Graduate School Financial Support

Graduate School Fellowships, Awards, and Non-Resident Tuition Remissions 

Fellowships 

The UWM Graduate School offers a number of competitive fellowships, including the Distinguished Graduate School Fellowship (DGSF) and Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowships, which are open to graduate students in Art History. Nominations for these fellowships are made by the faculty. Incoming students are invited to request that the faculty consider their nomination as part of the application process. The faculty’s nomination decisions are made in January. Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Richard Leson, Director of Graduate Studies, Richard Leson (leson@uwm.edu).  

Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship 

Eighteen academic-year Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships (DGSFs) are awarded annually to exceptional UWM graduate students. Awards are for full-time study only. In addition, fellows benefit from full coverage of resident instructional fees at the basic graduate level, a remission of the out-of-state portion of the tuition (if applicable), low-cost comprehensive health insurance and other benefits. 

Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship 

The Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) is funded by the State of Wisconsin. AOP Fellowships are designed to assist members of groups under-represented in graduate study, and other disadvantaged students, to enter and complete a graduate degree at UWM. Awards are granted to newly admitted or currently enrolled UWM graduate students. 

AOP Fellowships are awarded annually to qualified graduate students. Awards are for full-time study only. In addition, Fellowship recipients benefit from full coverage of resident tuition, a remission of the out-of-state portion of the tuition (if applicable), low-cost comprehensive health insurance and other benefits. Awardees retain full responsibility for mandatory fees and additional instructional/course fees (including distance education) above basic graduate tuition levels. 

Awards  

Chancellor’s Awards 

The Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (CGSA) program is designed to give UWM a competitive edge in attracting and retaining high quality, talented graduate students. Specifically, the goals of the program are to attract talented, high quality graduate students, grow our graduate programs, increase the research productivity of our faculty, and improve the research productivity and success of our graduate students. 

The Chancellor’s Award is offered annually to the most promising incoming and current students. All accepted or enrolled graduate students are automatically considered for the Award so there is no need to apply. 

Travel Awards 

The Graduate School Travel Support program offers partial funding to UWM master’s and doctoral students for presenting scholarly and creative works at conferences, performances, or exhibitions. Such activities are an important part of the professional development of graduate students, offering opportunities to establish professional networks, contacts for collaborative research, and sources of potential future employment. Funded amounts vary depending on distance, receipt of prior support through this program, and other current support. Funding is provided as reimbursement of expenses after the travel has been completed. 

Non-resident Tuition Remissions (NRTR) 

The College of Letters and Sciences offers some non-resident tuition remissions (NRTR) to both MS and PhD students residing outside Wisconsin. These remissions are limited to two years of support. Contact Richard Leson, Director of Graduate Studies (leson@uwm.edu) for more information.