MFA Scholarships

School of Art Scholarships and Fellowships for Graduate Students In the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Programs

The School of Art Scholarship Committee awards scholarships and fellowships from the University of Houston, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), and the School of Art.

Scholarships and Fellowships from the University of Houston

Presidential Fellowships: Two year fellowships awarded to applicants for graduate study who demonstrate the highest potential for academic excellence. Recipients must be enrolled for 9 hours per semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point to maintain the award. 

Doctoral Student Tuition Fellowship (DSTF): Awards to new and continuing graduate students in the amount of the statutory in-state tuition for 9 credit hours per semester. Students receiving the DSTF must have an undergraduate degree or the equivalent, be enrolled for 9 hours per semester, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above, show satisfactory progress toward the degree, and agree to work no more than 20 hours per week (50% FTE) on or off-campus. Violation of the employment requirement will result in withdrawal of the funding during the semester in which the violation occurs. 

Scholarships and Fellowships from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Delores Welder Mitchell ScholarshipsRecipients of the Delores Welder Mitchell Scholarship must be enrolled for 9 hours per semester, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and demonstrate progress toward the degree.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Scholarships: Awards from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts to students in the School of Art, the School of Music, the School of Theatre and the Creative Writing Program whose work is significantly interdisciplinary. Recipients must be enrolled for 9 hours per semester, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and demonstrate progress toward the degree. 

Scholarships and Fellowships from the School of Arts

All Scholarship awards from the School of Art carry the requirement that recipients be enrolled for 9 hours per semester, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and demonstrate progress toward the degree. The Scholarship Committee and the Director of the School of Art must approve exceptions to these requirements. Unless other wise noted, the scholarships and fellowships listed are awarded annually when funds are available and divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters. Unless otherwise noted, all MFA students in the School of Art are eligible to receive these scholarships.

Friends of Art Scholarships
Berry Scholarship
LaRuth Blain Scholarship
Holt-Wich Scholarship
Bunker Scholarship: Painting and Sculpture Students Only
UHGAP Scholarships: Graphic Communication Students Only 

School of Art Selection Process for Master of Fine Arts Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

The scholarships and fellowships listed above are awarded based on merit. All new and continuing students are considered candidates for all the scholarships and fellowships listed.  No additional application is necessary. 

Criteria for Evaluating Entering Master of Fine Arts Students

The faculty in the areas of concentration nominates entering graduate students for scholarships and fellowships according to these factors:

  • Applicant’s portfolio
  • Applicant’s academic record at the previous undergraduate and/or graduate institutions
  • Applicant’s letters of recommendation and the qualifications of the recommenders
  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest in obtaining an advanced degree as evidenced by the statement of intent
  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest in obtaining an advanced degree as evidenced by participation in professional activities related to art (These activities may include, but are not exclusive to, participation in exhibitions and installations, publication of art criticism or other writing about art, and receipt of awards or grants for art work.)
  • Other relevant qualifications

Criteria for Evaluating Continuing Master of Fine Arts Students

The faculty in the areas of concentration nominates continuing students for scholarships according to these factors:

  • Strength of the student’s body of work
  • Student’s progress toward the degree.
  • Student’s Graduate School Academic Record
  • Student’s participation in professional activities related to art
  • Other relevant qualifications

Contact Jessica Locheed, Graduate Advisor, for further information regarding the scholarships and fellowships available for graduate students.