Scholarships & Grants

Academy Scholarships

In its distribution of scholarships, the Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical handicap.

New York Academy of Art scholarships are highly competitive. Factors such as but not limited to a student’s diversity of ideas and cultural content are considered when awarding. Please take the time to submit application materials that represent your accomplishments. To receive fullest consideration for scholarships, US citizens/permanent residents must complete your FAFSA by February 15th.

Notification and application deadlines vary for each award. Please read scholarship requirements and deadlines carefully. If you have additional questions, please email


Scholarships for First Year Students

President's Scholars

The President’s Scholars Program is the highest award for entering MFA candidates. President’s Scholars receive a $20,000 award for the first year of study in the form of tuition reduction.

Application & Deadlines

MFA Application must be submitted by January 15. All January 15 applicants will be considered for the scholarship program. Those who demonstrate a compelling case for financial aid and meet application standards will qualify for consideration for the scholarship.

Finalists will be contacted for an in-person or phone interview before January 15.

The Academy reserves the right to award 0-2 awards annually.

Applicants will be notified of awards in the letter of acceptance.

Academy Scholars

Students demonstrating merit may receive annual scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Completed admission applications are reviewed, graded and ranked by the Scholarship Committee. Award amounts are deducted from the student’s tuition bill. Awards are for one year. Approximately 70% of applicants are offered Academy Scholars awards.

Decisions to renew or upgrade existing awards or grant new awards to continuing students not formerly awarded are made by the Scholarship Committee during the spring semester. The Academy reserves the right to adjust scholarship in the event you are awarded any other substantial scholarship support.

Application & Deadlines

All MFA applicants for January 15 or March 15 deadlines are considered. All application materials must be complete and submitted online or postmarked by application deadline.

Applicants will be notified of awards in the letter of acceptance.

Drawing Scholar Award

Each year the Academy grants an outstanding draughtsman in the incoming MFA class the $10,000 Drawing Scholar Award on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated by the admissions portfolio and commitment to drawing. All applicants to the MFA program are automatically considered for scholarship.

Application & Deadlines

• MFA Application must be completed and postmarked by either the January 15 or March 15 deadlines.
• Applicants will be notified of awards in the letter of acceptance.

Sculpture Scholar Award

NEW! The Academy announces the $20,000 Sculpture Scholar Award for the MFA Class of 2020.

Each year the Academy grants an outstanding sculptor in the incoming MFA class the Sculpture Scholar Award on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated by the admissions portfolio and commitment to sculpture. All applicants to the MFA program are automatically considered for scholarship.

Application & Deadlines

• MFA Application must be completed and postmarked by either the January 15 or March 15 deadlines.
• Applicants will be notified of awards in the letter of acceptance.

The LCU Female Student Housing Assistance Scholarship

The New York Academy of Art and the Ladies Christian Union annually support housing scholarships of up to $5,000 for entering students demonstrating excellence and financial need. For more information please contact Admissions at

Application & Deadlines

• All Female MFA applicants for January 15 or March 15 deadlines are considered. All application materials must be complete and submitted online or postmarked by application deadline.
• Applicants will be notified by April 10.

Lyme Academy Scholarship

The New York Academy of Art is pleased to offer a Lyme Academy College of Arts scholarship. Scholarship applicants must hold a Lyme Academy Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or be in their final semester of study and demonstrate excellence in their New York Academy of Art application. Excellence is demonstrated by the quality of the materials submitted as part of the application for admission, including: an essay demonstrating that the individual is a qualified candidate for the Academy’s Master of Fine Arts Program; official college or university transcripts confirming award of a BFA degree from Lyme Academy; two letters of recommendation; and a portfolio of up to 20 works of art. The portfolio should represent both technical sophistication and the sense of an evolving personal vision.

Scholarships are not limited to one applicant from Lyme; additional scholarships of varying amounts may be awarded to other outstanding applicants. Applicants from Lyme are automatically considered for this scholarship with no separate application required.



Application & Deadlines

• All MFA applicants from Lyme Academy are considered.
• All Female MFA applicants for January 15 or March 15 deadlines are considered. All application materials must be complete and submitted online or postmarked by application deadline.
• The New York Academy of Art reserves the right not to award a scholarship if there are no competitive applicants from Lyme in a particular year.
• Scholarships may be renewed for the second/final year of the MFA based on first year academic performance.

Scholarships for Second Year Students

Portrait Scholars

Portrait Scholars awards are sponsored by Friends of the Academy and will receive $10,000 from a sponsor. Selected continuing students will create one piece of artwork in collaboration with the sponsor.

Application & Deadlines

• All enrolled MFA candidates are considered.
• Recipients will be notified on May 15.

Exhibitions Scholar

Second year MFA students are eligible to apply for the $10,000 Exhibitions Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence demonstrated in the first year at the Academy, financial need, and interest in Academy exhibitions and events. This position will call for art handling experience.

Application & Deadlines

• Describe your background as a registrar, preparator and/or any professional experience working in a gallery. Please include experience handling art for exhibition and/or organizing and packing art for transport.
• Describe your proficiency with computers, specifically Excel.
• Highlight any experience with student leadership.
• Recipient will be notified of award by May 15.

Academy Service Scholarship

Students entering their second year of study are eligible to apply for this award of $5,000. This scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated by first-year performance at the Academy, financial need and vested interest in the public programs of the Academy. The Academy reserves the right to award 0-3 awards annually.

Application & Deadlines

The following application materials must be completed by April 15.

• Resumé
• Statement answering the following questions (please limit your response to no more than one paragraph per question)
– Describe your contributions to the Academy.
– How would you assist the Office of Admissions with recruitment?
– Highlight any past experience with student leadership.
• Recipients will be notified of awards by May 15.

Financial Aid is determined by your FAFSA Please use school code 026001. International students must complete the International Student Need Assassment form. Copies are available in the Office of Student Affairs.

Photo Scholar

The Photo Scholar will work with the Communications Department to document:

  • academic programming such as lectures, master classes, and Visiting Critics
  • opening receptions for Fellows Exhibition, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Winter Exhibition and Summer Exhibition
  • other events as needed including Open Houses, Young Collector tours, drawing parties, artist panels
  • behind-the-scenes installations of exhibitions
  • other projects as needed

Photographs will be used in marketing, on the website and in social media.
Requirements: The Photo Scholar must be an experienced photographer, especially shooting parties, people, and galleries. Knowledge of Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, preferred.

External Grants & Scholarships

Aid Programs Of Other States

Other states sponsor their own grant and scholarship programs, with varying requirements and maximum awards. In order to be eligible, students must maintain a legal permanent address in their home state. For more information, students should contact the department of higher education in their home state.

ARC (Art Renewal Center) Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to help students around the world learn proper training methods and techniques at an ARC Approved™ School. Art Renewal Center has awarded over $200,000 to date and usually awards $30,000 a year to aspiring young artists who wish to paint and/or sculpt in the realist tradition. Entries are accepted every May.



Art Scholarship For Mature Women

Women artists or photographers who are at least 35 years of age are invited to submit three color prints of any medium (oil, watercolor, original works on paper, or sculpture) or three color or black-and-white prints of photographic works. Neither applicants nor members of their immediate family may be members of the National League of American Pen Women. The award is $1000. Funds may be used for education.

National League of American Pen Women, Inc. 1300 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 (202)785-1997 Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by October 15


The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement. The Artists’ Fellowship’s Board of Trustees and Officers all serve as volunteers in service to our community of artists. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a Member of the Fellowship to receive assistance; neither does membership in the Artists?Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation. The Artists’ Fellowship cannot aid every artist who applies, nor does it award scholarship funds or “fellowships” for study, schooling, or travel.
Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10003
Telephone: (646) 230-9833

College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship For Artists

CAA initiated the Professional Development Fellowship Program in 1993 to help M.F.A., terminal M.A., and Ph.D. students bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers. By offering support at this critical juncture in scholars’ and artists’ careers, the CAA hopes to make timely degree completion more viable and employment opportunities more accessible. In turn, by nurturing outstanding scholars and artists at the beginning of their careers, the CAA hopes to strengthen and diversify the profession as a whole. Each fellow receives support over a period of two years. Year One: Degree Completion CAA grants $5,000 to each fellow for use during the final year of his/her MFA or Ph.D. program. CAA does not restrict the use of these funds, nor will CAA prohibit recipients from holding other scholarships, fellowships, or employment during the term of this grant. Year Two: Professional Placement CAA helps each fellow search for employment at a museum, art center, college, or university. Upon securing a position, CAA provides a $10,000 subsidy to the employer as part of the fellow’s salary. Participating organizations must match this grant 2:1. In addition to administrative and/or teaching duties, all fellows’ positions must include a curatorial or public service component. Salary or stipend, position description, and term of employment will vary and will be determined in consultation with individual fellows and their potential employers.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by October 1

The Dedalus Foundation: Master Of Fine Arts Fellowship

The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 and the use of free studio space for the fellowship year.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by January 15

The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship

Inaugurated in 1999 with the generous support of Lilly Endowment, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship is a Biennial program developed by the museum in consultation with its board and Native American Council. The Fellowship culminates in an exhibition that honors an invited artist and five contemporary fine artists whose achievements warrant meritorious recognition. Each of the five fellows, who are selected by an independent jury, receives an unrestricted 25,000 honorarium to facilitate their continued growth as creative artist. In addition, the Eiteljorg purchases significant work by each artist for its outstanding permanent collection of contemporary Native American art. The Eiteljorg also publishes a catalog written by Native American and non-Native art historians, critics and scholars with each exhibition. With the opening of the seventh cycle of the biennial Fellowship on Nov. 12, the Eiteljorg Museum has given more than $1 million to the Native contemporary artists through the Contemporary Art Fellowship.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by January 15

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Applicants must be in the early or developmental stage of their career, work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submitting their application.

Only those working in a representational style of painting drawing, sculpture or printmaking will be considered. The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic designers and illustrators, photographers, cartoonists, animation artists, video artists, filmmakers and digital artists, craft makers or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for filing an application.

For more information on how to apply please visit the foundation’s website:

Emergency Grant For Artists Of Color, Wheeler Foundation

Grants of at least $250 to aid visual artists of color with urgent financial needs such as housing, medical costs, fire, and flood damage. Applicants must live in the greater NYC area (including certain counties in CT & NJ), and must be actively working artists of at least 21 years of age. For more information on eligibility requirements, deadlines and to receive an application, write to the Foundation.


Emergency Grant for Artists of Color, Herbert and Irene Wheeler Foundation, PO Box 300507, Brooklyn, NY 11230.


Emergency Grant for Artists of Color, Herbert and Irene Wheeler Foundation
PO Box 300507
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 951-0581


The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grant-makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include artists, art students, grant-seekers, grant-makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant-makers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.

The Center offers free and paid subscription rates that enable you to customize and enhance your scholarship searches. Some of the award opportunities have deadlines range from once a year to various times throughout the year, so you are strongly encouraged to research this resource for potential external grants and scholarships.

For more information, please visit:

International Students, please visit:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values. Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service. More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States. The applicant must be living in the country of nomination at the time application processes have begun, and must have a TOEFL score of 550 or IBT score of 79-80.

Green County Watercolor Society

In 2008 the GCWS expanded its commitment to education and encouraging the development of emerging artists by offering a scholarship award. The scholarship is for college students at the senior or junior level, who are pursuing a Fine Art degree and have a focus in water media. Selection of the recipient is based on the merit of their art work and academic excellence. The inaugural awarding of the scholarship was in May of 2009. This year the GCWS scholarship consisted of a monetary award of $500, presentation of the artist and samples of their work on the GCWS web site, an opportunity to speak at a GCWS meeting, and an opportunity to display a painting in conjunction with the annual GCWS juried exhibition.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award enables undergraduate students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually. In 2012, the Foundation will select 10 recipients for this award. Deadline information can be found on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Website

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

Program Office: Teacher and Student Development Programs CFDA Number: 84.170 Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive grants (fellowships) The program provides financial assistance to students who have demonstrated: superior academic ability and achievement; exceptional promise; financial need to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a masters degree in which the master’s degree is the terminal highest degree in the selected field of study. The Department of Education awards fellowships in selected fields of study of the arts, humanities and social sciences. A Panel of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Students must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The selected fields of study supported by the Javits Fellowship Program are available for your review. Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow’s financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System. In fiscal year 2011, the institutional payment was $11,511 and the maximum stipend was $30,000.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by May 30

The John F. And Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund For Art Education

The scholarship, known as “The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund,” is open to United States citizens only, both men and women, single or married, irrespective of race, creed or color. The age range is 18 and 35 years. Appointments will normally be for one year, and the amount available for distribution will be approximately $5,000. At the discretion of the committee, this may be awarded in quarterly installments to one or more applicants.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by February 1

Leslie T. Posey And Frances U. Posey Foundation Scholarships

Program Description: Mr. Posey was an accomplished sculptor with a representational style. Mrs. Posey was also an artist. Mr. Posey established this foundation to provide graduate assistance for art students with a major in either painting or sculpture of the traditional kind. Scholarships range from $1000 to $4000.

Eligibility Requirements: The grant recipient must be a full-time student and maintain satisfactory progress toward his or her academic goals. The eligible student must have completed an undergraduate four year program. Before distribution of funds, evidence of acceptance into a graduate level program must be presented to the foundation.

Application & Deadlines

Please visit
for application deadlines and to download the application form. Address: 1800 Second Street, Suite 905, Sarasota, FL 34236 tel. 941.957.0442

National Sculpture Society

Scholarships of $1,000 are available for students of figurative or representational sculpture. Scholarships are paid directly to the academic institution through which the student applies. The submission deadline is May 31 every year. For more information:

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by May 30

New York Foundation For The Arts

Total of 94 Fellowships of $7,000 each in the following disciplines: Fiction; Film/Video; Folk/Traditional Arts; Interdisciplinary Work, and Painting.’%20Fellowships
Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by February 10-11

J. Paul Getty Trust

The Getty Foundation supports institutions and individuals committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world through grant initiatives that increase access to museum collections, strengthen art history as a global discipline, advance conservation practice, and support current and future leaders in the visual arts. The Getty Foundation carries out their work in collaboration with the other Getty programs—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Since 1984, they have awarded more than 6,500 grants benefiting over 185 countries on all seven continents.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by November deadline, which will be made available as the application process begins.

Paul And Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

This foundation provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. A “New American” is an individual who is a resident alien; has been naturalized as a US citizen; or is the child of two parents who are naturalized citizens. The program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as the US, but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the US as their principle residence and focus of national identity. The fellowship supports 30 individuals per year for up to TWO YEARS OF GRADUATE STUDY. Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year. The fellowship provides a $25,000 maintenance grant and half tuition wherever the Fellow attends.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by November 8

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.


P.s.1 National And International Studio Program

This Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City awards studio work-space annually to approximately nineteen artists working in a variety of media. For working artists, application deadline is April 15. For complete application details

The Puffin Foundation

Grant awards from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. can only be awarded to permanent residents and citizens of the United States. U.S. citizens whose projects encompass work in other countries are still eligible to apply. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. Average grants are: $1,000.00 – $2,500.00 The Foundation will be accepting requests for applications from September 1st until December 15th. To receive the application packet, please send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) to: Puffin Foundation Ltd. 20 East Oakdene Avenue Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by December 27

Pulaski Scholarships For Advanced Studies

The Pulaski Scholarships for Advanced Studies Program, which was initially endowed by the Conrad R. Walas family, is administered solely by the American Council for Polish Culture. Amount of award: $5,000 (Subject to change)

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by March 15

World Studio AIGA scholarships

Each year, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships receives hundreds of applications from young people in this very predicament – desperate to influence the world with their amazing talents but without the financial means to do so. Fortunately, with the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.

Deadlines: All required materials must be submitted or postmarked by March 28

Other Ways to Fund Your Studies

Online Fundraising Sites





Kickstarter – see successful project by one of our alumni


Exhibition Related Strategies

Look for juried shows with cash prizes, have an exhibition or auction off your work.

Venues to possibly sell art work on-line:

Federal Loans

Federal Stafford Loans

There is no deadline by which students must submit applications for federally guaranteed student loans, though Federal Stafford loan applicants should expect processing of their loan applications to take from four to eight weeks and should therefore submit required forms as soon as possible. Eligible students may receive both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans, but the combined loan total may not exceed either the cost of education (tuition, fees and living expenses) or the maximum Federal Stafford loan limit of $20,500 per academic year. Applicants for federally guaranteed loans must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information on Federal Student Aid and to apply, please visit The Academy’s Federal School Code is 026001.

Federal Graduate Plus Loans & Private Loans

Students may borrow additional loans in order to cover their cost of attendance at the Academy. Loans may be taken through the Federal Graduate Plus program or through private educational loans. For information about lenders and for individual borrower limits, matriculated and accepted students should contact the Academy’s financial aid office or email