The art history department offers the following awards 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
In memory of Louise Fitz-Randolph, Mount Holyoke class of 1872 and a distinguished professor of art history at the turn of the 20th century. Awards are made to graduates of Mount Holyoke who are studying art history, archaeology 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 in Atlanta, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Fellowship overview and application.
The Department of Art History and the Architectural Studies program provide competitive awards for qualifying majors who wish to undertake study projects that take them off-campus. Typically, that might be an art history or architectural study project, an archaeological project, research for a senior thesis, or a second internship (in the year after receiving a Lynk internship). It ought to be something beyond the standard art history curriculum. Projects must contribute to a student’s academic major in a substantive way. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Awards normally range between $500 and $1,000.
The Richard Hsiao Asian Art Award
Awarded in memory of Richard Hsiao, lecturer in Asian art at Mount Holyoke from 1971 to 1977, this provides a qualifying student with $2,000 to study any aspect of Asian art or architecture. The award is available to qualifying majors. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Projects must be conducted in Asia. 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. Study Award Application.
The Helen Vannett Award
Awarded in memory of Helen Vannett, a member of the department’s staff, this helps defray expenses for art studio or art history majors who are undertaking special projects related to courses.
The Linda Kelso Wright Award
In memory of Linda Kelso Wright, Mount Holyoke class of 1960, this award is available to qualifying junior and senior art history 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, archaeological 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. International students returning to their home country may not qualify. Awards will range between $500 and $1,000.
Additional information about these fellowships can be found in the College's fellowships office.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program provides highly competitive, full-cost scholarships to applicants from countries outside the U.K. 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 12 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 scholarship is for 10 months and must take place during the German academic year (October 1 – July 31) immediately following graduation (for candidates applying as college seniors).
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for one or two one-year degrees or a single two-year degree in the U.K. Up to 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year.
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.
The U.S. Rhodes Scholarship fully funds (fees, stipend and travel) two to three years of graduate study in any field at the University of Oxford in the U.K. Students may pursue a master’s degree, a doctorate, a second B.A., or a combination of degrees, e.g., two one-year master’s. Applicants are strongly encouraged to plan for at least two years of study.