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The Department of Art awards all MFA candidates with graduate assistantships and/or fellowship funding that provides full tuition remission and 95% medical benefits for three consecutive years in the MFA Program. This type of comprehensive funding is rare in MFA programs; therefore, admittance is highly selective. Continued funding is based on sustained academic and artistic progress throughout each of the three years in the MFA Program and satisfactory performance in assigned assistantships or graduate instructor appointments.

There are two kinds of fellowships students may be nominated for (during the application process): the CLA Graduate Fellowship and the DOVE Fellowship. Students do not need to submit a separate application for these fellowships. The Slideroom application includes questions about fellowship eligibility as well as questions about skills related to matching students with graduate assistantships.

College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowships

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Graduate Fellowship program seeks to recruit the most outstanding students admitted to graduate programs in CLA. This competitive one-year fellowship currently includes an academic-year stipend of $22,500, academic-year tuition at regular rates for up to 14 graduate credits each semester, and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan for the academic year and summer. Candidates are nominated in January by this and other graduate programs across CLA.

Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowships

The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 20 first-year students from underrepresented groups (US citizens or permanent residents). The fellowship provides a $22,500 stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. Graduate programs must nominate prospective students. Students who wish to be nominated must provide a statement in the Slideroom application. See more information about the DOVE Fellowship.