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Assistantships & Funding


Featured artwork by Craig Ryan


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 artwork by 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. Below is a small sample of fellowships that could be awarded to incoming and/or current graduate students:

  • 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.
  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowships: This fellowship provides up to five years of funding support for newly enrolled African American and Hispanic graduate students who intend to seek a terminal degree.
  • 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.
  • Latin American – Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship: This scholarship is only 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.
  • 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.

**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