Art Studio Graduate Financial Support


Financial Support
Art Studio Graduate Students

The M.F.A. program in Art Studio has a number of Fellowships that we award to M.F.A. students every year. In addition, there are competitive awards and grants offered by the department, Graduate Studies, and other campus groups that provide financial support to our M.F.A. students in Art Studio. Some of these are listed here; for more information, please see the Art Studio M.F.A. Handbook, or contact the Graduate Adviser or Program Coordinator.

Departmental awards

Art Studio helps to financially support the education of its graduate students through Art Studio Fellowships and competitive awards. Our generous support includes funds endowed by Mary Lou Osborn, Robert Arneson, Fay Nelson, Freemon Gadberry, and The Nelson Artfriends.

University awards and grants

Students may also apply for university support through Graduate Studies Travel Awards, Davis Humanities Fellowships, and Consortium for Women and Research Awards.

Outside Awards and Residencies

UC Davis participates in the Headlands Graduate Fellow Award program that supports year-long artist’s residencies for recent M.F.A. graduates at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Some of our recent students have won nationally competitive graduate fellowships from the Dedalus Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Teaching Positions

Graduate students also have the opportunity to work with the faculty as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and as instructor of record, as Associate-Ins (AIs). These positions come with pay and partial fee remission.

Application for Financial Aid

If you will be applying for need-based grants, loans, or financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA form to the Financial Aid Office. This form may be obtained at any college or university financial aid office or on line at For complete information regarding financial aid at UC Davis, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for graduate and professional students. Click on their Contact us tab for phone numbers and other specifics.

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