Award Opportunities

The Art History Department has awards available for both undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to the awards, scholarships and grants offered by the college.

For Graduate Study

The Louise Fitz-Randolph Fellowship

Deadline: March 21

In memory of Louise Fitz-Randolph, Mount Holyoke Class of 1872, and distinguished professor of Art History at the turn of the twentieth century. Awards are made to graduates of Mount Holyoke who are studying Art History, Archeology or History of Architecture at the graduate level. Fitz-Randolph application.

For Undergraduates in Art History

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program

This program provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. It takes place at five partnering institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

The Linda Kelso Wright Award

In memory of Linda Kelso Wright, Mount Holyoke Class of 1960.

The Linda Kelso Wright Award is available to qualifying junior and senior majors who wish to undertake Art History study projects that take them off-campus. The award may be used for an art history program, internship, archeological project, senior thesis, or research project coordinated with faculty. Projects must contribute to a student’s academic program at Mount Holyoke. Students must have taken appropriate courses in Art History to qualify for an award. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. International students returning to their home country may not qualify. Awards will range between $500 and $1000.

The Richard Hsiao Asian Art Award

In memory of Richard Hsiao, lecturer in Asian Art at Mount Holyoke from 1971 to 1977.

The Richard Hsiao Award provides a qualifying student with $2000 to travel to Asia to study any aspect of Asian art. The award is available to both studio art and art history majors. Projects for study may range from visits to art museums and enrollment in an art program, to an independent project relating to studio art or art history. Applicants must show a strong interest in Asian art, and an ability to conduct the desired study in Asia. Students must have taken appropriate courses in Art History, Studio Art, and/or Asian Studies in order to qualify for an award. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. In some cases, knowledge of local language may be required. Students must indicate how their study in Asia will contribute to their academic program at Mount Holyoke. International students returning to their home region for study may not be funded.

The Helen Vannett Award

Awarded in memory of Helen Vannett, a member of the Department’s staff.

The Vannett Award helps defray expenses for art studio or art history majors who are undertaking special projects related to courses.

The Margaret V. C. Gould Scholarship

The Gould Scholarship helps defray expenses for art studio or art history majors who are undertaking independent study projects.

National Fellowships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time post-graduate degree on any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Start the process by attending an information session the spring before the year you plan to apply. 

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

DAAD Study Scholarships

The DAAD Study Scholarships are available to highly qualified graduating seniors and recent graduates from all disciplines (except medicine) to do independent research or to complete a full Master’s degree at a German university in Germany. The Study Scholarship is for 10 months and must take place during the German academic year (from October 1 – July 31) immediately following graduation (for candidates applying as college seniors).

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for one or two one-year degrees or one two-year degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year.

Fulbright Grants

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers funded opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Rhodes Scholarships

The U.S. Rhodes Scholarship fully funds (fees, stipend, and travel) 2-3 years of graduate study in any field at Oxford University in the UK. Students may pursue a master’s degree, a doctorate, a second B.A., or a combination of degrees (such as two one-year master’s). Applicants are strongly encouraged to plan for at least two years of study.