Department Grants

The Department of Art History competitively awards grants to graduate students for language study, dissertation research, and dissertation writing. Drawing on a number of endowed funds, these grants supplement or extend the five-year fellowship package all students receive. Applications are typically due in early May and are announced soon thereafter.

Michael Camille Memorial Fund

Donated by colleagues and friends in honor of a former faculty member to support creative research and scholarship in either the art of the Middle Ages or issues of gender and sexuality in the visual arts.

Chagall Fellowship

Given by the American Friends of the Chagall Biblical Message Museum for summer travel and study in France. Recipients are expected to visit the Chagall Museum in Nice during the fellowship tenure.

Dowley Scholarship Fund

Named for a former faculty member, open to art history graduate students for dissertation research/write-up or language study.

Feitler Prize for Best Dissertation

Awarded for the best dissertation defended in the previous calendar year.

Hannah Gray Traveling Fellowship

Honoring a former faculty member and University president, donated to provide dissertation research funding for students studying European art in the period 1400­–1700.

Lipman Fellowship

Given in memory of a former student at the University by his daughter for dissertation write-up or research travel.

Liu Cong Memorial Award

In honor of a former graduate student in Chinese art, awarded every spring to a graduate scholar at the University for outstanding contributions to the study of the art and visual culture of Asia.

Edward Maser Fellowship

Given by Inge Maser in honor of Edward Maser to support graduate students studying Baroque art and, secondarily, to support graduate students studying the decorative arts.

Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship in Archaeology

Awarded annually by the Ryerson Fellowship Committee to graduate students who are studying Greek and Roman archaeology.  Students may apply for travel grants, pre-dissertation grants, or dissertation year write-up fellowships. The dissertation year write-up fellowship is a final year (sometimes also called 6th year) of funding to enable a student to focus full time on the completion of the dissertation.  In the absence of qualified candidates who are studying Greek and Roman archaeology, fellowship funds will be available to graduate students who are studying Near Eastern archaeology.

Robert L. and Mrs. Louise C. Scranton Travel Fellowship

Named for a former faculty member, available for pre-dissertation and dissertation research, with preference for classical art.

Joseph Shapiro Fellowship

Given by friends of Mr. Shapiro for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in the US or abroad.

Kathleen J. Shelton Memorial Traveling Fellowship

Given in memory of a past faculty member for study and travel abroad at the pre-dissertation stage. Preference will be given to students with little or no travel experience in the country of proposed research.

Smart Foundation Fund

Established in honor of the Smart Family to sponsor critically important pre-dissertation and dissertation research.

Joel Snyder Research Fellowship

Honoring a faculty member, for dissertation travel in the US or abroad.

Joshua Taylor Fellowship

Given in memory of a former faculty member for art history graduate student fellowships.

Angela Volan Memorial Fund

In honor of a graduate of the PhD program and scholar of Byzantine art, to support graduate student research travel and related activities.