Students in the PhD program are fully funded. Assistantships and tuition wavers are awarded to MA students on a competitive basis, typically with four fully funded positions available each academic year. Student may wish to seek additional funding from the following sources to support graduate study, research travel, and hosting visiting lecturers. The following resources are in addition to regular stipend support.
Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships (External)
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship With funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is able to offer a special fellowship program to a select group of students. The goals of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program include: assisting in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; stimulating the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and developing a pool of international experts to meet national needs. FLAS fellowships are available to those graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are in need of attaining language proficiency in Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or an indigenous Latin American language. Awards are available for both the academic year and for summer intensive language study. Deadline: February 1
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work. Deadline: November 15 (to be eligible for funding the first year of a grad program, apply for fellowship and grad program simultaneously)
Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships (Tulane)
Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship
The Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship is an initiative of Tulane’s Office of the Provost and School of Liberal Arts. The program was launched in 2017 in conjunction with a $1.5-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, following three years of pilot graduate programs in community engagement at Tulane.
Each year a dozen Mellon Fellows are selected from incoming and current graduate students in humanities and arts programs to participate in an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in community engaged scholarship. Those graduate students are joined by four faculty members and four community leaders who work with the graduate students as mentors and co-educators for two years.
Art History faculty members have served as mentors in the Mellon program, and the current Mellon cohort includes graduate students in Studio Art and Art History. Deadline: May 15
Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking Graduate Assistantship Program
The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking cultivates a diverse network of Changemakers who are working and learning together to create a more just and equitable society. Through human centered design classes and workshops, the Taylor Center teaches students, faculty, staff, and community members how to address problems optimistically, creatively, and quickly while turning them into inspiring “challenges”.
Taylor Student Fellows and Graduate Assistants (GAs) are paraprofessionals who are responsible for creating and implementing Taylor programs and increasing campus and community awareness of Taylor. Fellows and GAs commit to working with Taylor for a full academic year. Positions include the CI Social Venture Accelerator GA, Life Design GA, Research and Scholarship in Social Innovation GA, and Design Facilitation for Social Impact GA. Deadlines: May 15/rolling (check website)
Summer and Short-Term Research Grants (Tulane)
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites all Tulane University graduate students engaged in the study of Latin America or the Caribbean to apply for funding to conduct summer field research outside of the United States. Funding is provided partly through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and partly through the Tinker Foundation. These field research grants are not to be used for dissertation research, but rather to provide graduate students who have little to no field research experience with an opportunity to explore the feasibility of a particular field research project and to gain experience in conducting preliminary, hands-on field research abroad. Deadline: mid-March
The Dean's Office of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts (SLA) provides awards up to $5000 to support summer activities for graduate students completing terminal degrees. Students may use funds for research expenses, equipment, and travel to support data collection, analysis, and performances. The award cannot be used for labor expenses (i.e., site excavation or construction crews; paying a third-party to transcribe interviews), nor for tuition, workshops, or conferences. Only ABDs or students completing MFAs in the following year are eligible to apply. Students who have received two Fellowship Awards in the past are ineligible. Deadline: March 25
Newcomb Art Department Masters students who have met all departmental deadlines may apply to be considered for summer research funding from the Newcomb Art Department. Proposals must be approved by applicant’s advisor, and students must provide evidence of having applied for other funding sources. Awards are subject to adjustment should students win external fellowships. Deadline: rolling, contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies for more info
Summer and Short-Term Research Grants (External)
Kress Language Schools Fellowship, to support graduate students in European art history or art conservation to attend the Middlebury Language Schools in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. These fellowships are intended for graduate students in art history with a proposed focus on European art history or graduate students studying art conservation. Preference is given to graduate students who have recently been accepted or are currently enrolled in the corresponding program at a Ph.D. granting institution in the United States. In exceptional cases, advanced undergraduates in Art History who are preparing for graduate study in the same field may also be considered. Deadline: December 15
The Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)’s Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS) is a key component of BRASA’s agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States. BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research or language study in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. Deadline: January 31
The Americas Research Network (ARENET) Fellowship Program supports the study of U.S.-Mexican Transnationalism. Research projects on any aspect of U.S.-Mexican Transnationalism and Transnational Communities will be considered, but the projects must focus on topics that have not been thoroughly explored and must contribute significantly to the advancement of relevant scholarship. Fellowships will be awarded to U.S. graduate students and scholars with doctorates to conduct up to eight weeks of research in Mexico. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Fellowship stipends are $4,000 for the fellowship period. Each fellow will also receive an allowance of $500 for research-related expenses, including travel within Mexico. Travel expenses between the United States and Mexico will be covered. Fellows will develop their project in collaboration with one of our Mexican member institutions. Deadline: April 1
Conference Travel Funding
Tulane Graduate Student Studies Association (GSSA) Travel Funding is available to all Tulane graduate students. Students are eligible for awards totaling up to $500 per academic year — either $500 once per year or $250 twice per year — for presenting at a conference; or $200 once per year for attending a conference. Funds will be proportionally distributed each semester among all applicants; award amounts may very each semester; the amount listed above is the maximum amount that may be received, but does not guarantee that funding amount. Deadlines: August 15 for travel in the fall (September through December), December 15 for travel in the spring (January through April), and April 15 for travel in the summer (May through August).
The J.E. Land Fund for SLA Graduate Student Travel provides funding support for advanced School of Liberal Arts (SLA) graduate students who have been invited to attend professional conferences to present their work in the form of invited papers, lectures and presentations. The J.E. Land Fund is intended for advanced graduate students, meaning only current ABDs or students in the last year of their MFA program are eligible to apply. Travel support will be up to $1500 per student, per year and can support registration, coach travel, and accommodations. Students may only receive one award, for one conference event, per academic year. Students who have received two Land Fund Awards in the past are ineligible. Deadlines: December 1 for travel in the Spring semester (January through April), April 1 for travel in the summer (May through August), and August 1 for travel in the Fall semester (September through December).
Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation’s Conference Travel Grant Fellowship for Junior Curators With funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) supports travel to the annual AAMC conference. Applicants must self-identify as “junior curators,” defined as having less than 10 years of experience working at non-profit organizations, regardless of geographic location, with direct responsibility for works of art. Applications from curators without access travel funding or professional development support are particularly encouraged to apply. Multiple curators from one institution are eligible. Deadline: early February
In certain circumstances, the Newcomb Art Department may support travel to present a conference paper. Awards are typically $200 for domestic conferences and $400 for international conferences. Proposals must be approved by applicant’s advisor, and students must provide evidence of having exhausted other funding sources. Deadline: rolling, contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies for more info
Funding for Speakers and Events
Graduate Student Studies Association (GSSA) Event Funding is granted only to departments in good standing with GSSA, through an active representative. Your department may request funding for a maximum of one speaker over the course of the academic year. GSSA encourages interdepartmental collaboration; if your department would like to bring in multiple speakers please contact department representatives of other departments who may also be interested in your speaker. All speaker requests will be decided by a majority vote of the GSSA assembly. If approved, all publicity for the event must acknowledge the sponsorship of GSSA. Maximum Funding Allotments are as follows. Honorarium: Up to $200 (Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the GSSA Assembly), Travel: Up to $500 airfare, Lodging: Up to $85 per diem- maximum of 2 nights, Food: No allotment allowed. Deadline: 4 days before a GSSA meeting 1 month prior to the event, see https://gssa.tulane.edu/events/category/event/ for upcoming dates
The Newcomb College Institute Grant Program funds research and activities that support the mission of the Newcomb College Institute, which is to provide academic and co-curricular programs that enhance women’s leadership and gender equity. The Newcomb Grant Program encourages faculty-student, interdisciplinary, and cross-unit collaborations in the production of new knowledge that may be integrated into the undergraduate curriculum. Deadlines: rolling, contact Laura Wolford email@example.com
Teaching Grants may be used to fund classroom enhancement activities such as a speaker, speaker panel, or conference within an existing class/es, within an academic program or department, or across departments or disciplines. Proposals for events involving multiple speakers or departments are encouraged.
Special Initiative Grants will fund a large event or project such as a speaker series, conference, art show, or film festival. There may be a single event or there may be several events within the same theme/topic which are scheduled throughout the academic year and held on the Tulane campus. The funded project may be departmental (involving one or more participants from a single department or discipline) or interdepartmental (involving participants from more than one department or discipline) and must in some way directly involve and benefit undergraduate women-identified students at Tulane University. If the project will involve two or more persons (even if from the same department/discipline), please designate one as the coordinator.
The Altman Program in International Studies & Business supports speakers and other campus events (e.g. conferences, films, workshops) that promote an integrated approach towards liberal arts and business disciplines, address the interconnectedness of today’s globalized world, and touch upon changing opportunities in global economies, politics, and culture — both from academic and practical points of views. To facilitate this sharing of knowledge, the Altman Program offers financial support to several events each year. In general, these events must be open to the Tulane community at large so that Altman Scholars can attend. Application for sponsorship is open to all Tulane faculty, staff, and students. Deadline: 2nd week of semester in which event is scheduled
Support for Teaching
The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides varied resources and programming to graduate students and postdocs who are or will be teaching, including Brown Bag Workshops on innovative pedagogy, the CELT Faculty Book Club on pedagogy and learning theory, Grading Breaks to reward anyone with a teaching position, Guest Lecturers, Peer Observations, One-on-One Teaching Consultations, Teaching Guides, and a pedagogy-focused Lending Library.