Continuing Student Funding

Competition for outside funding can be fierce, but graduate students in our department have received research grants from several highly competitive programs. Remember that a smaller pool of candidates can increase your chances of success. Searching for smaller fellowships, including fellowships offered by local organizations such as Rotary Clubs, can be well worth the trouble. The UCSB Graduate Division offers more general guides to funding as well as campus resources, while the selected external grants listed below contains descriptions and links for several of the major fellowships in art and architectural history. For more ideas, look at the list of our graduate students who have won awards recently or ask at our office.

Internal Grants and Fellowships

Graduate Division Continuing Fellowships

Except for a selection of continuing fellowships (listed below; visit Graduate Academic Forms and Petitions for information and applications), graduate students do not apply directly for Central Campus Fellowships .

  • Broida-Hirschfelder Dissertation Award
  • Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship
  • Olivia Long Converse Graduate Fellowship
  • James D. Kline Fund for International Studies Award
  • Humanities / Social Science Research Grant

Central fellowship awards are based on nomination by departments and review by a central faculty fellowship committee. Note that under the terms and conditions of central campus fellowships, all domestic students are required to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the March 2 deadline for the upcoming year. The code for UCSB is 001320.

Campus Fellowships

Many campus centers and departments offer funding specifically for UCSB graduate students. The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts  promotes research and teaching for its graduate students and students in the department have been particularly successful in securing funding from the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research. Additionally, UCSB Graduate Division lists information about and links to relevant campus websites for full application materials and deadlines of other campus fellowships and funding.

UC Fellowships

The University of California Humanities Research Institute  (UCHRI), a multicampus research unit, provides both short and long term funding opportunities for graduate students, including the The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship .

Travel Fellowships

Travel fellowships are specifically designed to assist graduate students in offsetting travel costs incurred while presenting papers at conferences. These are available through both UCSB's Graduate Division as well as through the department. Students must apply for travel monies from Graduate Division first before submitting a written request to the department. For details on how to apply, check the current Graduate Program Handbook .

Selected External Grants

NOTE: The list below is organized by application due date. Those grants marked with an *asterisk require nomination from the Department in order to apply.


  • Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles Research Grants : Grant awarded to researchers working in the field of human sciences and projects relating to the following themes: methods of exercising power; the structure and functioning of parish institutions; practices, attitudes and male figures; representations of power; palaces and gardens, with a time frame that is broad in scope (from 16th-19th century) with a strong geographical focus on the courts of Europe.


  • Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships : Nine-month Getty residency to complete dissertations related to the annual research theme, either at the Research Institute or Getty Villa, and work with the Getty collections.
  • Craft Research Fund Graduate Grant, The Center for Craft : Grant created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States.
  • Fulbright Fellowships : Travel and long-term fellowships (including language training, book and research allowances, and living expenses).
         NOTE: All current graduate students applying to the Fulbright Program must participate in the internal campus selection process.
         See Graduate Division for UCSB Fullbright information and program binder.
  • Getty Library Research Grants : Provides partial, short-term support for researchers requiring the use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute (GRI).
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships : One year of support for advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation research and writing.
  • Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art : One-year fellowships for graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States.


  • Getty Foundation Graduate Internships : Eight- or twelve-month internships at the Getty Center in Los Angeles or the Getty Villa in Malibu, in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, and grantmaking.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography : Yearly fellowship for Ph.D. candidates including tuition waivers for two Rare Book School courses, funding to attend the Society's Annual Meeting and Orientation, funds to organize symposia at home institutions, and an option to attend a bibliographical field school to visit libraries, archives, and collections in New York City.
  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program : Ten-week pre-ABD Graduate Student Fellowships or three- to twelve-month post-ABD Predoctoral Student Fellowships to conduct independent study and research related to Smithsonian Institution collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one on-site advisor.
  • Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants : Year-long Junior Fellowships and short-term Pre-Doctoral Residencies and Summer Fellowships in Byzantine, Precolumbian, and Garden and Landscape studies.
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Grants : Both short- and long-term research grants for highly qualified students to conduct research or complete a program of additional studies at a German institute of higher education.
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), Social Science Research Council: Nine to twelve months of support to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.
  • The Harry Ransom Center , The University of Texas at Austin: Dissertation fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections, which support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.
  • *Carter Manny Awards , Graham Foundation: Two doctoral dissertation awards — a research award for a student at the research stage and a writing award for a student at the writing stage — for projects devoted to architecture.
  • The Huntington Short-Term Fellowships : Up to five months of support to advanced doctoral candidates for dissertation research in their archival and rare book collections.
  • *CASVA (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts) Predoctoral Fellowships : Pre-doctoral fellowships, ranging from one year of support to combinations of two and three years of support, usually including one year in residence at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Fellowships cover Western and Non-Western fields.
  • *Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellowship : Two-year research appointment in association with one of six foreign host institutions for pre-doctoral students in the history of European art with an interest in art museum education and curating.



  • Terra Summer Residency Fellowship, Giverny, France : A nine-week residential program in Giverny that encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists. Includes stipend, on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency.
  • Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars : Grants offer US-based scholars, including doctoral students, working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad for projects that require the study of materials outside the United States.
  • The Anne L. Poulet Predoctoral Curatorial Fellowships, Frick Collection : A two-year predoctoral fellowship for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship offers curatorial training and the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation.
  • Chateaubriand Fellowships, Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS): Four- or eight-month fellowships for doctoral research in France.
  • Winterthur Research Fellowship Program : Residental research fellowships include 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships and 1–3 month short-term fellowships in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
  • The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme : One-year fellowships to train a new generation of museum professionals to become inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of art and history. The focus of a candidate's research should relate to the varied holdings of the Rijksmuseum’s collection.
  • Paul Mellon Centre Grants and Fellowships : Funding opportunities for students in the advanced stages of their doctoral research in the field of British art and architectural history to pursue further study in the United Kingdom based at the Paul Mellon Centre.
  • Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grants : Short-term grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month and includes a stipend plus transporations costs.



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