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Financial Support

The Department of Visual Arts admits students to its graduate programs (M.F.A and Ph.D.) with and without funding. Each student should refer to their departmental admissions financial offer letter for specific details about their funding support. The information provided below serves to help our graduate students pursue additional sources of funding within and outside of the department.

Regardless of the initial financial package, the department seeks to ensure that all continuing M.F.A and Ph.D. students are financially supported.

To be eligible for any type of funding graduate students must be enrolled in 12 units of upper-division (100-189) or graduate level (200-299) courses during the regular academic year, maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0, and be within their Support Time Limit. 


Entering Students

Visual Arts Department

  • Internal and External Awards listing (requires login)
  • Russell Grant (right/control click link to download form) The 2021-22 application form can be found here as PDF or DOCX.
  • David Antin Prize 
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Graduate Student Funding
  • PhD Qualifying Exam Fellowship-Students may apply for a fellowship during the planned quarter of the QE.
  • PhD Field Research-After completing the QE Students who entered the program FA12 to FA19 are eligible for 1 quarter of Field Rearch or dissertation writing support to travel outside of California. Students must commit to working full-time on their project.  This funding comes in the form of fee payment for In Absentia Balance of Fees and a Fellowship stipend that is equal to the 50% TA salary for the quarter (3 months). 
    • Discuss with your Advisor/Committee Chair
    • Notify the Graduate Coordinator using the
    • Follow enrollment process for In Absentia

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