Grants & Awards
Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Art aid students in researching and applying for grants to fund special projects, travel, and fellowships.
The School of Art provides several awards per year to support interdisciplinary projects, summer travel, and recognize students who are excelling in their practice.
University Grants for Undergrad & Grad
Undergraduate Research Office (URO) and study abroad servives in the Office of International Education (OIE) provide support to students researching and applying for grant and fellowship opportunities both in and outside of the university.
- SURG (Small Undergraduate Research Grant) awards one-person CMU undergraduate projects up to $500. Group projects can receive up to $1,000. Grants are given as cash awards for materials and supplies related to the proposed project only, and will not affect financial aid.
- SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) awards $3,500 to CMU undergraduates for 8-10 full-time weeks of summer research in any field of study. Graduate Support Program provides some funding and assistance to graduate students applying for grants, conferences and fellowship opportunities both in and outside of the university.
- Study abroad funding from Carnegie Mellon, private & government organizations, scholarships for minority students and program-specific funding
Graduate Support Program offers academically focused seminars and workshops that advise, empower and help retain all graduate students.
- GSA Graduate Conference Funding enables CMU graduate students to make presentations or simply attend conferences in their field of study. This award is for $500 per student and is considered a partial source of support. Graduate students may not receive more than one Conference Funding award per academic year. Approximately 90 awards will be distributed each academic year, which are financed by the Graduate Student Assembly, in collaboration with the Graduate Support Programs Office and the Provost's Office.
- GUSH (GradUate Small Project Help) funding helps students reach their full potential through awards of up to $500 each, to be used against costs incurred in the completion of projects required for thesis and dissertation work. Funds may cover art supplies, datasets, software, chemical reagents, musical accompaniment for required performances, travel to historical and literary archives, and more. Third-year students in the School of Art have had much success in obtaining these funds.
School of Art Grants for Undergrad & Grad
The Interdisciplinary Award
2016 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:30pm, FRIDAY - APRIL 15, 2016
Grants teams consisting of at least one Junior, Senior or Graduate student in the School of Art and at least one collaborator from another department within CFA or CMU to pursue an interdisciplinary project or facilitate interdisciplinary research. A single grant or several smaller grants constituting a total of $3,000 may be awarded each year.
Annual Art Awards
Awards range from $800 - $1200 and qualify students for College Honors at graduation.
The School of Art's Annual Art Awards are open to all full-time BFA and BXA students in good academic standing. Students submit work during the last two weeks of the spring semester to be evaluated by Art faculty on the following criteria: conceptual depth, technical expertise and development, evidence of creative growth, engagement with the culture from which it emerges, sense of exploration, and demonstrated commitment.
Yale/Norfolk Summer Residency (undergrad)
Oxbow Fellowship (undergrad)
Some strong resources on campus, in Pittsburgh, and throughout the US that list ongoing job, exhibition / presentation, and residency opportunities.