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 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 for information and applications), graduate students do not apply directly for Central Campus Fellowships .
- 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 (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the March 2 deadline for the upcoming year. The code for UCSB is 001320.
Many campus centers and departments offer funding specifically for UCSB graduate students. The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts 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 lists information about and links to relevant campus websites for full application materials and deadlines of other campus fellowships and funding.
The Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy 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 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 (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.
The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) , a multicampus research unit, provides both short and long term funding opportunities for graduate students, including The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship .
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 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 .
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: 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: 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: 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.
- Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Research Fellowships, Freie Universität: Ten- to twelve-month fellowship for dissertation research and participation in Program events and colloquia.
- Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships: Nine-month Getty residency to complete dissertations related to the annual research theme, either at the Research Institute or Getty Villa, and work with the Getty collections.
- Craft Research Fund Graduate Grant, The Center for Craft: Grant created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States.
- Fulbright Fellowships: Travel and long-term fellowships (including language training, book and research allowances, and living expenses).
NOTE: All current graduate students applying to the Fulbright Program must participate in the internal campus selection process.
See Graduate Division for UCSB Fulbright information and program binder.
- Getty Library Research Grants: Provides partial, short-term support for researchers requiring the use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute (GRI).
- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships: One year of support for advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation research and writing.
- Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art: One-year fellowships for graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States.
- Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: 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: 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.
- Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
- *Carter Manny Awards, Graham Foundation: 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.
- The Huntington Short-Term Fellowships: 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: 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: 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: 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.
- CAA Professional Development Fellowships for Graduate Students: 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 Met Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture: 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.
- Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship: 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: 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.
- The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History Predoctoral Fellowships: 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: Annual grant for Ph.D. candidates to support overseas travel and advanced dissertation research and scholarship of the arts of East Asia.
- Havner Curatorial Summer Internship, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Interns work one on one with a curatorial team member and assist with exhibition projects and develop interpretation for and research on objects in the collection. Interns are expected to work with the full scope of the collection, which spans the 18th century through today.
- Getty Foundation Graduate Internships: Eight- or twelve-month internships at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or the Getty Villa in Malibu, in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, and grantmaking.
- Chateaubriand Fellowships, Humanities & Social Sciences: Four- or eight-month fellowships for doctoral research in France.
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History: A two-year term, the Andrew W. Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow works as a public historian for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in LGBTQ+ and gender history, and have an interest in public history.
- Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars: Grants offer US-based scholars, including doctoral students, working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad for projects that require the study of materials outside the United States.
- Terra Summer Residency Fellowship, Giverny, France: A nine-week residential program in Giverny that encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists. Includes stipend, on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency.
- The Anne L. Poulet Predoctoral Curatorial Fellowships, Frick Collection: A two-year predoctoral fellowship for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship offers curatorial training and the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation.
- Winterthur Research Fellowship Program: Residential research fellowships include 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships and 1–3 month short-term fellowships in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
- The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme: One-year fellowships to train a new generation of museum professionals to become inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of art and history. The focus of a candidate's research should relate to the varied holdings of the Rijksmuseum’s collection.
- Tyson Scholars of American Art Program, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Residential fellowships support full-time writing and research for terms that range from six weeks to nine months. Scholars may be focused on any field relating to American art, including architecture, craft, material culture, performance art, and new media.
- Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grants: Short-term grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month and includes a stipend plus transportation costs.
- Research Residencies, Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities, Naples: A nine-month residency, including lodging and work space at La Capraia and a stipend, and privileged access to collections and research resources at Capodimonte, and access to other sites, collections, and research materials as needed.
- Paul Mellon Centre Grants and Fellowships: Funding opportunities for students in the advanced stages of their doctoral research in the field of British art and architectural history to pursue further study in the United Kingdom based at the Paul Mellon Centre.
- UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies Graduate Fellowships: One- to three-month fellowships to support research in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
- Holt/Smithson Research Fellowships: Fellowship program open to graduate students, recent college graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, artists, early career museum professionals, and Holt and Smithson scholars working towards a specific publication, exhibition, or project.
- The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture: Lump-sum grants for both dissertation development and advanced student dissertation cost defrayal of research-related expenses.
- Bancroft Library Study Fellowship: A year-long fellowship to graduate students from any campus of the University of California who are conducting research that would benefit from the use of source materials in The Bancroft Library.
- Windgate Museum Internship, The Center for Craft: An eight-month museum internship for students with an interest in education and curating contemporary studio craft.
- Center for the History of Collecting Fellowships, Frick Collection: The Center offers a short-term junior fellowship (8–10 weeks) for graduate and pre-doctoral students granted for Summer/Fall (July–December).
- Joan and Stanford Alexander Dissertation Award: Grants of $5,000 each to two doctoral candidates who are working on dissertations that concentrate on photography.
- The Library Company of Philadelphia Short Term Fellowships: 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: 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: Lump-sum grant to enable graduate students to travel to London to pursue research projects related to the work of Sir John Soane or Sir John Soane's Museum and its collections.
- Marcia Brady Tucker Fellowship, Department of American Decorative Arts: A two-year, full-time position providing curatorial experience to an emerging scholar of American decorative arts who is considering a museum profession.
- The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin: 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.
- Francis Haskell Memorial Fund Scholarships: 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.