This is an open-ended grant intended for students at the School of Art to propose enrichment activities that fall outside of other funded student opportunities. 

Examples of activities include:

  • attending a conference out-of-state
  • volunteering at a New Haven arts organization
  • working/apprenticing at an unpaid internship

Examples of activities or specific expenses that will not be funded:

  • Your self-directed studio or design practice
  • Application fees for submitting grants or residency applications 
  • If you're not sure, please reach out to Annie Lin

Amount

Amount varies based on proposal up to $1,000. 

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate art majors
  • All MFAs
  • GD Prelims

Application components

  1. Special activities proposal (limit 300 words)
  2. Your budget proposal (limit 300 words)
  3. Is there anything else you want the committee to know about? (limit 300 words)

Conditions

  • Please submit proposals as far out in advance as possible from the activity to allow for committee discussion.
  • Notify the Director of Graduate Studies of your department about your project proposal. Some projects may be partially or completely funded by other funding sources that they can identify.

Deadline for submission

This is a rolling grant throughout the year. Proposals will be viewed as they are received until funds are depleted.

The Dean’s Prize recognizes second-year students at the School of Art whose proposed project, body of work (via submitted samples), or artistic outlook exemplifies the spirit of the School's studio-based practice.

Eligibility

Class of 2024

Amount

$5,000 

Application components

5-10 images

Short Answers:

  1. How would a $5,000 prize propel your launch from your MFA program into the world? (limit 300 words)
  2. How would this prize impact your art? (limit 300 words)
  3. Is there anything else you want the committee to know about? (limit 300 words)

Deadline to submit

April 7, 2024
 

FAQs 

Do I have to submit a project as a proposal?
The Dean’s Prize is open to the Class of 2024, and we’re inviting you to write an application that describes how this award would help launch you from your MFA program into the world. It’s open-ended. Some applicants may share projects. Some may share about their creative development. Some may describe the impending trajectory they foresee ahead of them after Yale. It’s entirely up to you. Help the committee envision how this prize would impact your art.


What is "the spirit of the School's studio-based practice"?
The spirit of the school is the program you’ve been in. It’s not prescriptive but encouragement for you to reflect on your MFA experience and how this prize might impact your art going forward.

Alice Kimball, Dean’s Fellowship, Harvey Geiger, Robert Schoelkopf 

About

These four travel grants are awarded to first-year students for travel over the summer between their first and second school years. Graphic Design Prelims are eligible, though priority will be given to first-year students. Each department nominates students for the travel grants. Students may only be awarded one of these grants but we encourage you to apply for all grants for which you are eligible. 

Award Details

Alice Kimball Travel Grant: 4 artists at $5,000/each

  • Summer Fellowship: Travel grant awarded to four first year students for travel over the summer between their first and second school years, to conduct research related to their practice.                    
    • Sculpture nominates 2 students
    • Painting/Printmaking nominates 2 students
    • Photography nominates 2 students
    • Graphic Design nominates up to 3 students

      
     

Dean's Travel Fellowship: 4 artists at $2,500/each

  • Summer Fellowship: Travel fund opportunity for students representing the values of excellence and exploration that the Dean's Travel Fellowship hopes to inspire. 
  • Note that the Dean's Travel grants are awarded in tandem with the Alice Kimball deliberations and are based on the nominations from each department. We strongly encourage you to apply with proposals that outline budgets for both the $5,000 (Alice Kimball) and $2,500 (Dean's Travel) levels.

Robert Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship: $5,000 for 1 P/P artist

  • Summer Fellowship: Travel grant given annually to a painting/printmaking student for travel between the first and second year of the program

Harvey Geiger Fellowship Fund: $2,500/each for 2 Photo artists

  • Summer Fellowship: travel and research grant given annually to two (2) photography MFA students for their summer projects between their first and second year of the program

(undergrads only) Harvey Geiger Fellowship Fund: $2,500 for 1 Yale College 2nd or 3rd year in photo

  • Summer Fellowship: travel and research grant given annually to a Yale College student working in photography at the conclusion of their sophomore or junior year

Applying

After submitting your application through Submittable, the faculty from each department will nominate candidates for these grants based on the applications. Grants will be awarded by the following committees for each grant:

  • Alice Kimball Travel Grant: Dean’s committee
  • Dean’s Travel Fellowship: Dean’s committee
  • Robert Schoelkpf Traveling Fellowship: P/P faculty committee
  • Harvey Geiger Fellowships: Photography faculty committee

Submission Requirements

Students must submit a self-directed travel grant proposal including a detailed itinerary (500 words), an overall thesis of exploration which explains how the travel will relate to their work (500 words), 5-10 sample images of your work, and a budget. To review past submissions, stop by the Office of the Dean at 1156 Chapel Street and view the white binder.

Budget Guidelines

Most expenses are covered, including per diem, meals, transportation, materials, subscriptions, services, accommodations, rent, tickets, research. Once you select the grant(s) you want to apply for, a budget field will appear.

Eligibility

First-year MFA students preferred (GD Prelim eligible)

Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 11:59 pm

FAQs

Are there interviews?
 The nominated candidates for Alice Kimball will host a studio visit with the Dean's committee on Friday, April 19, 2024. Please note that if nominated, you must sign-up for a studio visit slot. Slots open by April 10 and are available until filled. If you do not hear from us about an Alice Kimball studio visit by April 10, you can understand that to mean that you were not nominated. 

When will I know the decision of the committees? The grants will all be awarded no later than April 30. We know these decisions impact your summer so thank you for your patience during the month of April.

Can I pay myself in the budget proposal?
 We currently cannot accept budget proposals with artist fees but encourage you to use the acceptable expenses per Yale’s policy on how funds may be used. If you have any questions on types of expenses that are not already listed above, please contact Annie Lin.

Are there restrictions for international students?
 Please note that international students must follow the guidelines of their visas. Please reach out to Taryn Wolf for more information if you cannot determine your status from the OISS guidelines. 

Will I be taxed?
 You may be taxed depending on your status. Please reach out to Annie Lin if you have specific questions about your grant and status. (Employment for International Students with an International Organization → link || Employment for International Students: Curricular Practical Training → link)

Can I see past winning applications?
 Yes, feel free to stop by the Dean’s Office at 1156 Chapel Street to review the binder. Please do not remove the binder from the office - thanks!

What constitutes "travel"?
 Typically, “travel” here is considered for international or domestic travel (airfare or other transportation, lodging, living stipend) outside of the New England and New York region in an environment that is new or unfamiliar to you. Examples: 

  • Travel proposals to a location that has characteristics that you wish to explore and connect with your artistic approach will be considered.
  • Travel proposals to New York or Boston will not be considered. 
  • Travel proposals to your hometown will not be considered.

Harvey Geiger Travel Fellowship

(undergrads only) Harvey Geiger Fellowship Fund: $2,500 for one Yale College second- or third-year in photo

  • Summer Fellowship: travel and research grant given annually to a Yale College student working in photography at the conclusion of their sophomore or junior year

Applying

After submitting your application through Submittable, the DUS will nominate candidates for this grant based on the applications. The grant will be awarded by the Photography faculty committee

Submission Requirements

Students must submit a self-directed travel grant proposal including a detailed itinerary (500 words), an overall thesis of exploration which explains how the travel will relate to their work (500 words), 5-10 sample images of your work, and a budget. To review past submissions, stop by the Office of the Dean at 1156 Chapel Street and view the white binder.

Budget Guidelines

Most expenses are covered, including per diem, meals, transportation, materials, subscriptions, services, accommodations, rent, tickets, research. Once you select the grant(s) you want to apply for, a budget field will appear.

Eligibility

Yale College second-year (Class of 2026) or third-year (Class of 2025) students

Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 11:59 pm

FAQs

Can I pay myself in the budget proposal?
We currently cannot accept budget proposals with artist fees but encourage you to use the acceptable expenses per Yale’s policy on how funds may be used. If you have any questions on types of expenses that are not already listed above, please contact Annie Lin.

Are there restrictions for international students?
Please note that international students must follow the guidelines of their visas. Please reach out to the DUS for more information if you cannot determine your status from the OISS guidelines. 

Will I be taxed?
You may be taxed depending on your status. Please reach out to Annie Lin if you have specific questions about your grant and status. (Employment for International Students with an International Organization → link || Employment for International Students: Curricular Practical Training → link)

Can I see past winning applications?
Yes, feel free to stop by the Dean’s Office at 1156 Chapel Street to review the binder. Please do not remove the binder from the office - thanks!

What constitutes "travel"?
Typically, “travel” here is considered for international or domestic travel (airfare or other transportation, lodging, living stipend) outside of the New England and New York region in an environment that is new or unfamiliar to you. Examples: 

  • Travel proposals to a location that has characteristics that you wish to explore and connect with your artistic approach will be considered.
  • Travel proposals to New York or Boston will not be considered. 
  • Travel proposals to your hometown will not be considered.

The Dumfries House residency allows for up to 4 Yale students to spend 4 weeks each at Dumfries House, which is an estate in Scotland (the Royal Drawing School itself is based in London where the International Summer School is based). 

The estate facilitates a Royal Drawing School studio space which allows alumni from the Royal Drawing School to come and take part in a residency at the studios. Each summer we also open up the opportunity to US schools, one being Yale. The Dumfries House residency provides artists with a dedicated studio space, accommodation and free daily lunches, the residency is also self-directed giving the artists time to work and think in a wonderful surrounding. Alongside the artist are 3 other artists in residence, the artists are based in the same building and share accommodation, this allows them to network. 

Each year we open up the opportunity to up to 4 Yale students which are selected directly by Yale, the $2,000 stipend (for flights and food) is funded by Yale and the time at Dumfries House (accommodation, studio and daily lunches) is funded by the Royal Drawing School. To learn more about the residency, review their extensive residency materials on the Royal Drawing School website.

The dates of the residency are below, spanning 4 weeks in June and 4 weeks in July 2023. In this application, you will be asked to indicate your availability for both June and July and may be awarded depending on slots available. 

Artist 1: Friday 31 May – Thursday 27 June 2024 

Artist 2: Friday 31 May – Thursday 27 June 2024 

Artist 3: Friday 28 June – Thursday 25 July 2024 

Artist 4: Friday 28 June – Thursday 25 July 2024

Please note that the RDS is most appropriate for those interested in observational life drawing applicants with demonstrated interest in representational and/or figurative drawing / painting will be the strongest candidates. 

Award Details

Each recipient will receive a $2,000 grant to offset costs for travel and living.

Applying

Interested students should submit a one paragraph statement of intent and 5-10 images of recent work (including some hand drawn images)

Eligibility

Open to MFA students (GD Prelim eligible)

Summer Residency: In partnership with the Peabody Museum of Natural History, this 1-week residency in Branford, CT offers a natural research environment to examine the flora and fauna of Long Island Sound’s estuarial waters and learn about the rocky intertidal zone.

Award Details

The recipient will receive a $1,000 grant to offset costs for travel and living.

Applying

Interested students should submit a one paragraph statement of intent and 5-10 images of recent work

Eligibility

First and Second year MFA students priority, prelim GD eligible

We are reaching out to graphic design alumni to create an archive of student work from the period 1992 through 2022. The goal is to assemble comprehensive documentation to share with current and future students as well as scholars and designers interested in the department’s output and impact.

This is a pilot program to create a more significant archive of student work across the School of Art so we appreciate your willingness to participate. We hope to complete this archive by January 15, 2023; your prompt reply is appreciated.

Using this form, you may submit up to 20 reproductions of key works you produced during your school years. Works may take any form – print, font design, interfaces, animations, installations, exhibitions – but we will request that you please send digital reproductions only. Class work, independent work, collaborative work and Yale University commissions (font design, posters, websites, publications, film/video, installations,Yale commissions such as Prospecta and Paprika, etc.) are all welcome.

Please answer the questions about each work to the best of your ability, and then upload its file. If, for example, you have images from multiple angles of one 3D piece, or if you would like to upload multiple pages from a single publication, you may upload multiple files in this field. If additional elaboration is needed, please utilize the “additional notes” field. You may indicate regarding each work whether you consent for the School of Art to use it for educational purposes.

After you have completed this process, if you would like to submit an additional work, please ensure you select "yes" and the form will replicate accordingly. 

Collaborative pieces are welcomed - in the box for the work's description, you may indicate the name(s) of your collaborator(s) and any details you deem relevant.

PDF, JPG, .TIF, .MOV, GIF, and EPS files are all acceptable formats.  File naming should ascribe to the following format:

Last NameFirst Name_Date_ProjectName_Media

Example: SmithJohn_2014_Medea_FontDesign

Please direct any questions, clarifications, or requests to kathleen.quaintance@yale.edu. Thank you for your willingness to contribute to this initiative, and we will be in touch with any updates.

Thank you!

Best,

Pamela Hovland, Senior Critic in Graphic Design

Susan Sellers, Senior Critic in Graphic Design