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 FAFSALink 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 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 in a new window, 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 Link opens in a new window.

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, VeniceLink 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 MuseumLink 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 GrantsLink 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.



  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship ProgramLink 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 FellowshipsLink 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.
  • Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and GrantsLink 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) GrantsLink 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 FellowshipLink 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) ProgramLink 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 ArtLink 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.
  • *Carter Manny Awards, Graham FoundationLink 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.
  • The Huntington Short-Term FellowshipsLink 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 FellowshipsLink 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 FellowshipLink 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 BibliographyLink 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.



  • Havner Curatorial Summer Internship, Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtLink opens an external site: 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 InternshipsLink opens an external site: 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 SciencesLink opens an external site: Four- or eight-month fellowships for doctoral research in France.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s HistoryLink opens an external site: 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 ScholarsLink opens an external site: 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, FranceLink opens an external site: 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 CollectionLink opens an external site: 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 ProgramLink opens an external site: 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 ProgrammeLink opens an external site: 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 ArtLink opens an external site: 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 GrantsLink opens an external site: 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, NaplesLink opens an external site: 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 FellowshipsLink opens an external site: 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.





  • The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at AustinLink 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.


  • Francis Haskell Memorial Fund ScholarshipsLink 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.

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