Graduate Financial Support


Research/Travel Grants

Funds are awarded within the department to support research (particularly for M.A. theses/papers and Ph.D. dissertations) and travel. The amount and sources of research/travel grants vary annually. For 2014—15, the department awarded eight graduate students research grants totaling $20,769. The sources for the 2014–15 departmental research funds included:

  • Art History Donors Travel Grant
  • Department of Art History Research Grants
  • Babcock Galleries Endowed Fund in Art History
  • Francis E. Hyslop Memorial Fellowships
  • Louise D. Purcell Memorial Art History Endowment
  • Susan and Thomas Schwartz Research Grant
  • Susan W. and Thomas A. Schwartz Endowed Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Art History


The Department of Art History (with partial help from the Dean’s Enhancement Funds) provides generous support for graduate students presenting scholarly papers at conferences and symposia.  During 2014-15, $9,012 was awarded to graduate students to present their scholarly work at conferences held at such diverse locations as the University of Oregon and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The department also offers Limited Graduate Student Travel Grants up to $500 to assist graduate students in shorter trips for research, to see an exhibition, or to attend a conference.  During 2014-15, $5,510 was awarded in this program.

There are also research funds that art history graduate students can compete for with students from other programs at Penn State. Art history graduate students have recently received the following University awards:

  • Alumni Association Dissertation Award
  • Early Career Development Grant, Center for Global Studies
  • Graduate Student Summer Residency, Institute for the Arts and Humanities
  • Junior Scholar Award in Early Modern Studies, Institute for the Arts and Humanities
  • Graduate Travel Grant, Office of Global Programs
  • Waddell Biggart Graduate Fellowship 


The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Architecture and the Graduate School of the University have also been very generous in providing additional research and travel funds for graduate students. Students are also encouraged to apply for external grants, fellowships, and internships. In recent years, Penn State art history doctoral students have been awarded the following:

  • American Research Center (Sofia, Bulgaria), Fellowship
  • American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies, Photographs Grant
  • BET (Black Entertainment Television) Fellowship
  • Renato Cevese Scholarship, Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio (Vicenza, Italy)
  • Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, Texas), McDermott Graduate Curatorial Internship
  • Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.), Junior Fellowship
  • East-West Center, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Affiliate Scholar
  • European Association for Urban History Bursary Award
  • Fondazione Lemmermann (Rome, Italy), Travel Fellowship
  • Fulbright Award (for study in Germany)
  • Fulbright Award (for study in Sweden)
  • Visiting International Researcher Residency, Lund University (Sweden)
  • The Getty Foundation (Los Angeles, California), Getty Graduate Internship
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund, McNamara Family Grant
  • International Workshop (Amalfi, Italy), Study Grant
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Travel Fellowship
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation History of Arts Grant
  • Medieval Academy of America Dissertation Grant
  • Andrew W. Mellon Summer Internship, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art (Providence, R.I.)
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Yale University), London, Paul Mellon Centre Junior Fellowship
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), Theodore Rousseau Art History Fellowship
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Graduate Lecturing Fellowship
  • Pennsylvania State Archives (Harrisburg), Diversity Internship
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation, Walter Read Hovey Memorial Fund
  • Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports and United States Universities at the University of Minnesota, Research Subsidy Grant
  • Renaissance Society of America, Robert H. Lehmann Fellowship
  • Renaissance Society of America, Research Grant
  • Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (Stockbridge, Massachusetts), Robert Lehman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Fellowship
  • Graduate Student Bursary, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
  • Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (South Beach, Florida), Wolfsonian-Florida International University Fellowship
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