Financial Aid - Graduate

Graduate Programs: MA in Art History and MFA in Studio Art

The School of Art and Art History, the College of The Arts, and the University itself provide various forms of graduate student financial aid. Below is a list of types of current assistance available.

Graduate Student Assistantships
About 30 available each semester, for exceptional students to teach or assist classes and work in other capacities in the School of Art and Art History or the Contemporary Art Museum, amounts vary from about $5,000 to $10,000 per year plus tuition waivers.

Graphicstudio Graduate Assistantships
For one or two exceptionally talented high-achievement students to assist world-famous artists at USF's acclaimed center of art research and production, about $8,000 per year plus tuition waivers.

Harrison and Jane Covington Award
About $1,000. Awarded at the College's annual Graduation Celebration to a junior or senior art major who is selected as the most outstanding student in the College, based on superior artistic and academic achievements.

James Rosenquist Fellowships
Named for the famous American artist, a local resident. From $2,000 to $6,000.

Jean Rozier Winter Fellowships
About $700-$1,500

Las Damas de Arte Scholarships and Awards
About $500-$1,500

University Graduate Fellowships in Art
$7,000–$10,000 per year, with tuition waivers.

Other financial aid information, including assistance specifically for graduate students and minorities can be found on: USF's financial aid web site.

NOTE: There is no application process for most of the financial aid awards described above. Awards are determined by Faculty and the School's Director based on achievements and abilities of our students and applicants to our programs.

Funds for Graduate Conferences in Art History

The School of Art and Art History has a small fund available to art history graduate students wishing to give papers at conferences each academic year. The funds can be used to defray costs of travel and conference registration.

The money is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In general, students who are giving papers will have priority, but if a good case can be made for the relevance of a given conference to thesis research, it will be taken into consideration.

Once a paper has been accepted, submit an application to the M.A. Coordinator, consisting of a budget, a very brief statement about your interest in the conference, and your abstract. The art history faculty will make decisions about distributing amounts among those who apply.

Conference Presentation Grant Program (CPGP)

The USF Graduate & Professional Student Organization (GPSO) sponsors the Conference Presentation Grant Program (CPGP), which provides graduate students with funding up to $300 for presentations at professional conferences. For more information, visit the GPSO website at:

It is never too early in the academic year to apply for conference funding: the grants are given out on a first-come-first-serve basis. Turn in your application as early as possible, regardless of when you are traveling.

For further questions, contact the following:
Graduate and Professional Student Organization
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, FAO 174
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-6939
(813) 974-7343 FAX