Award & Grant Opportunities

Jackson Wrede, BFA student and Richard Gray, chair

Graduate and undergraduate students may apply for numerous funding opportunities to support their coursework, special projects, and career advancement. Below is a partial list of funding sources and support services on campus to help fund research projects, summer internships, and professional development.

Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts

ISLA offers an abundance of information including internal and external funding, grants, and scholarships. Especially helpful to undergraduate students is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Graduate students may also apply for annual funding.

Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement 

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) promotes the intellectual development of our undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors, and the pursuit of fellowships.

Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program Grants

The College and the Career Center developed the Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program (ALSIP) support students as they pursue opportunities across the country and around the world. Open to rising sophomores and juniors in the College, ALSIP provides stipends to defray travel and living expenses that might otherwise make an internship cost prohibitive.

Gero Family Summer Travel Award

The Department of Art, Art History and Design invite applications for the Gero Family Travel Grant. This grant supports travel and related expenses for a research paper, senior thesis, or capstone studio project in pursuit of a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in studio art or art history. All proposals for travel must be approved and sponsored by a faculty advisor. Travel may occur during the academic year or during the summer and may be in conjunction with a study abroad experience, or an independently planned research trip. A limited number of awards range from $3000-6000 dollars.

1st Gallery Annual Art & Design Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to help a student become successful in a career focused on one aspect of art or design. Applicants will be able to submit their entry along with a design, drawing, film, artwork, short story, poem or literally any type of art they are most proud of. The winner will be selected by the end of June and the winner will receive $1000 towards higher education. 

Undergraduate Student Awards and Prizes

  • Emil Jacques Medals for Work in the Fine Art
    This is the oldest and most prestigious award given by our department.  It is given in memory of one of our earliest faculty members. The criteria for this award include artistic excellence and making a positive contribution to the spirit of community within the department.

  • Radwan and Allan Riley Prize in Studio Art
    This award is made possible through the generosity of the Riley family through an endowment.  The award is given annually to a senior for excellence in his/her prospective field.

  • Radwan and Allan Riley Prize in Design
    This award is made possible through the generosity of the Riley family through an endowment.  The award is given annually to a senior design major for excellence in his/her prospective field.

  • Radwan and Allan Riley Prize in Art History and Criticism
    This award is made possible through the generosity of the Riley family through an endowment.

  • Eugene M. Riley Prize in Photography
    This prize is granted through an endowment funded by the Riley family as a memorial to Gene Riley.  The generosity of Gene and his brothers Allan and William made possible the Edna and Leo Riley Hall of Art and Design.

  • Judith A. Wrappe Memorial Award
    This award is funded through the University by the Wrappe family in memory of their daughter Judith Wrappe, a 1988 Notre Dame graduate.

  • Mabel L. Mountain Memorial Art Award
    This honor is awarded by a faculty committee for the best of show at the Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition.  The award was established by Richard and David Mountain in honor of their mother.

  • Father Lauck Award
    This honor is awarded by a faculty committee for the best of show at the Bachelor of Arts exhibition.  The award is named in honor of a Holy Cross priest who was a professor or art, chair of the art department, and long-time director of the university museum.  Fr. Lauck died at the age of 92, leaving a long legacy of achievements at the university and in the art world.

  • Bill and Connie Greif Art Award
    BFA students who pass the November presentation receive the Greif Award. This award is given to underwrite the material costs for BFA thesis projects (related to the cost of materials and/or supplies needed to execute projects and methods of display). An award letter is sent out upon successful completion of the presentation detailing the specifics.

Graduate Student Awards and Prizes

  • Radwan and Allan Riley Prize in Studio Art
    This award is made possible through the generosity of the Riley family through an endowment.  The award is given annually to an MFA third-year student for excellence in his/her prospective field.

  • The Walter Beardsley Award
    Walter Beardsley was head of Miles Laboratories, Elkhart, manufacturer of such well-known products as Alka-Seltzer, Flintstone Vitamins, and Bactine. Beardsley gave the Snite Museum Modern artworks such as the Georgia O’Keeffe painting that is on view within the Walter R. Beardsley Gallery. He also provided the Snite Museum with an endowment, which, among other activities, funds the Beardsley Award.