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There are a variety of Awards, Scholarships, and other Funding available to graduate students in Art & Design. In addition to the information below, please visit FGSR Awards and Funding.
First Year Graduate Student Funding
If you are recommended for admission to one of our graduate programs, you may be considered for funding through either a scholarship or teaching and/or research assistantships in the first two years of your Master’s program. The type of funding offer is partly determined by academic standing.
Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships
Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships are awarded by departments and based on a student’s academic standing and ability to perform the required duties. Part-time assistantships (teaching or research) normally require 3-12 hours of work per week over the term of the appointment. Full-time Principal Instructor assistantships (teaching) require an equivalent of 12 hours of work per week over the term of the appointment. Students in the first and second year of their Master’s programs are given first consideration for assistantship funding. Eligible students are automatically considered.
Awards and Scholarships
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship valued at $10,800 (master’s level) for 12 months. Awarded to students entering or continuing in a full-time Master’s program. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Eligible students are automatically considered.
University of Alberta Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes) Scholarship
University of Alberta Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Design (MDes) Scholarship (3) valued at $15,000 each, awarded to newly admitted students in Art & Design studio programs. Renewable for one year. Eligible students are automatically considered.
University of Alberta Master’s (Recruitment) Scholarship
University of Alberta Master’s (Recruitment) Scholarship valued at $17,000 plus tuition and fees for the first Fall and Winter terms. In addition, the Department guarantees that a recipient will receive continued funding, from any combination of sources, for year 2 of the Master's program based on the rates for Graduate Assistantship appointments for 12 hours per week non Principal Instructor master's students. Eligible students are automatically considered.
Awards and Scholarships for Continuing Students
Graduate students are notified when the following awards competitions begin unless the award states that eligible students are automatically considered.
Art & Design Travel Grant
The Department of Art and Design is pleased to offer a one-time travel grant of up to $1,000 for graduate students enrolled in the MA, MDes, MFA, and PhD programs. To learn more about the deadlines and details for this grant, please fill out the Art & Design Travel Grant Application Form.
FGSR Travel Awards
Available to all graduate students, these variable amount awards allow students to expose their research results and conclusions to peer review, test ideas with acknowledged experts, etc. Students apply directly to FGSR.
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship valued at $10,800 for 12 months. Awarded to students entering or continuing in a full-time Master’s program. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Eligible students are automatically considered.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Graduate Scholarship valued at $6,800. Four scholarships awarded annually to students entering the second year of the MFA program (representing a cross-section from the departmental areas of Drawing and Inter-Media, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture) on the basis of high academic merit in their first year of the graduate program. Eligible MFA students are automatically considered at the end of the first year. The adjudication process takes place in the month of April.
Florence Andison Friedman Award (Undergraduate or Graduate)
Variable ($2,500 maximum)
Awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students with satisfactory academic standing in Painting and Drawing. Recipient will be selected on the basis of demonstrated promise in the area of painting and/or drawing. Endowed by friends and family of the late Florence Andison Friedman. Eligible students apply in April of each year.
Don McColl Graduate Scholarship (Graduate)
Awarded annually on the basis of superior academic achievement, to a student in a master's or doctoral degree program in Fine Arts or Rehabilitation Medicine. In even-numbered years, the scholarship will be awarded for study in Fine Arts and in odd-numbered years, the scholarship will be awarded for study in Rehabilitation Medicine. Endowed by Phyllis Clark in honor of her husband Don McColl. Eligible students are automatically considered.
Melba Sadler Award (Graduate)
Awarded annually to a fine art graduate student with superior academic achievement specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or printmaking. Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit, creativity, and imaginative ability in art. Endowed by Gerald W Sadler in memory of his wife Melba. Eligible students are automatically considered.
Eva Toban Scholarship (Undergraduate or Graduate)
Awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student with superior academic achievement in the areas of Design Studies and/or Fine Arts Studies. The recipient will be the student who, in the opinion of the Award Committee, has demonstrated the most promise in creative development in the last academic year. Endowed by Associate Chief Justice Tevie H Miller and Arliss Miller in honour of their mother Eva Toban on her 80th birthday. Eligible students apply in April of each year.
All students are also advised to seek external sources (SSHRC, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, etc.) of funding for their program.
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Undergraduate or Graduate)
$15,000 - $18,000
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation provides financial grants to students and artists in the early or developmental stage of their career. The Foundation focuses solely on those who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking and who are committed to making the practice of their art a lifetime career. The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for filing an application.
For further information on the Foundation, its mission, its grants, eligibility requirements and how to apply for a grant, please visit its website at www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org.
Margaret Brine Graduate Scholarships for Women
$3,000 or more
The Canadian Federation of University Women Edmonton Academic Awards Fund is now accepting applications for the Margaret Brine Graduate Scholarships program. Four scholarships will be awarded- two at Master's and two at Doctoral levels.