Scholarships: Graduate School of Art

All financial aid applicants are considered for available Sam Fox School fellowships and scholarships, as well as partial-tuition remission art scholarships. Financial aid applications are due February 15.

During the 2019-20 academic year, 100 percent of MFA students received scholarship/remission assistance. Scholarship/remission awards ranged from $5,000 to $43,750 annually, depending on merit and need.

Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program

The Sam Fox School is excited to launch the Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program, which will welcome its first group of students in fall 2020. Through this program, the School will award 10 full-tuition scholarships each year to outstanding candidates for graduate study. Ambassadors will also receive an annual $750 travel stipend to support individual research or School-sponsored travel. The tuition waiver and stipend will be renewed annually for Ambassadors in good standing.

Ambassadors will be selected from top applicants to the following degree programs: Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design. Learn more>>

Awards offered by the Graduate School of Art

Sam Fox School Graduate Scholarship
This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to one incoming MFA in Visual Art student and one incoming MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture student for the duration of their degree program.

The Ernestine Betsberg and Arthur Osver Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible through a bequest from the estate of renowned artists Arthur Osver, a professor of art at Washington University for 21 years, and Ernestine Betsberg, his wife of more than six decades. Each of these scholarships is awarded annually to an incoming MFA in Visual Art student who demonstrates significant artistic ability and future artistic promise. The award covers 75 percent of tuition.

The Catherine M. & Stanley R. Miller Scholarship
Each of these scholarships is awarded annually to an incoming MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture student. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition.

For information about scholarships awarded by the Graduate School of Art, contact Todd Farr.

University-Wide Scholarships

The Danforth Scholarship
Danforth Scholars are drawn from all of the University's graduate and undergraduate programs with the aim of fostering a community of high-achieving scholars. It is offered in recognition of academic achievement as well as leadership potential within the University and in the field of visual arts. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition. All MFA applicants are automatically considered for this award.

The following university-wide scholarship/fellowship opportunities require a separate application:

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship

The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors. The deadline for completed applications and supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study
A joint enterprise of the Monticello College Foundation and Washington University, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowships provide renewable awards covering the cost of tuition for graduate study by women in a number of fields, including art. The deadline for completed applications and all supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy
A core mission of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy is to develop future global leaders. We pursue this by recruiting outstanding graduates of partner institutions from around the world for PhD or professional degree programs at Washington University. It is more than academic talent alone that we seek, however. We also seek McDonnell Academy Scholars who have an interest in broader societal issues, and once they are here, we provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. These opportunities include experiencing the cultural and political life of America, learning about other societies, and meeting major figures from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. The application deadline is January 31. For more information, click here or e-mail mcdonnell@wustl.edu.