Art Scholarships

The academic field of art features many concentrations within its domain. Within this field you can study everything from art history to photography. While there are art scholarships for many of these concentrations, you'll first need to determine if it's the visual or the performing arts that interest you. After you've made that determination, you should be able to focus your art scholarship search so as to make the most of your efforts.

The major of visual arts is also referred to as fine arts or studio arts. In this field you generally choose a type of studio art, such as painting, and concentrate on that mode of expression. Examples of other concentrations include sculpture, print making, ceramics, animation, glass blowing, metalsmithing and textile arts. Classes in this major are not like the traditional college courses found in majors such as English or history. In the place of lectures and didactic instruction, you'll have studio time where you'll work on projects, develop your portfolio and learn the subtleties behind receiving and issuing criticism.

The performing arts include concentrations such as drama and theater arts, music performance and dance. These programs are offered in a wide range of formats and styles. Initially, you'll have to choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. When it comes to the performing arts, the BFA is generally more rigorous and the BA programs provide you with a broader, more well-rounded educational experience. Which style of program will work best for you depends on what you plan on doing after you graduate.

The employment prospects for these varied fields is hardly a concise picture. Job opportunities vary dramatically depending on what you study. Clearly, fields such as digital art and graphic design feature a rosier employment picture over the coming decade than a major such as dance. But even this intuitive fact is not set in stone. When it comes to graphic design the current trend is to farm out the basic design work to oversees firms. And while the field of dance is overcrowded with talented graduates, there are a growing number of job opportunities is areas such as dance education and arts administration.

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American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program (Christ College of Valparaiso University, Indiana)

Lilly Fellows are appointed for two years at a rank equivalent to that of assistant professor. The salary is $41,000 for the coming academic year, plus standard benefits, a moving allowance and an annual travel allowance to attend conferences. Fellows are expected to be in local residence throughout the terms of their appointments. These teaching Fellowships are open to new scholar-teachers interested in the relationship between Christianity and the academic vocation and seriously considering a career at a church-related college or university. Research or dissertation topics are not restricted to religion. Fellows will be recruited from the following disciplines: art and art history; creative writing; history; interdisciplinary studies; languages and literatures; music and music history; philosophy; religion; rhetoric; theater history and theater arts. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their interest in the goals of the Lilly Fellows Program and a sense of commitment to explore teaching and scholarship as a Christian vocation.

Roberta Law Scholarship

Awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art education majors.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, The

Criteria: 1. Must pursue a discipline of graduate studies in the traditional humanities: Anthropology (cultural only), Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies (all areas), English Literature, English/Creative Writing (creative dissertation only), Ethnic Studies, Ethnomusicology, Film Theory, Foreign Language & Literature, History, History of Architecture, History & Philosophy of Mathematics, History & Philosophy of Science, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (main focus of program must be an eligible field), Linguistics (cultural only), Music History & Theory, Philosophy, Political History / Philosophy / Theory, Religion / Religious Studies (academic only not for pastoral ministry), Rhetoric or Women

American Fellowship (Postdoctoral Research Leave)

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships offer one-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree. Postdoctoral fellowships are available in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; one is designated for a woman from an underrepresented group in any field. Limited additional funds may be available when matched by the fellow's institution. Twenty $30,000 postdoctoral fellowships are available in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; one is designated for a woman from an underrepresented group in any field. Limited additional funds may be available when matched by the fellow's institution.

Voices Republic Ambassador Scholarship

Voices Republic is sponsoring a unique scholarship opportunity that we feel may be a good fit for the art and design students visiting your site. If you are open to explore this opportunity and present it to students, please read on for details. The scholarship stems from our Intern Republic. This exclusive intern program will help shape aspects of the launch communications and content of Voices Republic -- a unique site focused on community-created projects. More importantly, it provides a $500 scholarship to one participant and other prizing to the most active people on the site. We will be selecting between 50 and 100 art and design students who are socially outgoing to join this program. We are targeting students majoring in any art-related field to be key contributors to the site and give honest feedback to Voices Republic about the site user experience. For being a part of this hand-selected group, all Intern Republic participants will receive the following: • Official certificate of participation signed by Voices Republic Creative Director • Reference letter signed by Premise Partner, Gregg Witt (a leading youth marketing agency) • Chance to work with Voices Republic and other national brands that partner w/projects • Most importantly, students gain valuable experience shaping a new brand Additionally, all members of the Intern Republic will be eligible to receive the Voices Republic Ambassador Scholarship for $500 that will be awarded at the end of the 90-day term. Also, there is $1,000 in bonus prizing that all interns that complete the program are in the running for. We ask that the students in the internship remain as active on the site as they realistically can over the 90-day period, contributing theme ideas and project submissions (if they’re a creator), help us make the site better, and complete a basic survey at the end.

Henry and Chiyo Kuwahara Creative Arts Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This scholarship was established to encourage creative projects that reflect the Japanese American experience and culture. All technical work of the applicant should be of the university level. Professional artists are not eligible to apply for this award.

Howard Rock Foundation Graduate Scholarship Prgm

1. Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate student and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. 2. Graduate degree programs include Master degrees such as Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Teaching (M.A.T.); and doctorate degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), etc.

The ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship

This scholarship, created to identify young talent and to encourage the study of musical theater, is presented each year to a student at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts. Funded by an endowment from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, it honors the music publisher Max Dreyfus who served on ASCAPs Board for 50 years and was a mentor to many musical theater legends. It is funded by a generous gift from the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

Hispanic College Fund/McNamara Family Creative Arts Projects Grants

Criteria: 1. Must be of Hispanic heritage. 2. Must be pursuing a degree in art. 3. Must be a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident with permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired). 4. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. 5. Must be a full-time student. 6. Must have earned at least 12 undergraduate units. 7. Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Catherine Urban Scholarship for Art and Design

Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design For a School of Art & Design student. Must be at least a junior or senior; must be a declared major; have a GPA in the major of 3.0 or better, and an overall GPA of 3.0; must have financial need.

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