Graduate Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

The University of the Arts recognizes and rewards students of exceptional talent through many merit-based scholarship awards. Most awards do not require a separate application, with the exception of the Presidential Fellows Program.

  • Merit-Based
  • Presidential Fellows
  • Museum Studies
  • Other Scholarships

University offered, Graduate Merit-based Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated talent. The Trustee's, Dean's and Director's Scholarships are highly selective awards and range in amount, up to approximately 50% of tuition. No additional application is necessary. Awards are available for all degree programs except: MM Music Education; MEd Educational Technology, and MEd Educational Programming.  


The UArts Presidential Fellows Program supports graduate level scholarship across the university, and is awarded to incoming students of high academic and creative ability who also demonstrate innovative, entrepreneurial ambition relevant to their chosen area of study. The Presidential Fellows Program provides full tuition for recipients.

Who Can Apply: Prospective students who have submitted a complete application for admission to the below listed degree programs with the intent to enroll full-time are eligible to apply. Certificate applicants are not eligible.

  • Museum Studies:
    MFA Museum Exhibition Planning + Design, MA Museum Education, and MA Museum Studies
  • Visual Arts:
    MFA Book Arts + Printmaking and MFA Low-Res Studio Art
  • Industrial Design:
    MDes Product Design
  • Jazz Studies:
    MM Jazz Studies
  • Music Education:
    MAT Music Education
  • Art Education:
    MAT Visual Arts Education
  • Theater:
    MFA Devised Performance

How to Apply: A separate application is required, and is made available to prospective students AFTER they have successfully submitted an application for admission. Start your application for admission today at

Deadline to Apply: Monday, February 19, 2018

The Museum Studies Von Hess Internship Fellowship

With the generous support of the Richard C. Von Hess Foundation, UArts is pleased to offer three, fully funded internship opportunities to UArts Museum Studies students in partnership with three acclaimed institutions: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA; the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Walters Art Museum, both in Baltimore, MD.


Successful students professionally benefit from a ten-week internship experience tailored to their area of study, as well a living stipend of $7-$8K, dependent on the internship placement.

How to Apply

Graduate students must be enrolled and be in good standing (3.1 or above) in one of the three Museum Studies degree programs. Students apply at the start of their second semester (February) and complete the Von Hess application by the due date (resume, essay of professional purpose and goals, 2 letters of recommendation from MS faculty, and an official UArts transcript). Grad students are put forward by the department to the host museums that make the final decisions.

We encourage students to explore all options for additional outside scholarship opportunities. Scholarships from local businesses, boosters, foundations, churches, unions, etc., can be used as payment toward your educational costs. These scholarships are applied on top of any existing financial aid to meet your costs. Some scholarship search engines are FastWeb and GoodCall. Student Financial Services advises student to never pay to apply for a scholarship.

UArts has partnered with Scholly, the scholarship app, to help students find additional funding. Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly’s adaptive matching engine promises to deliver smarter, targeted lists of scholarships. UArts students can access Scholly by clicking here: Scholly. Use your UArts ID—provided to accepted students upon depositing—to sign up and log in.

If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify Student Financial Services by sending a copy of the scholarship letter as required by the Department of Education. This may allow a pending credit to be issued on your bill. Scholarships are not allowed to exceed the maximum budgeted costs allowed for student’s educational expenses.