Funding

The School of Art + Design is very fortunate to have several generous donors that contribute financially to sustain the education of undergraduate students. This support reflects their confidence in the excellence of the School. The types of assistance available range from awards the School initiates, to those students apply for, to those that faculty nominate students for.

Support Applied for by Current Students

Calls for application are put out by the School for the following scholarships and tuition waiver funding:

Tuition Waiver

The State of Illinois allocates merit-based partial-tuition waiver funding to the School of Art + Design for distribution to current and incoming students on a merit basis. The amount of financial support and the number of available waivers vary. In the spring semester of each year there is a call for applications. Faculty on the Tuition Waiver Committee review these applications, and tuition waivers are awarded based on merit only.

Kathleen Genis Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by application each year to an Art History major with demonstrated financial need. Applicants submit a statement of interest explaining why art history is their chosen field of study. The award was established by Kathleen Genis’s daughter, Jeanne, in memory of her mother and her appreciation of art history. The scholarship is supported by her extended family.

Florence M. House Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 2003, in honor of Ms. House, is awarded each year to a student majoring in painting or sculpture. The number of recipients and award amounts vary from year to year. The faculty in Painting and Sculpture select the finalist.

A. Doyle Moore International Travel Scholarship

This scholarship, which is awarded by application, supports and supplements the cost of overseas study and travel of students in Graphic Design. The number and amount awarded varies from year to year. Professor Moore retired from the School of Art + Design in 1991 after teaching graphic design for 33 years as well as teaching classes at Japan House on the theory of Japanese aesthetics.

Faculty-Nominated Support for Current Students

Each of the following are awarded each spring:

Helen E. Platt Blake Scholarship

This honor is presented each year to a junior or senior in Painting to provide financial support and assistance with the purchase of supplies. The number of Blake Scholars, as well as the amount awarded, varies from year to year. Painting faculty members select the recipients. Helen E. Platt Blake graduated with a BS in painting from the University of Illinois in 1936. She completed her MFA in 1960.

Professor Glenn Bradshaw Scholarship

The Bradshaw Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who demonstrates exceptional ability in their chosen field of study. Painting faculty members select the recipient. The scholarship amount varies, but the minimum award is $1,000. Professor Bradshaw taught at the University of Illinois from 1952 through 1986. He continued to make art until he passed away at age 90, and his family chose to honor his memory by establishing this scholarship.

Jerome Caruso Significant Design Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is used to honor an outstanding junior or senior from the Industrial Design program who demonstrates the most ability to produce significant designs to benefit society through improvement of life and sustainability. Industrial Design faculty members select the recipient each spring. Jerome Caruso, an award-winning designer received his BFA in Industrial Design at Illinois in 1959, has maintained a lifelong passion for design. He has defined his long career by providing significant projects for major clients as a solo designer. Herman Miller, Sub-Zero, and Motorola are among his clients. With more than 95 design and utility patents, Jerome is endlessly fascinated by invention and the inventive use of materials. He has chosen to support University of Illinois Industrial Design students who exhibit those same significant qualities in their work.

Florence M. House Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a student majoring in painting or sculpture. The faculty in Painting and Sculpture select the finalist.

James G. Hansen Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a sophomore in Industrial Design to provide assistance with tuition in their junior year. The amount of the award varies from year to year. Industrial Design faculty members select the recipient each spring. Mr. Hansen received both his BFA and MFA in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois. Industrial Design faculty select the awardee.

Hugh and Allie D. Hughston Enochs Memorial Scholarship

This honor is presented each year to a graduating senior in the School of Art + Design and is based on talent and ability in art. Faculty in their program nominates students and the School’s Executive Committee determines the recipient. Mr. Enochs was a 1929 graduate of the University of Illinois and established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Allie D. Hughston-Enochs in 1987.

Metaphase Design Group Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior pursuing a degree in the Industrial Design program, this honor recognizes student excellence in the design of ergonomic products that also appeal aesthetically to consumers. Industrial Design faculty members determine the awardee. The amount awarded is $500. Dr. Bryce received his Ph.D. and MFA in design ergonomics and kinesiology between 1984 and 1987 from the University of Illinois and is now a renowned specialist in ergonomic product design as well as being recognized as the leading worldwide expert in the design of handheld products. He has more than 75 international design excellence awards and has been awarded over 100 patents.

Hugh and Allie D. Hughston Enochs Memorial Award

This award is presented each year to a graduating senior in the School of Art + Design and is based on talent and ability in art. Students are nominated by faculty in their program and the finalist is determined by the School's executive committee.

Metaphase Design Group Award

This award is given to a junior or senior pursuing a degree in the Industrial Design Program. The award honors student excellence in the design of ergonomic products that also appeal aesthetically to consumers.

James R. and Dorothy E. Shipley Scholarship

This honor is presented each year to one or more graduating seniors in the School of Art + Design in the amount of not less than $1,000 per student and is awarded based on excellence. Faculty in their program nominate students and the School’s Executive Committee determines the recipients. James Shipley served as Director of the Department of Art + Design from 1956 to 1978. His wife and children, in his memory, established the James R. Shipley Scholarship and the title was later amended by his children to also honor the memory of their mother.

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships

Graduate students in the School of Art + Design typically receive funding packages that may include funds drawn from differing sources with distinct requirements. These sources include Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Fellowships.

All of our funding packages come with a monthly stipend, a full (out-of-state) tuition waiver, and a partial student fee waiver. This waiver package by itself has an estimated value of $28,000. The partial student fee waiver covers the service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library fee, and basic dental and vision coverage, and a partial payment of the graduate student health insurance fee per semester. The remaining student fee responsibility amounts to around $500 per semester. 

Funding decisions and assistantship assignments are made on a semester by semester basis. Students in good standing who are making clear progress toward completion of their degree can assume their funding will continue for the normal duration of time-to-degree. Normal time to degree varies by program as follows: 

  • MFA - 3 years
  • MA in Art History - 2 years
  • MA in Art Education - 2 years
  • EdM - 1.5 years 
  • *PhD in Art Education - 4 years 
  • *PhD in Art History - 4 years

*This applies to students who enter their program with a completed MA. Normal time to degree for students who complete both the MA and PhD in our Art History or Art Education Program is 6 years. Faculty work closely with advanced PhD students to help them secure funding outside of A+D resources to support dissertation research and writing. 

Our most typical funding package is a Graduate Assistantship. This requires 10 hours per week, or more, of service.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (Teaching Assistant, Graduate Assistant [often technical support], and Research Assistant positions) are available to students in good standing. Positions usually are 25% to 33% time. Currently a nine-month 25% graduate appointment offers a stipend which is currently $7,999.02 (before taxes) for the academic year, or $888.78 on a monthly basis. The appointment requires 10 hours a week of service. The yearly stipend for a 33% position is $10558.62 (before taxes), or $1173.18 on a monthly basis, and requires 13.5 hours per week of service. These appointments come with a full tuition waiver and a partial student fee waiver, and service is always required.

International Students may have to pass an English Proficiency Interview (EPI) exam http://cte.illinois.edu/testing/oral_eng/main.html in order to be considered for a teaching appointment.

Especially strong students can compete for a number of Graduate Fellowships. These offer stipends with no service requirement.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships are competitive awards granted by the School of Art + Design, the University of Illinois Graduate College, or through external funds, to degree candidates who have demonstrated especially strong academic achievement and outstanding future potential. Fellowship packages include a full tuition waiver, a partial student fee waiver, a monthly stipend, but service is never required.

During the admissions process the Art + Design graduate committee selects outstanding applications for nomination for several different Fellowships. Incoming new MFA students can be nominated for the Art + Design Avery Fellowship, Petullo Fellowship, or a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship. Our MFA, MA and PhD programs all have Block Grant funding, which is specifically designated for graduate recruitment and support. The Art + Design graduate committee also determines nominations for the University Graduate College campus-wide competition for the Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, the Graduate College Fellowship, and the Diffenbaugh Fellowship.

Awards Applied for by Graduate Students

In addition to Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships, there are funds that our graduate students can apply for to support research and conference travel.

Funded by School of Art + Design

  • Art+Design Graduate Event Travel Award (Fall 2015 competition); 09/15/2015
    Up to $500 awards available for travel to an event, relevant to the student’s degree. Not necessary to be invited as a speaker/participant.
  • Art+Design Graduate Event Travel Award (Spring 2016 competition); 02/01/2016
    Up to $500 awards available for travel to an event relevant to the student’s degree. Not necessary to be invited as a speaker/participant.
  • Art+Design Graduate Thesis Travel Award (Fall 2015 competition); 09/15/2015
    Up to a $5000 award available for thesis/dissertation related travel.
  • Art+Design Graduate Thesis Travel Award (Spring 2016 competition); 02/01/2016
    Up to a $5000 award available for thesis/dissertation related travel.

Application forms are available at the Art + Design Graduate Office.

Funded by the Graduate College

  • Graduate College Conference Travel Grant (Fall 2015 competition); college deadline 09/28/2015; departmental deadline 09/25/2015.
    Up to $350 awards available for travel to an event, relevant to the student’s degree, where the student is an invited speaker/participant.
  •  Graduate College Conference Travel Grant (Spring 2016 competition; college deadline 02/29/2016; departmental deadline 02/26/2016.
    Up to $350 awards available for travel to an event, relevant to the student’s degree, where the student is an invited speaker/participant
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant (Fall 2015 competition); college deadline 09/08/2015; departmental deadline 09/04/2015.
    Up to $5,000 awards available for PhD students, who need to travel as part of their research.
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant (Spring 2016 competition); college deadline 03/14/2016; departmental deadline 03/10/2016.
    Up to $5,000 awards available for PhD students, who need to travel as part of their research.
  • Graduate College Master’s Project Travel Grant (Fall 2015 competition); college deadline 09/08/2015; departmental deadline 09/04/2015.
    Up to $500 awards available for MFA/MA students, who need to travel as part of their final project and/or thesis research. 
  • Graduate College Master’s Project Travel Grant (Spring 2016 competition); college deadline 03/14/2016; departmental deadline 03/10/2016.
    Up to $500 awards available for MFA/MA students, who need to travel as part of their final project and/or thesis research. 
  • Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship; college deadline 04/04/2016; departmental deadline 04/01/2016.
    A one year stipend of $20,000 for a PhD student to complete the doctoral degree. This package comes with a full tuition waiver and a partial student fee waiver.