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Assistantships & Funding


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The FSU Department of Art assists graduate students financially through a variety of teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, and other types of support.

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Graduate Assistantships

The FSU Department of Art has technical or teaching assistantships available for our graduate Master of Fine Arts students. First year students can receive a technical assistantship (GA); qualified students may be offered a teaching assistantship (GTA) during their 2nd and 3rd year in the program.

This is where graduates will perform primary teaching duties as the Instructor of Record (IOR) and gain knowledge of teaching foundation-level, along with some media specific courses. These assistantships are only offered to MFA candidates who have completed ART5927C Teaching College Art and PIE Training. Students must maintain a high level of performance in the program to keep their assistantship status.


Featured artworks by Shelby Evans + Celeste Ivory


Funding Opportunities

Fellowships, scholarships, waivers, stipends, and awards provide support and valuable experience to graduate students. Florida State University offers a variety of fellowships and awards through the department and/or through the Graduate School. For priority consideration for the Departmental Awards the deadline to apply for Fall 2023 is January 1, 2023. Once you apply, you will be sent further information regarding these opportunities. Below is a small sample of fellowships that could be awarded to incoming and/or current graduate students:

University Awards

  • Legacy Fellowship: This fellowship is only available to incoming 1st year students. Incoming students need to apply to the graduate program by mid-December to be eligible for consideration. The Fellowship offers $10,000 per calendar year for up to three years.
  • American Association of University Women International Fellowship:  These fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book Stipend: This stipend awards $350 to individuals who identify as African American/Black in order to assist these Florida State University students in completing their education.
  • Leslie N. Wilson – Delores Auzenne Fellowship for Minorities: This fellowship awards $5,000, which is added to the graduate assistant stipend for a maximum of approximately $15,000 plus a full tuition waiver. The Leslie N. Wilson-Delores Auzenne Assistantship for Minorities is available for all new or currently enrolled minority graduate students. Nomination is through the department or college, but competition for these awards is on a university-wide basis.

Department Awards

  • Bivins-Harrison Fellowship: The Bivins-Harrison Fellowship supports the recruitment of graduate students committed to the core ideas of DIAE [diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity]. Preference will be given to outstanding students from minoritized backgrounds. This award supports incoming graduate students with their transition to graduate education and celebrates their future contributions to FSU. The Bivins-Harrison Fellowship offers $5,000 per calendar year for up to three years. This funding is in addition to the departmental stipend and full* tuition waiver.
  • Socially Engaged Scholarship: This scholarship offers $5,000 per calendar year for up to three years. Given to outstanding newly enrolled studio art graduate students for work exemplifying exceptional achievement, with preference given to those whose creative practice engages discourses that have been historically under-represented.
  • MoFA Award: This graduate assistantship opportunity awards an additional $1,500 each academic semester to the MoFA [Museum of Fine Arts] Graduate Assistant (for up to one year). This GA position is highly sought after and geared towards individuals who express specific interest in curatorial processes, preparator techniques and/or museum operations.
  • Specialty Tech Award: This award grants an additional 5 – 10 assistantship hours, which is added to the normal graduate assistant stipend for a maximum of 20 hours. The Specialty Tech Award is available to all incoming MFA in Studio Art graduate students, nomination for this opportunity is through the department, dependent on area needs and associated technical and equipment skill sets.

**Note: University fellowships and research awards are available on a competitive basis.  Please see the Graduate School Funding and Awards website for more detailed information.

*Funding varies depending on incoming status – see our Assistantship & Funding page for details.


Featured artwork by Samantha McCoy


International Funding Opportunities

The scholarships and waivers listed below are specific opportunities for incoming and/or current international graduate students. Our graduate program provides eligibility for these opportunities; they are not guaranteed scholarships/waivers. These funding decisions are made ultimately by the University.

  • Latin American – Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship: This scholarship is available to graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). A Latin American – Caribbean Scholarship (LAC) recipient will be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes only and would therefore qualify for a full tuition waiver through the MFA program.
    • Citizens from the following countries are eligible: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman, Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, U.K. Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Linkage Institute Waivers: These waivers provide international students from eligible countries with the opportunity to apply for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition. Selection is competitive and students must apply to the appropriate Linkage Institute directly.
    • Citizens from the following countries are eligible: Brazil, Canada, Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago), China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan), France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, and West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo).

**Note: University fellowships and research awards are available on a competitive basis.  Please see the Graduate School Funding and Awards website for more detailed information.


Featured artwork by Brian Holcombe


Additional Funding Opportunities

Below is information on distinguished scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans available to Department of Art students. All U.S. students are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) regardless of their income. Please note: You may need to take the GRE to qualify for certain funding sources.


Featured artwork by Andrew Turner