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Graduate Grants, Fellowships & Residencies

The Office of Graduate Studies is proud to offer multiple grant opportunities for students in need of support for creative research projects and activities during their time at MICA, and post-graduation.

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.

For more information on Graduate Research Development Grants, application details, and past proposals, visit the MICA Graduate Community website.

Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture

The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 and the use of free studio space for the fellowship year.

Eligibility: Candidacy for the fellowship is by nomination only. Each fall, the Graduate Office invites a jury to select (2) candidates from our 4 M.F.A. programs in painting and sculpture.

More information: mfa@dedalusfoundation.org

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 $6,000 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. Since its inception, the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship has allowed over 30 of MICA's most talented graduate students to begin their careers with an immersive and transformative travel experience that informs their art making for years to come.

Proposals must demonstrate how funds will be used for the foremost possibilities of travel outside the applicant's country of origin.

Download the Fellowship Brochure

Eligibility: Graduating MFA students ONLY

Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award

The Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award recognizes graduate students from diverse backgrounds, experiences and groups that have been historically underrepresented in the fields of fine arts, design and related practices and scholarship. This award seeks to support, expand or increase diversity among the incoming class of graduate students and reflects one aspect of our aspiration to create an inclusive graduate community that recognizes and values diversity as central to MICA's graduate education.

The Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award recipients will comprise artists, critics, designers, educators, makers, curators, scholars and community leaders who will excel in their disciplines, who will balance and broaden perspectives on research, and who will make meaningful contributions to the critical and creative discourse on campus.

The Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award is additional to the scholarship provided through the merit award process.

Incoming MFA, MA or Post-Baccalaureate students who will contribute to the goal of increasing the diversity of the graduate student population. 

Award Information:
Incoming, first-year students may receive awards in amounts starting at $5,000 and up to $10,000. The total award will be divided and allocated over the duration of the program, provided the recipient remains a full- time or low-residency graduate student in good academic standing. Seven to ten awards are available to those who apply. 

Learn more about Dr. Leslie King Hammond and view a list of award recipients here.

Libby Bowerman Fellow at Keswick

MICA is delighted to collaborate with Keswick Multi Care, a first-class senior care center on the edge of Baltimore's Roland Park community, to offer the Libby Bowerman '82 Fellowship @ Keswick. This unique fellowship is a year-long opportunity for a MICA MFA Community Arts student to use their art-making to make a positive impact on the lives of Keswick's residents. The fellow will engage and support Keswick's elder population to express their creativity through workshops and creative arts projects.

Working directly with Keswick's Creative Arts Coordinator, the MICA Art Fellow will plan and lead art projects that promote self-advocacy and empowerment and are meaningful to the residents in this part of their life's journey. The Fellow is awarded a $9000 scholarship applied directly to their MICA tuition, as well as a direct stipend of $1500 each semester.

Complete Keswick Application Guidelines

Eligibility: MFA Community Arts Students only. The fellow must commit to two (2) semesters (Fall and Spring) and have reliable transportation to Keswick Multi Care Center.


MFA Fellowship Studio @ The Bromo Seltzer 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 Baltimoreskyline, must be practicing artists in a recognized visual or literary medium

Eligibility: Graduating MFA students ONLY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: Matching Funds

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has been a transformative experience for artists. It is designed to give emerging artists the opportunity to work independently and to build a strong and supportive community of artists through an experience extending far beyond the borders of its campus. MICA participates in Skowhegan's Matching Fellowship program and can award full scholarships for up to two (2) successful applicants.

Eligibility: First and second year MFA students working in painting and sculpture are eligible to participate. Interested students apply directly through Skowhegan.

St. Mary's College of Maryland: Artist House Teaching Fellow Residency

The SMCM-MICA Artist House Teaching Fellow Residency (one semester) is designed for an emerging artist/teacher to gain early teaching experience with undergraduates within a liberal arts college environment and produce new creative work while in residence. The Department of Art & Art History offers a program that integrates study of studio art, art history and art theory and students earn a B.A. in Art & Art History.

Complete Residency Guidelines and Requirements

Eligibility: MFA from MICA from 2009-present are eligible. The successful candidate will be able to teach Introduction to Drawing or Introduction to Graphic Design to a student population that will include majors and non-majors with a wide range of previous art experience.

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.

Eligibility: Graduating MFA students ONLY showing exceptional promise in painting, sculpture, film, video, mixed media and performance art.

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.

Eligibility: Current MICA undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students,  faculty and staff. All applicants are required to be supervised by either a MICA faculty or staff advisor.

Visit the Community Engagement Grants page for timeline and application information. 

Community Service Fund Grants

Student Affairs Community Service Fund Grants provide resources up to $750 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.

Eligibility: Current MICA undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students, faculty and staff. All applicants are required to be supervised by either a MICA faculty or staff advisor.

Career Development 

MICAnetwork is our free online database listing opportunities from employers across the United States who are actively seeking to hire MICA students and alumni. MICAnetwork also offers valuable information and tools for students and alumni preparing for their future careers in the arts, such as: information on career programs, internships, jobs, residencies, fellowships, grants and exhibitions. Students and alumni can post resumés and portfolio samples for view by employers.

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This page was last updated on 10/28/2016.