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.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study positions are regularly available in the department for undergraduate and graduate students with FWS awards. View a complete list of FWS positions and information about applying


Who do I contact for more info about positions in the department?

Undergraduate Work Study

Graduate Federal Work Study Application