Financial aid is available to help students meet the expenses of graduate study. The chief financial aids on which Art History graduate students currently rely are scholarships, fellowships and assistantships from university, governmental, private, or endowed sources, loans, personal savings, and outside employment. Fellowships, assistantships, scholarships and tuition remission are merit-based, and made upon recommendation of the Department of Art History and Archaeology to the graduate school. Beginning in 1994, the Graduate School has undertaken to provide long-term stipend support for resident Ph.D. candidates in good academic standing. Virtually all candidates receive support through their sixth or seventh year in residence.
The following sections are meant to convey only general ideas of the possibilities open to graduate students, together with an outline of the advantages and requirements of each of the major forms of assistance.
The maximum tuition fee for the students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the 2014-2015 academic year is $45,700. Tuition is $1,904.00 per credit hour for the first 8 units. A flat rate of $22,850 applies for 9 or more units per semester. Tuition is due in the full amount at the time of registration. By right of the University, the tuition rate is subject to annual change. More information about tuition costs can be found here.
University Tuition Scholarships (Tuition Remission)
Scholarship grants may cover part or all the costs of tuition to the limit of full-time study. Scholarships are available both to new and continuing students. Beyond the course work requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, partial or full tuition scholarships covering the Resident or Non-Resident Candidate’s Fee will be considered only for students who are receiving a University Fellowship, Continuing Fellowship, Dissertation Fellowship, external Fellowship or Traineeship that funds partial tuition remission, or Teaching Assistantships that are provided from University funds.
Since perception of academic merit is the sole criterion for the award of tuition scholarships, these grants are not subject to taxation under the federal tax law in force for 1999-2000. However, stipend awards, including those described below, are taxable.
Fellowships are stipend awards aimed at supporting full-time study, although a certain amount of teaching or research may be required as part of the advanced degree program. Many fellowships are awarded in open competition, while others are earmarked for specific departments, activities, or types of students. University Fellowship stipends for the 2014-2015 academic year are $20,500 in the Humanities. Most fellowships are awarded on an annual basis and are not renewable.
Worthy of particular note are the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program and the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women. These special fellowship packages provide full tuition scholarships plus annual stipends of up to $29,500 up to five years of graduate study. More information about these fellowships can be found at: http://cgfp.wustl.edu and http://olinfellowship.wustl.edu
There is a possibility in most programs for graduate students to be appointed as teaching assistants. They may include assisting faculty in the preparation, instruction and grading of an undergraduate course; tutorial responsibilities; monitoring the laboratory segment of an undergraduate course; and, in some instances, full course responsibility. Teaching assistant duties generally require an average of 12-15 hours per week although there is great variance depending upon departmental needs. The TA stipend in 2014-2015 for a two-semester appointment is $21,650.
Teaching assistants are highly valued members of the Washington University instructional team. Graduate students selected as teaching assistants customarily receive departmental pedagogical training including seminars in class preparation, critiques of teaching methodology, and disciplinary mentoring. In addition, the Washington University Teaching Center, established "to enhance teaching effectiveness," conducts an annual university-wide orientation meeting for all new teaching assistants, consults with departments on training programs, and provides for materials, outside lectures and audiovisual aids for course use.
To recognize outstanding teaching by teaching assistants, the Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence are given each Spring. Awards include a certificate of recognition and a cash prize.
International teaching assistants who, for the first time, will be assigned duties involving the use of English to instruct students in the College of Arts and Sciences or in University College, are required to pass a special pedagogy/oral proficiency examination as a prerequisite to appointment. More details are available through the ESL program at Stix International House.
External Grants and Fellowship Resources
Graduate departments and programs are the primary resource for external grant and fellowship information. Individual departments and programs provide a broad range of mechanisms for students to explore external funding opportunities. Widely practiced departmental activities include posting external grant and fellowship applications, faculty nominations for certain awards, and faculty review of applications. Graduate students are encouraged to discuss external grant opportunities and applications with faculty in their graduate programs.
Please also visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Financial Information Page:
Each year the Dedalus Foundation supports Ph.D. dissertation projects related to modern art and modernism with awards of up to $20,000. For application forms and guidelines write to:
Fellowship Program, Dedalus Foundation, Inc.
555 W. 57th St., Suite 1222
New York, NY 10013
Applications are due in December and winners are announced in April.
Please refer to the information provided by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences here.
Withdrawals and Refunds
Requests for refund of tuition paid by a student who is withdrawing from a degree program should be made by submitting a Withdrawal Form to the Graduate School Office.
Students receiving financial assistance from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (fellowships, assistantships, etc.) are required to maintain full-time student status.
Requests for refund of tuition paid by a student who is withdrawing from a specific course should be submitted in writing to the Graduate School Registrar. The last date of class attendance is ordinarily used in determining the amount that can be refunded. Students withdrawing within the first two weeks of classes will receive a full refund; those withdrawing before the end of the fourth week pay 20 percent; those withdrawing before the end of the eighth week pay 40 percent. Students who have had their full tuition remitted for them by the Graduate School or by a third party will not receive any refund.