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Graduate Grant and Fellowship Opportunities

The Division of Graduate Studies, Student Affairs and Academic Services, are proud to offer multiple grant and fellowship opportunities for students to pursue creative research locally, nationally, and abroad.

MICA Graduate Competitive Grants, Fellowships & Residencies

Opportunities through the Office Graduate Studies (410) 225-5274

Graduate Research Development Grants
The Graduate Research Development Grants create opportunities for MFA, MA and Post-Bac students to further their research/creative projects by offering financial support up to $500 on a competitive basis. Students may apply for grants to fund travel to research collections, conferences, performances, or residency programs in the United States or abroad; specialized training, workshops and seminars to enhance skills and qualifications or for the purchase of supplies, services, small items of equipment to complete the research/creative project.

Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship
The Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship is a competitive MICA fellowship awarded to an exceptional graduating MFA student working in painting, sculpture, mixed media or performance art. Created in 2007, the fellowship supports an emerging artist from one of MICA's MFA programs and carries a $10,000 cash award. The mission of the Toby Fund is to support programs and people with ideas and abilities to foster creativity and encourage new approaches to arts, education, environment, civic, health, and social services.  The fellowship is named for a philanthropist, art collector, author, and curator who served as curator for the Progressive Corporation's art collection, one of the top contemporary art collections in the country. 

Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship
The Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, funded by the Municipal Art Society, is one of the oldest awards at MICA and is given to a graduating MFA student each spring. The fellowship carries a $10,000 award to be used for travel outside of the recipient's native country. The society recognizes that direct contact with the cultural riches of other lands, and the deepening experience of travel itself are important experiences for any artist at the threshold of his or her career.

MICA Graduate Fellowship Studio at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
The Brown Studio, located at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, is awarded for one year to a graduating MFA student. Tenants in the historic building, an icon on the Baltimore
skyline, must be practicing artists in a recognized visual or literary medium.


Opportunities through the Office of Community Engagement (410) 225-2504

Community Engagement Grants
Community Engagement Grants support the development of curricular and extracurricular art-and-design projects that enrich the learning environment for MICA students, faculty, staff that benefit the broader community. Eligible applicants may apply for grant support to cover materials, supplies, and transportation that are associated with the development, implementation or evaluation of qualifying projects. Grant requests are considered in the range of $500 to $2,500.


Opportunities through the Office of Student Affairs (410) 225-2422

Student Affairs Community Service Fund Grants
Student Affairs Community Service Fund Grants provide resources up to $500 for students engaged in service, volunteerism, community art, and service learning opportunities in the greater Baltimore Region. The fund is available for co-curricular, student-driven initiatives and may not fund projects that are for classroom credit or a required practicum. Projects should engage MICA students and community members collaboratively, while they support a particular need or purpose in the community. All grants require supervision by either a faculty or staff advisor.

The CAP Speical Project Fund
Through the generosity of the France-Merrick Foundation, the Community Arts Partnership Office is able to offer a special project grant, worth up to $500, to support community arts projects by past and present CAP interns. Funds may be used to pay for supplies for a specific project, publish a zine, paint a mural, etc. Funds may not be used to pay participants' or consultants' salaries or honoraria. Funds are intended to supportstudent-driven initiatives and may not fund projects that are for classroom credit or a required practicum. Given the foundation's presence in Baltimore, these funds are intended to support work benefiting communities in the Baltimore metropolitan region.