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Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance offered by the Graduate School must complete the application process by the deadline found on the graduate school website here. Further information on each of these awards can be found on the Graduate School website.

  • Weiss Urban Livability Fellowships
  • University Merit Assistantships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowship Opportunities


We are happy to be able to offer full funding to all accepted students in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and additional Graduate Assistantships. Graduate TAships include tuition remission as well as a stipend of $6,000 per semester.  Graduate Assistantships require approximately 10 hours of work per week for a stipend of $2,000 per semester.

During the second year of the program, the department also awards full-course responsibility Teaching Fellowships for courses in Basic Drawing, Intro to  Photography, Intro to Video, as well as a few other courses. The University takes its teaching mission very seriously, and the department awards Teaching Fellowships to students who have fulfilled the program’s curriculum requirements for their first year, and have fulfilled the specified teaching prerequisites of 18 credit hours in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill and completion of the Teaching Practicum. Teaching Fellows are advised by the Director of Graduate Studies, and individual faculty members with expertise in the courses being taught. All studio art Teaching Fellows also participate in the annual TA Orientation sponsored by the UNC Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and are encouraged to use the CTL’s resources throughout the semester.

The Department of Art recommends that all applicants complete and submit the Financial Aid Form (FAF), so it will be on file in case a loan or work-study employment is needed. For details, contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Funds are also available for student travel through various departmental endowments.  Each year the Director of Graduate Studies for Studio Art solicits applications for these awards.