
  • The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin Link opens an external site: Dissertation fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections, which support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.
  • *Carter Manny Awards, Graham Foundation Link opens an external site: Two doctoral dissertation awards — a research award for a student at the research stage and a writing award for a student at the writing stage — for projects devoted to architecture.
  • CAA Professional Development Fellowships In Art History Link opens an external site: Supports graduate students in art, architecture, and/or design who are conducting research in their final year to complete their Ph.D. The awards will be given to multicultural art historians and art historians from underrepresented groups and from culturally diverse communities.
  • The Huntington Short-Term Fellowships Link opens an external site: Up to five months of support to advanced doctoral candidates for dissertation research in their archival and rare book collections.
  • *CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts) Predoctoral Fellowships Link opens an external site: Pre-doctoral fellowships, ranging from one year of support to combinations of two and three years of support, usually including one year in residence at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Fellowships cover Western and Non-Western fields.
  • *Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellowship Link opens an external site: Two-year research appointment in association with one of six foreign host institutions for pre-doctoral students in the history of European art with an interest in art museum education and curating.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography Link opens an external site: Yearly fellowship for Ph.D. candidates including tuition waivers for two Rare Book School courses, funding to attend the Society's Annual Meeting and Orientation, funds to organize symposia at home institutions, and an option to attend a bibliographical field school to visit libraries, archives, and collections in New York City.
  • Meadows Museum Center for Spain in America (CSA) Curatorial Fellowship Link opens an external site: One-year position to support research into all periods of Spanish art and offer scholars unique opportunities to examine art of the Hispanic world, both in the museum's world-renowned collection and with partner institutions around the globe. The position also offers candidates seeking a museum career valuable professional skills as a part of our curatorial team.


  • The Met Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture Link opens an external site: Twelve month fellowships in various subcategories included within the Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture, as determined by the Museum’s Grants Committee depending on the applicant’s specific, independent research project that makes use of the Museum's collection and resources.
  • Morgan-Menil Research Fellowship Link opens an external site: A three to nine month research fellowship to support independent projects on some aspect of the history, theory, interpretation, or cultural meaning of drawing throughout the history of art. Preference will be given to projects that would benefit from the resources of the Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection.
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Link opens an external site: CAORC Fellowships enable U.S. doctoral candidates, who are ABD, to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in two or more countries outside the U.S. across the network of Overseas Research Centers as well as other countries.
  • Middlebury Language Schools Kress Fellowships Link opens an external site: Five merit-based fellowships offered for graduate students in art history with a proposed focus on European art history or graduate students studying art conservation.
  • Menil Drawing Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Link opens an external site: Nine-month fellowship for Ph.D. candidates who are pursuing a doctorate in art history whose work pertains to the study of modern and contemporary drawing practices.
  • The Center for Italian Modern Art Fellowships Link opens an external site: Fellowships support the study of Italian modern and contemporary art by scholars of all nationalities, with the intention of bringing together emerging scholars from diverse academic backgrounds in an interactive and collaborative environment at CIMA’s New York location. Scholars will pursue their own research and study as well as work on a “study topic” related to CIMA’s installations.
  • The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History Predoctoral Fellowships Link opens an external site: Funding two to three years to join a group of junior scholars working on one of the topics and to participate in the institute’s activities.
  • The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies Doctoral Grant Link opens an external site: Annual grant for Ph.D. candidates to support overseas travel and advanced dissertation research and scholarship of the arts of East Asia.
  • Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of SAH Archipedia and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia Link opens an external site: An annual fellowship to support graduate student participation in the research and writing of content for SAH Archipedia. Proposed content must be related to some aspect of American architecture and/or urbanism prior to 1860, which may include Indigenous, Spanish Colonial, and/or African American topics.
  • International Fellowship Program, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Link opens an external site: For international researchers, especially early career scholars, to conduct research at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin for up to three months. The program supports projects that are directly related with the institutions and collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and allows researchers to establish professional contacts at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.




  • The Library Company of Philadelphia Short Term Fellowships Link opens an external site: One-month fellowships to support dissertation research in residence at the Library Company and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania on subjects relevant to its collections.
  • The Library Company of Philadelphia Dissertation Fellowships Link opens an external site: Four- or nine-month fellowships to support dissertation research in residence at the Library Company and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania on subjects relevant to its collections, or for scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900.
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Graduate Fellowships Link opens an external site: One award for graduate students that funds a research residency at the Soane Museum oriented towards academic research related to any aspect of the work of Sir John Soane or Sir John Soane’s Museum and its collections.



  • Francis Haskell Memorial Fund Scholarships Link opens an external site: Grants enable scholars to visit libraries or archives for research in the history of western art. Preference may be given to subjects related to the commissioning, collecting or interpretation of works of art made before 1914; and to research carried out outside the applicant’s country of residence.


  • Association of Print Scholars Publication Grant Link opens an external site: The grant supports the publication of innovative scholarly research about printmaking across all time periods and geographic regions and carries a maximum award of $2,000. Proposed projects should be feature-length articles, online publications or essays, exhibition catalogues, or books, which are nearing completion and publication.


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