Departmental support is available in the form of conference and research travel funding, support for co-teaching and research assistantships, dissertation research, and dissertation writing, as well as for intensive language study, and invited talks and symposiums. Additionally, museum internships and university-wide awards are also available. Please see below for more information on each of the following:
University & School of Humanities Awards
Please note: Depending on the type of award, additional funding may be considered taxable income. At the end of the year awarded students may receive a 1099 or 1098-T form depending on how their award was paid out and their award may be taxed.
Students applying for any awards through the department should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Students should be in good academic standing when applying for any funding.
- Applications should be complete and submitted by the appropriate deadline and in advance of any travel. Language funding requests may be submitted on a rolling basis.
- Students should make sure to follow all individual application requirements.
- A letter of support from the student's advisor may be required for some awards.
- Students must submit a one-page report to the department within 30 days of the completion of their award and/or travel.
- Applications for travel should comply with the Graduate Student Travel Funding Policy. Please review before submitting a budget.
How to apply:
- Students should submit applications for Departmental Awards using the forms below, where applicable.
- Budgets are required for all travel funding requests and must follow the Graduate Student Travel Funding Policy. Please include any outside funding sought/awarded. Allowable expenses:
- conference registration/membership
- airfare (including baggage)
- trains, buses, and other forms of transportation between destinations
- ground transportation to/from airport
- 50% per diem (for meals and local transportation)
Please use this BUDGET TEMPLATE (downloadable Excel spreadsheet) with your application for travel.
Conference and Exhibition Travel Award
(October 15 & February 1)
- Purpose and eligibility: Graduate students in any year of study may apply for funds to cover the costs of attending a conference, presenting at a conference, or visiting an exhibition or museum collection related to research in their field of study. This also includes fees for online conferences.
- Award specifications: Conference attendance awards will not exceed $500 and exhibition travel awards will not exceed $750; conference presentation awards do not have a set limit. Applications must be submitted in advance of travel and each type of funding may only be awarded twice during a student’s time in the program, and funds are not guaranteed.
- Application requirements: Students must submit a proposal, budget, and letter of support from your advisor (a copy of an email is fine).
APPLY for the Conference and Exhibition Travel Award
Brown Foundation Research Assistantships
(Due October 15 & February 1)
- Purpose and eligibility: Graduate Students who will be in their third to sixth year (Museum Professionals students in their fourth to seventh year) are eligible to apply to be a research assistant, and work on a project with a faculty member for one semester.
- Award specifications: Research assistantships require up to 10 hours of work per week and receive a $5,000 stipend during the semester that they work, and may qualify for a tuition waiver. Two research assistantships are available each year, and a student may only receive the award once during his/her time in the program.
- Application requirements: Students should submit a proposal describing the project, accompanied by a statement from the faculty member with whom they would like to work about the student’s potential contribution to the project.
APPLY for the Brown Foundation Research Assistantship
Art History Graduate Student Symposium & Invited Speakers
- Purpose and eligibility: Graduate students in any year of study, who are interested in organizing invited lectures, half-day colloquia or workshops, or a biennial symposium or conference, may apply.
- Award specification: Up to $15,000 annually for all proposals.
- Deadline: please contact Anna Julia about application deadlines
- Application requirements: Students should email a proposal and detailed budget to the Graduate Program Administrator, Anna Julia - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown Foundation Co-Teaching Awards
(Due January 15)
- Purpose and eligibility: Beginning in their fourth-year, students may apply to co-teach a course with a faculty member in the upcoming academic year (this application should be generated in partnership with a faculty member). Graduate students serving as co-instructors share in responsibility for every aspect of the course, including syllabus development, teaching and grading evaluation. Not open to students on the Museum Professionals track. At the time of the course, students must be in their fifth-year of the program or beyond; preference will be given to students applying to teach in their fifth or sixth year.
- Award specifications: One award may be offered every semester. The award is $7,500, to be paid out as stipend, and may qualify the student for a tuition waiver in the semester that the course is being taught.
- Application requirements: The student should submit a proposal describing the course accompanied by a statement from the faculty co-instructor describing the student’s role as a co-teacher.
APPLY for the Brown Foundation Co-Teaching Award
(Due February 1)
- Purpose and eligibility: Students in their first, second, or third year may apply for summer research funds to cover costs of travel and research for their qualifying paper or potential dissertation topics.
- Award specifications: Awards up to $5,000 are possible but not guaranteed; if such an award is granted twice to the same student, the total amount of both will not exceed $5,000.
- Application requirements: The student should submit a one-page proposal and budget.
APPLY for the Graduate Summer Research Award
Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award
(Due February 1)
- Purpose and eligibility: Students who expect to pass their Qualifying Exams and advance to candidacy may apply for a Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award. The primary purpose of the award is to allow students to travel and undertake research necessary for their dissertation.
- Award specifications: Awards up to $10,000 are possible, but funds are not guaranteed; if such an award is granted twice to the same student, the total amount of both will not exceed $10,000. Final confirmation of the award and the release of funding will occur only after the student has the qualifications to advance to candidacy.
- Application requirements: Students must present a detailed proposal (no more than four pages) and a budget. The student must also show proof of application to outside funding sources.
APPLY for the Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award
Intensive Language Study
- Purpose and eligibility: The Department of Art History will support graduate students who need funding for language study. The language must be a target language in the student’s field of research and preference is given to languages not taught at Rice during the academic year. Students should discuss intensive language study with their advisor or DGS.
- Award specifications: The department can award grants of up to $1,500 per semester, including summer, for intensive language study.
- Application requirements: Students should submit the application for each semester they wish to secure funding; students applying for continued support should include a statement from their tutor or instructor regarding the progress that has been made thus far.
APPLY for Language Funding
- Graduate students in any year may apply for a museum internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), to work on a specific project or exhibition defined by the museum curators. The project or area of research changes every year and is determined by the MFAH.
- Finalists chosen by the Department of Art History will be interviewed by the curators of the MFAH for final selection. Award is $10,000 per year.
- Online applications (1-2-page letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcript) are due on March 1, 2024.
2024-25 Graduate William A. Camfield Fellowship Project Description
Under the supervision of the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Research Assistant will support curatorial work including proposed acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and collections management. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will encompass exhibition support for a project scheduled for 2025. This position requires the ability to work in an encyclopedic museum while also working independently and collaboratively with various members of the department. Candidate will have the opportunity to further knowledge of African and African diasporic art and cultures as well as DEAI initiatives in museum environments. Position is structured on fostering a learning experience rooted in anti-racism methodologies for candidate interested in pursuing museum career.
Supervisor: Dr. Anita N. Bateman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Graduate students in any year may apply for a museum internship for one academic year at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) under the guidance of CAMH's Assistant Curator. The fellow will gain professional museum experience by assisting the curatorial department, focusing primarily on a major upcoming exhibition and publication that will survey the work of a renowned Houston-based contemporary artist.
- Award is $3,000 per year.
- Online applications (1-2-page statement of interest, CV, unofficial transcript) are due on March 1, 2024.
- The Jameson Fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate applicants an opportunity to intern at the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for an academic year.
- The annual stipend is $15,000, and additional funds (up to $2,000) are reserved for a research trip during the time of the fellowship.
- Online applications (one-page letter of interest, CV, letter of support, unofficial transcript) are due on March 1, 2024.
- Available to one undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Art History at Rice University per academic year (September–May), the program offers the opportunity to work as an intern in the curatorial department at The Menil Collection. Areas and field of research will fall under either the Permanent Collection Research or Exhibition Projects.
- Finalists chosen by the Department of Art History will be interviewed by the curators of TMC for final selection. Award is $3,000 per year.
- Online applications (one-page letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcript) are due on March 1, 2024
Please note: Internships are not open to students on the Museum Professionals track
For additional MFAH opportunities, please see the museum's website on Internship & Fellowship Opportunities.
University & School of Humanities Awards
Rice University Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship Program
- James T. Wagoner ‘29 loved to travel, and he loved Rice, so he made provisions that after his death a study-abroad scholarship for students would be established in memory of his late wife and parents. The Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship provides students and alumni the opportunity to conduct research abroad for a minimum of eight weeks to one year.
- For application and deadline information, please see https://graduate.rice.edu/academics/finance/wagoneraward.
School of Humanities Dean’s Conference, Research, and Professional Advancement Fund
- The Dean’s Fund was created to provide opportunities for travel and professionalization for students, especially in departments that have been historically underfunded in these areas. Funds for conference, research, and professional advancement for PhD students are available.
- For more information, please see Dean of Humanities Graduate Research Funding.
Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Gradstarter Awards
- GradStarter is a dynamic platform designed to help graduate students develop and launch innovative ideas that enhance the graduate student and postdoctoral intellectual community at Rice. Rice community members are invited to submit proposals for projects that promote graduate and postdoctoral scholarship, training, and development.
- For more information, please see http://gradstarter.rice.edu.
Humanities Research Center (HRC) Funding
- Since its establishment in 1987, the Humanities Research Center has been committed to fostering connections among diverse disciplines while promoting the research goals of the humanities broadly construed. This commitment includes generous and varied funding opportunities for graduate students, including opportunities for research, travel, teaching, and fellowships.
- Please visit http://hrc.rice.edu/calls-deadlines for an up-to-date list of calls and deadlines.
Rice University Fondren Library Research Awards
- Fondren Library’s annual Research Award program is funded by the Friends of Fondren Library and recognizes students who demonstrate extraordinary skill and creativity in the application of library and information resources to original research and scholarship.
- For information, please see https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/21949.