Funding & Financial Aid

Our students enjoy the resources of an outstanding research university. These include, but are not limited to, various levels of support for tuition and living expenses. Students accepted into the PhD program who remain in good standing are guaranteed six years of full funding in the form of University Fellowships, with an annual stipend of $28,152 (2021-22) and full tuition remission. First-year PhD students receive a University Fellowship with no instructional responsibilities. As part of our program requirements, PhD students then register for three years of Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE) while they finish coursework and begin dissertation research. Typical MTE assignments are as section leaders in our large introductory courses. Two years of University Fellowship support without instructional responsibilities may then be devoted to the preparation, defense, and submission of the dissertation. Advanced PhD students may also offer summer courses through University College to gain valuable independent teaching experience. This is an exceptional professional opportunity.

Terminal MA students receive assistance over their two years in the program with tuition charges, and possibly full tuition remission. The Department will cover the annual student health and wellness fees, and also the annual student health insurance fees. Moreover, we help students locate part-time jobs, federal work-study positions (for eligible U.S. citizens) and local oppportunities for summer employment in the Digital Art History Lab (DAHL), Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library, or elsewhere on campus.

The following sections are meant to convey only general ideas of the possibilities open to graduate students, together with an outline of the advantages and requirements of each of the major forms of assistance. For more information on tuition, external grants and fellowship resources, and loans, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences funding and support page

Tuition & Fees

The maximum tuition fee for the students in graduate school for the 2021-2022 academic year is $57,750 ($28,875 per semester). Tuition is due in the full amount each semester at the time of registration. By right of the University, the tuition rate is subject to annual change. The annual student health and wellness fee is $538, and annual student health insurance is $1942. 

University Tuition Scholarships (Tuition Remission)

Scholarship grants may cover part or all the costs of tuition to the limit of full-time study. Scholarships are available both to new and continuing students. Beyond the course work requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, partial or full tuition scholarships covering the Resident or Non-Resident Candidate’s Fee will be considered only for students who are receiving a University Fellowship, or an external Fellowship or Traineeship that funds partial tuition remission.

Since perception of academic merit is the sole criterion for the award of tuition scholarships, these grants are not subject to taxation under federal tax law. However, stipend awards, including those described below, are taxable.

University Fellowships

University Fellowships are stipend awards aimed at supporting full-time study, although a certain amount of teaching or research may be required as part of the advanced degree program. University Fellowship stipends for the 2021-2022 academic year are $28,152 in the Humanities. Most fellowships are awarded on an annual basis, based on timely and satisfactory progress toward the PhD degree; funding decisions are made each spring semester for the following academic year.

In addition, worthy of particular note are the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program and the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women. These special fellowship packages provide full tuition scholarships plus generous annual stipends for up to five years of graduate study. In 2021-2022, these stipends are $36,720 (plus a travel award) for the Olin, and $30,600 for the Chancellor's. 

External Grants and Fellowship Resources

Graduate departments and programs are the primary resource for external grant and fellowship information. Individual departments and programs provide a broad range of mechanisms for students to explore external funding opportunities. Widely practiced departmental activities include posting external grant and fellowship applications, faculty nominations for certain awards, and faculty review of applications. Graduate students are encouraged to discuss external grant opportunities and applications with faculty in their graduate programs.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Requests for refund of tuition paid by a student who is withdrawing from a degree program should be made by submitting a Withdrawal Form to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Requests for refund of tuition paid by a student who is withdrawing from a specific course should be submitted in writing to the registrar in the Office of Graduate Studies. The last date of class attendance is ordinarily used in determining the amount that can be refunded. Students withdrawing within the first two weeks of classes will receive a full refund; those withdrawing before the end of the fourth week pay 20 percent; those withdrawing before the end of the eighth week pay 40 percent. Students who have had their full tuition remitted for them by the Office of Graduate Studies or by a third party will not receive any refund.

Funding for Conference Presentations and Research

The Department of Art History and Archaeology makes funds available each year to enhance the professional development of our students.  Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for funding to assist with their research and travel costs, conference fees, and publication expenses.

Funding for Conference Presentations

Proposals for Support for Professional Conferences:

Students may generally request funding for only one conference presentation per year. It is highly recommended that if a student intends to seek Departmental support for that conference, that she or he clear the choice of conference with the Director of Graduate Studies or their program advisor before applying to the conference. Students delivering talks at conferences (in the United States or internationally) should expect to receive no more than $500, plus conference registration fees. Students may propose a more expensive budget, but the merits of the request will be considered on a case by case basis. Transportation amounts quoted in proposals are expected to be budget ticket rates, taking advantage of advance purchase or other discounts.

The $500 is intended to cover transportation and reasonable hotel fees.

  • Students driving their own cars may ask to be reimbursed at the current university mileage rate, which is the same as the federal mileage rate.

  • The department does not cover food or drink costs during professional travel.

  • The department does not cover taxi rides to and from airports, but other forms of public transportation (shuttles, buses, metro) may be reimbursed.

Please email your proposal to Dr. Nathaniel Jones, Director of Graduate Studies. Deadlines: October 15 for Fall, and rolling thereafter. 

Students proposing support for professional conferences should be aware:

Students should submit receipts including boarding passes immediately after their trip.  A travel advance is possible for prepaid airfare or conference registration fees with receipts. If mileage reimbursement is requested, you must submit a map with mileage indicated, as well as providing an airfare quote to verify that mileage costs were less than the airfare. If renting a car domestically, extra insurance is not reimbursed. No reimbursement can be made for lost receipts.

Funding for Research Awards

As a rule, the Department considers research awards as a means of completing research for the Ph.D. dissertation. Funds may also be available, budget permitting, for other research by PhD and MA students. We will also consider reimbursing scholarly publication costs, such as reproduction fees.

Proposals for Research Awards:

We encourage students to approach this process with rigor, specificity, and comprehensiveness. We ask that each application offer:

  • intellectual justification for the project or activity to be undertaken and a specific assessment of how this project fits into the larger program of the student's graduate education

  • a work schedule, accompanied by a specific timetable

  • evidence of the proposal's viability (acceptance of a paper, notice from a curator or archivist making materials available, etc).

Please email your proposal to Dr. Claudia Swan (, Director of Graduate Studies. Deadline: March 22, 2022

Students proposing travel for research should be aware:

  • Travel as above, reasonable lodging, photocopy costs, and museum entrance fees for research purposes are all permissible costs for research trips.

  • Any research proposal for a figure over $1500 for a Ph.D. student requires evidence of the student also applying to funding sources outside the university.

  • After using their research award, the student should provide a short written assessment of the completed activity for their departmental student file.

  • In the case of written work, departmental support of travel should be acknowledged. 

  • Students should submit receipts including boarding passes immediately after their trip.  A travel advance is possible for prepaid airfare with receipts. If mileage reimbursement is requested, you must submit a map with mileage indicated, as well as providing an airfare quote to verify that mileage costs were less than the airfare. If renting a car domestically, extra insurance is not reimbursed. No reimbursement can be made for lost receipts.

Opportunities and Deadlines

For current graduate students, this section of the website will be updated with opportunities that may be of interest.

For recent graduates of the program, find current professional opportunities here

Kemper Museum New Perspectives Talk Proposals (Deadline May 7, 2022)

Graduate Fellowship with The Writing Center (next application period will be in 2023)

Mark S. Weil and Joan Hall-Weil Art History Fund Competition (Deadline: Monday, March 28, 2022)

Graduate Teaching Awards (Deadline April 4th, 2022)

Department Support for Conference Presentations (Rolling deadline for spring and summer 2022; Saturday, October 15, 2022 for fall conferences, with rolling deadline thereafter)

Department Research Awards (next application period will be in 2023)