Funding Opportunities

Graduate Scholarships 
and Fellowships

Each year, MA and MFA students received a total of over $200,000 in support through scholarships and fellowships. Each year, the department awards assistantships and fellowships to entering and continuing MA and MFA students. Both MA and MFA candidates are eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships, including tuition, salary, and stipend. MFA candidates are eligible for the Morris Louis Fellowship, awarded annually, for full funding and stipend. Additional departmental assistantships and awards range from approximately $3,000 to $15,000 per year.

Incoming MA Art History students are eligible for a number of scholarships, based on merit and need. For a list of available fellowship opportunities, please visit the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (
MA students in the past have received or been eligible for the following:

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
To support students whose research requires area and language studies in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Turkish.

Global Leadership Fellowships
For international students from the following countries / regions: China (PRC), Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Laos, Latin America, The Caribbean, Mongolia, Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S.S.R. Successor States, and Vietnam.

Global Initiatives Fellowships
Tuition awards up to $10,000 for incoming Master’s students from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, or Turkey.

Writing in the Discipline Graduate Assistantships
For students who are interested in the teaching of writing in a variety of disciplines including art history.

Scottish Rite Endowment Graduate Fellowships
$15,000 tuition fellowship for students with eligible Scottish Rite affiliation (grandfather, father, uncle, or self is or has been a 32 degree Scottish Rite member).

Boren Fellowship for International Study
Up to $24,000 for overseas study to support language study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Grad2Grad Program
For GW undergraduates interested in the BA/MA combined degree program.

Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Supports up to two years of graduate study for students who are New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Students are also encouraged to fill out a FAFSA and connect with the Office of Student Financial Assistance ( for need-based scholarships.

Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) scholarships are available for entering undergraduate Fine Arts. Applicants must indicate their intent to apply for the PSA scholarship by submitting the Honors, Accelerated, and Special Programs Application (for those submitting the GW Application for Admission) or on the Common Application Supplement (for those submitting the Common Application).
 Applicants must submit PSA materials directly to the Department of Fine Arts and Art History by January 15 of their senior year.

Who do I contact for more info about Graduate Fellowships?

For MA in Art History
Cristin McKnight Sethi
Director of Graduate Studies, Art History
Assistant Professor of Art History

phone: 202-994-7656
office: Smith Hall 106B

For MFA:
James Sham
Director of Graduate Studies, Fine Arts 

Assistant Professor of Innovation Arts
phone: 202-994-6089
office: Smith Hall 310

Presidential Scholars in the Arts Information

Deadline: January 15

Please send all PSA portfolio materials to:

PSA Committee
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
George Washington University

Smith Hall of Art, 101

801 22nd Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

For more info:
phone: 202.994.0032