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Assistantships & Funding

Admitted graduate students pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree in the department, are eligible to apply for an assistantship. Assistantships supply graduate students with a stipend.  The department offers two different types of assistantships to incoming students:

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

GAs may receive a position in the following areas: Ceramics, Painting, Photo, Printmaking, Sculpture, Digital Media, Equipment Checkout, Foundations, BA Studio Art and BFA Studio Art.


Assisting Ceramics


Maintain the area, fire kilns, manage the facilities, mix glazes, assist the Ceramics Lab Manager


Assisting Painting


Maintain the area, keep studios clear, clean and functioning, refresh paint materials, lab monitor, generally assist the Painting Lab Manager and faculty.


Assisting Photo


Serves as a monitor in the digital and analog photographic labs and/or lighting studio. This includes regular supply refills(chemicals, ink, misc supplies), student assistance, and regular facility upkeep, in collaboration with the Photo Lab Manager.


Assisting Printmaking


Assists with all regular daily maintenance of the Printmaking shops including, letterpress, book arts, screen print, relief and, etching, lab monitors during open lab times and assist with special projects in the Printmaking Area including, organization, promotion of special events, and building projects. GAs work closely with the Print Lab Manager.


Assisting Sculpture


Maintain the area, keep workshops clear and functioning, lab monitor, generally assist the Sculpture Lab Manager. Learning about the machines and tools to help troubleshoot for students.


Assisting Checkout


Maintain open hours for booking in and out of equipment, maintain working order of equipment including battery re-charging, learn and use the FileMaker booking system software, notify Art Office on no-returns, notify Techs when equipment needs repair or replacement.


Assisting Digital Media/FabLab


Maintain the area, keep lab clear and functioning, lab monitor, generally assist the Digital Media Lab Manager. Learning about the 3D printers, vinyl plotters, and laser cutting tools to help troubleshoot the machines for students.


Foundations GA


This position supports the Foundations area and the Foundations Director. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Weekly inspections and clean-up of Foundations classrooms
  • Overseeing the 2nd floor display case calendar
  • Photographing and editing images of Foundations student artwork and events d. Foundations exhibition point person


Assisting BA 


Research assistant; assist with organization and documentation of events and exhibitions; assist with management of social media.


Assisting BFA


Research assistant; assist with organization and documentation of events and exhibitions; assist with management of social media.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

TAs are MFA-seeking graduate students who perform primary teaching duties as the Instructor of Record (IOR). These assistantships are only offered to MFA candidates who have completed ART5927C Teaching College Art and PIE Training.


For more information please contact:

Teneé Hart
Department of Art
Fine Arts Building, Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Telephone: 850-644-2932

Additional Funding Opportunities

Below is information on distinguished scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and university financial aid 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. International Students from select countries should consider applying for the Linkage Institutes’ Out-of-State Tuition Exemption. Please note: You may need to take the GRE to qualify for certain funding sources.

Minority Scholarships


McKnight Doctoral Fellowships


These fellowships for newly enrolling African American and Hispanic graduate students provide up to five years of support, with a stipend of $12,000 plus tuition waivers and other support for four years and with the fifth-year support at a rate that is typical in the student’s academic program.

This is a state-wide program administered through the Florida Education Fund (FEF). Applications are available on the FEF website.
For more information regarding FSU application procedures, contact The Graduate School.

Florida Education Fund
201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1525
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 272-2772


American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship


This is a national competition for women at the final stage of writing their dissertations. The fellowship provides a stipend of $6,000 – $30,000.
AAUW provides other fellowship and postdoctoral opportunities. For more information on fellowship opportunities for women and application information, contact:

AAUW Educational Foundation
1111 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(800) 326-2289


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book Stipend


This award is given to approximately sixteen graduate and undergraduate students per year. Stipend is $350.

For more information, contact the FSU Center for Leadership & Social Change.


Latin American – Caribbean Scholars


Graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who have been awarded a non-duty scholarship from the U.S. federal government, the State of Florida government or by the government of the Latin American/Caribbean country of origin, of a minimum of $500 per semester, may be eligible to be designated as Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship recipients. A Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship recipient (LAC) will be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes only.

More information about the LAC scholarship is available here. For questions, please contact: Tori Cole: or (850) 644-2147


Leslie N. Wilson – Delores Auzenne Fellowship for Minorities


This assistantship is available for all new or currently full-time enrolled minority graduate students. Nomination is through the department or college, but competition for these awards is on a university-wide basis. The stipend is a minimum of $5,000 per academic year plus tuition waivers. Application forms are available from The Graduate School.