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UCR offers several kinds of merit-based financial assistance to graduate students. An applicant is judged on the basis of the quality of previous academic work, on the evidence of ability to do research and other creative accomplishments, and on promise of becoming a productive scholar. Fellowship/grant awards are paid from a variety of funding sources, some of which require financial data. Students who accept fellowship and/or grant awards will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA forms are available from academic departments and the Graduate Division. Students who receive fellowships, TAs GSRs and fellowship/grant awards (full and/or partial) must register for and complete a full program of study and research each quarter, remain in good academic standing, and make acceptable progress toward their degree.

In most cases, applications for fellowships are considered only once a year. To obtain financial support including student loans, prospective students must apply to the Financial Aid Office on campus as part of the application process. The departmental deadline for applications is January 5 of each year.

History of Photography Fellowship/Internship

Intended to support PhD applicants pursuing the History of Photography, the award includes two full years of fellowship followed by additional funding through graduate teaching assistantships, plus the opportunity to curate a major exhibition at the California Museum of Photography.  Criteria for eligibility are academic excellence and a sense of professional focus as expressed in the student’s statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.

GAANN Fellowships

Incoming PhD students focusing on Native American studies are eligible for funding from the GAANN fellowship program, administered through the Graduate Division at UCR. These three-year grants, which provide promising students with tuition and stipends, come from a significant award made in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). UCR is the premiere university in the field in Native American Studies.

Gluck Graduate Fellowships

UCR is one of a select few institutions in the United States to be able to offer these prestigious fellowships, the mission of which is to engage and educate the broader community in the arts. In the Department of the History of Art, Gluck Fellowships are awarded to newly enrolled students. Gluck Graduate Fellows in the History of Art will serve the goals of the program by delivering lectures to specially targeted audiences. Each fellow will receive a $5000 fellowship. Additional funds for equipment, materials, and supplies will also be provided to support the fellows’ activities.

Central Fellowships

Central Fellowships are highly competitive and intended for outstanding entering graduate students with minimum GPAs of 3.5 and GRE scores above 308. Nominations by the Department are made to Graduate Division based on a completed application received by January 5. Recipients of the fellowship must maintain GPAs of 3.5 or higher and make acceptable progress in order to ensure continuation of fellowship support.

Additional Financial Support Options

History of Art Graduate Teaching Assistantships: each academic year, nine teaching assistantships are offered, each carrying a salary and other benefits.

History of Art Graduate Readerships: a small number of readership positions are offered each academic year; the financial value of these readerships vary.

History of Art Graduate Researchers: a small number of graduate researcher positions are available each year; funding depends upon faculty research grants.

Nonresident Tuition Grants: A limited number of tuition grants may be available to incoming students who are not residents of California and who are US citizens or have permanent immigrant visas. Interested individuals should contact the graduate adviser or graduate secretary.

Master’s Thesis Research Grants: These are for student expenses in the research undertaken for the MA thesis. Applications are considered once each quarter and are available from the graduate secretary. Students must be registered while expending their award. Maximum award is $500.