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External Funding
Most scholarships are obtained from outside the university system. We encourage you to do a web search for outside funding at the same time as you are applying for Ph.D. programs. Some fellowships can only be used in the first year of graduate study, e.g. the Mellon; you would apply for these before you enter graduate school so that, if successful, you will have funding for your first year. Other possibilities include Ford, Mellon, Javits, or National Science Foundation scholarships. Our Division of Graduate Studies also awards a small number of one- or two-year fellowships to entering students. The Film & Digital Media Department itself has extremely limited funding for student support. However, some faculty are engaged in funded research projects that do, at times, have GSRs (graduate student research assistantships) associated with them. Application to these GSR positions should be initiated directly with the faculty member and may entail another application process.

Below we list a number of granting opportunities some of which support graduate education, others which support writing or production projects.

Grant & Financial Aid Information UCIRA List of California and National Funding Opportunities

Grant Writing Workshop Thanks to Lesly Cuevas for this video of Christina Waters giving the "Grant Writing For the Humanities and the Arts" workshop on October 9th, 2008; and, corresponding PowerPoint presentation slides.

Grants at UCSC
Arts Research Institute UCSC's own Arts Grants, as well as a listing of other Grant databases and "External Funding Agencies."

Florence French Scholarship The Florence French Financial Aid Fund for Art is bequest "to provide scholarships in art for worthy students in need of financial aid." Your eligibility hinges on filing the FAFSA online at The FAFSA is based on your previous year's income. If there is a change in your income for the current year that is not reflected in the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid office after filing the FAFSA form online to clarify your financial situation. The DANM department awards this scholarship to students in support of a specific project or to cover additional academic expenses. Notification is sent to student in early January and applications are due before March 1.

Porter College - Support For Graduate Students:

STARS Grants (2009) Graduate re-entry students are invited to apply for Re-entry Scholarships, awarded by local service organizations and individual donors through Services through Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS). The scholarships are intended to assist students with support for academic needs, during the coming summer or the next academic year. The application is available for download at Paper applications are also available for you to pick up at STARS at the ARCenter and STARS at Kresge College. The deadline for applying is Tuesday, March 31, 2009, and the application is likely to take some time to complete. We also have hard copy applications for a scholarship through Omega Nu. Applicants must be graduates of Aptos, Harbor, Santa Cruz, Soquel, San Lorenzo Valley, or Scotts Valley High Schools, or been a resident of Santa Cruz County for the immediate past five years. The deadline is Monday, March 30, 2009. Sally Lester, program coordinator for STARS, is available at 459-2552, sal (at) ucsc (dot) edu to assist you or answer your questions. Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students 216A Academic Resources Center 831.459.2552

University of California, Office of Research and Graduate Studies List of funding available through the University of California.

Multiple Listings

 Access Arts Searchable database of Grants, Art Jobs, Fellowships, Juried Exhibits, Call for Entries, Competitions, Commissions, etc. $24/yr web version, $34/yr email version, $94/yr paper version. Email and paper versions sent monthly.

Artist Resource Northern Califonria Calls for art, walls for art, jobs, classifieds

 American Association of University Women Database of fellowships, grants, and awards for women in higher education

Calls & Opps list for media art (iCal format)

College Art Association (CAA) Opportunities: Awards, Grants, Fellowships, Conferences, Calls for papers, exhibition opportunities, residences/workshops, internships Careers: Temporary and permanent jobs in the arts and art history

The Ford Foundation Includes both fellowships for individuals and a grants database.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grants and fellowships for those researching violence, aggression, and dominance in the family, the media, youth culture, and across ethnic and national borders

Michigan State University Libraries Grants for Individuals Links Compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to individuals seeking funding opportunities related to arts and cultural activities

New York Foundation for the Arts Searchable database by area of specialization, geographic area, award type, and services & publications; also national classified ads for jobs in the arts, services & opportunities for artists, and events

Open Society Institute & Soros Foundations Network Database of grants, fellowships, and scholarships

University of California Humanities Research Institute Grants and fellowships for interdisciplinary humanities, arts, and social sciences research. The UCHRI also supports the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Competition

Xensei Art Deadlines List Monthly newsletter (via email or paper) with several hundred announcements every month of arts contest, competitions, scholarships, grants, juried exhibitions, jobs, internships, etc. paid/premium version ($12/yr web version, $20/yr email version, $36/yr paper version) free email version

Academic Research & Fellowship Listings

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships Fellowships for those creating or using new digital tools in the humanities; the ACLS offers fellowships in a variety of other fields as well.

Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunities Database, the largest most comprehensive database of available science research funding with more than 22,000 records representing over $33 billion

Cornell Graduate School Fellowship Database Search for fellowships by field (includes Humanities & Arts), keyword, and deadline range.

Eyebeam Residency Residents receive a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to the Chelsea facility during their term.

Harvard Fellowships Detailed search interface for academic fellowships and grants

Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust Fellowships for those "whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor von Karman's high standards"

Kala Art Institute Offers cash award, studio access, and position as Artist-in-Residence.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans Fellowships for New Americans who have not yet begun or are just beginning their graduate studies

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database Fellowships and research listings searchable by discipline, academic level, award type, and minimum award amount. RSS feed available.

Grant/Awards Listings

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Offers grants and awards for a wide range of projects.

artadia This organization has unrestricted cash prizes for artists.

Arts and Healing Network Art Grants Listing Listing of 93 grants and fellowships for artists

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Search facility for all US government grants. Search under ‚"Cultural Affairs."

Creative Capital Foundation Requires the applicant to have at least five years of professional experience and be at least 25. Not for students.

The Daniel Langlois Foundation Grants for research that brings "art and science closer together within a technological context."

The Foundation Center Resources for investigating grants organizations; training and tools on applying for grants; email newsletter

Fundsnet Services ONLINE Extensive listing of private and corporate foundation grants in Arts & Culture

GRANTS.GOV Central clearing house for all US government grants. Includes an “Arts & Cultural Affairs” category browser (15 items 02/01/07).

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program Grants for those who "undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences"

MyArtSpace.Com Offers both contests and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities: Office of Digital Humanities NEH has a lot of Grants offered for a broad spectrum of humanities projects. These are the ones which mention digital humanities in particular.

Oppenheimer New Filmmaker Grant Program Grants access to equipment at no cost for approximately one to two weeks.

Pacific Rim Research Program Grants for those interested in understanding "Pacific Rim topics in a variety of disciplines

Southern Exposure Open only to those living and/or working in San Francisco or Alameda County. Projects must be realized and presented in the Bay Area.

University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States Grants for Mexican and Latino topics in the Arts and Humanities.

United States Artists Grants Program 150 $50,000 Fellowship Grants over 3 years beginning in 2006

Travel Funding

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst or German Academic Exchange Service) Provides information and financial support for students interested in international research and study.

The Fulbright Program Grants for international "educational exchange" on a broad range of topics

IHR Travel Grants Scroll down for travel grant information.



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