University of New Mexico
Department of Art and History

Funding for Graduate Students

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are the primary source of financial support offered to graduate students. Many graduate students hope to teach at the University level after graduation; these assistantships will help provide substantial teaching experience to help prepare you for these positions.

A Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Assistantship provides a six-credit tuition waiver and a stipend and each is awarded for one semester. The Department limits graduate students to five assistantships during their degree program. You must apply before the deadline (September 15 for spring and February 15 for fall- check with graduate office in case these dates change) with an application available from the graduate office. You must be enrolled in six credit hours to qualify. For more information on Assistantships, see the graduate manual. Check the Office of Graduate Studies site for information on scholarships and Research and Travel Grants.

Howard L. Franks Memorial Studio Art Fellowship

In 2012, the College of Fine Arts Development Office and the Department of Art & Art History collaborated with Zia Trust to set up the Howard L. Franks Memorial Studio Art Fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded annually to seven Art Studio MFA students each year. Applications are available from the graduate office or online at: