Funding

The School of Art + Design is deeply grateful for the generous support of donors who support and sustain the education of our undergraduate students. Awards include those made by nomination as well as through competitive application processes.

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 partial tuition waiver funding to the School of Art + Design for distribution to current and incoming students on the basis of merit. The amount of financial support and the number of available waivers vary. Each spring, the Tuition Waiver Committee, composed of faculty from across the School, review applications.

Kathleen Genis Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to an Art History student who has 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, and this 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 in Painting or Sculpture. The award amount varies from year to year. Faculty members in Painting and Sculpture select the recipient.

A. Doyle Moore International Travel Scholarship

This application-based scholarship supports and supplements the cost of overseas study and travel for Graphic Design students. The number and amounts awarded vary from year to year. Professor Moore retired from the School of Art + Design in 1991 after 33 years in Graphic Design and at Japan House, where he taught on theories 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 and completed her MFA in 1960.

Professor Glenn Bradshaw Scholarship

The Bradshaw Scholarship is awarded to a junior who demonstrates exceptional ability in their chosen field of study. The director of the School of Art and Design, or designee, shall determine the recipients, amount, and timing of the scholarships to be awarded, subject to the approval of the appropriate university officials. The scholarship amount varies, but the minimum award is $1000. 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 $1000 scholarship is used to honor an outstanding junior or senior from the Industrial Design Program who demonstrates the highest potential for achievement in the field based on designs that promote sustainability and societal benefit. Industrial Design faculty members select the recipient each spring. Jerome Caruso, an award-winning designer who 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.

Hugh and Allie D. Hughston Enochs Memorial Scholarship

This honor is presented each year to a graduating senior in the School of Art + Design on the basis of talent and ability in art. Faculty members nominate 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.

Florence M. House Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a student in Painting or Sculpture. Faculty members in Painting and Sculpture select the recipient.

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 his MFA in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois.

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 ergonomic and aesthetic design of products and includes a monetary award of $500. Industrial Design faculty members determine the awardee. Metaphase Design Group CEO Dr. Bryce Rutter received his PhD 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.

James R. and Dorothy E. Shipley Scholarship

This honor, which is based on demonstrated excellence and carries a monetary award of not less than $100, is presented each year to one or more graduating seniors in the School of Art + Design. Faculty members 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 Funding

Assistantships and 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 campus fee waiver. This waiver package by itself has an estimated value of $29,000. The partial campus 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, with students responsible for about $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 a 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 at least 6 years. Faculty work closely with advanced PhD students to help them secure funding outside of Art + Design 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 that is $8893.98 (before taxes) for the academic year or $988.22 on a monthly basis. The appointment requires 10 hours a week of service. The yearly stipend for a 33% position is $11,740.05 (before taxes), or $1304.45 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 the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) exam 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, by 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, and 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 MFA students can be nominated for the Art + Design Avery Fellowship, the Petullo Fellowship, a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, or the McLellan Fellowship. These are one-year, $10,000 fellowships that come with full tuition waivers and partial campus fee waivers. 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 Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities and Arts, the Graduate College Fellowship, and the Diffenbaugh Fellowship.

Award Competitions Available for Continuing 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 the School of Art + Design

  • Art + Design Graduate Event Travel Award (Fall 2019 competition); 09/17/2019
    Up to $500 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 2020 competition); 02/04/2020
    Up to $500 for travel to an event relevant to the student’s degree. Not necessary to be invited as a speaker/participant.
  • Art + Design Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Research Award (Fall 2019/Spring 2020 competition); 10/15/2019
    Up to $4000 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 2019 competition); college deadline 10/04/2019; departmental deadline 09/27/2019
    Up to $350 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 2020 competition; college deadline 02/28/2020; departmental deadline 02/20/2020
    Up to $350 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 2019 competition); college deadline 10/08/2019; departmental deadline 10/01/2019
    Up to $5000 for PhD students who need to travel as part of their research.
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant (Spring 2020 competition); college deadline 03/12/2020; departmental deadline 03/05/2020
    Up to $5000 for PhD students who need to travel as part of their research.
  • Graduate College Master’s Project Travel Grant (Fall 2019 competition); college deadline 10/08/2019; departmental deadline 10/01/2019
    Up to $500 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 2020 competition); college deadline 03/12/2020; departmental deadline 03/05/2020
    Up to $500 for MFA/MA students who need to travel as part of their final project and/or thesis research.
  • Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship (Spring 2020 competition only); college deadline 04/02/2020; departmental deadline 03/20/2020
    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.