Grants & Awards

Stanford offers several channels through which student artists can find funding for curricular and extracurricular projects.

Every year, Stanford Arts helps fund hundreds of projects by Stanford artists across artistic disciplines.

Stanford Arts offers grants to Stanford students, faculty, and academic staff members in order to weave arts experiences into the fabric of campus life. The grants foster the communion of members of diverse communities and disciplines around art, support the vibrant student arts community, drive the innovation of new art forms and ways of engaging with art, scholarship, and bring arts professionals onto campus to inspire and collaborate with students and practitioners.

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Project Grants | Course Fee Support | Arts-Based Research & Travel | Service OpportunitiesAwards | Post-Stanford Fellowships

Arts Project Grants for Students and Alumni

Quarterly Student Arts Grants support extracurricular on-campus student performances and events across the arts (performing arts, spoken word, film, digital/electronic media, and visual arts). Grants are open to undergraduate and co-term students.

Offered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Contact: Sabrina Wilensky

To support the burgeoning arts careers of recent Stanford graduates, this annual award provides funding toward a public production, exhibition, publication, or other original work in any arts discipline to occur during the upcoming year.

Offered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Contact: Sabrina Wilensky

Think boldly about the future of arts engagement through interdisciplinary challenges.

Organized by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Contact: Sabrina Wilensky

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) offers small project grants to VSOs and individuals who are organizing events or doing artistic projects that relate to IDA's mission.

Offered by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts

Contact: Institute for Diversity in the Arts

Art Practice Material Grants

Awarded on a competitive basis, these grants are intended to pay the direct costs of materials for students who undertake independent creative projects on an advanced level.  Material grants cannot be used towards supplies for classes.

Offered by the Department of Art & Art History

Contact: Department of Art & Art History

SOCA Visual Arts Grants

The Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA) offers Visual Art Grants to current Stanford students.

Offered by the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts

Contact: SOCA

Course Fee Support

Music Lessons (Department of Music)

The Department of Music offers the Friends of Music Scholarship to help defray the cost of private lessons. Learn more about the Department's Applied Music Fees and Policies.

Art Practice Course Materials (Department of Art & Art History)

Students in financial need may apply for funding to cover the cost of required art practice course materials. Each case is considered on its own merit and the applicant's financial status is evaluated. This support cannot be used towards course fees.

Arts Intensive (VPUE)

Scholarships and financial aid are available to help defray the program fee.

Arts Immersion (Stanford Arts Institute)

Scholarships and financial aid are available to help defray the program fee.

BOSP Overseas Seminars (BOSP)

Some financial assistance from BOSP is available for participants with demonstrated need.

Financial Aid

If you encounter unplanned course fees, contact Financial Aid to learn more about requesting additional aid for the current academic year.

Arts-Based Research and Travel Grants

Community Arts Fellowships

Community Arts Fellows have the opportunity to spend a summer working full time in the areas of curating, presenting, outreach and/or arts education with a focus on social justice or racial justice issues. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad.

Contact the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) for more information.

UAR Student Grants

Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) offers a variety of grants for research, arts, and senior synthesis projects in any field, including: Chappell Lougee Scholarship, Major Grants, Small Grants, and Conference Grants. Deadlines vary by grant program.

Contact a UAR Academic Advisor for more information.

Cantor Scholars

Cantor Scholars provides Stanford undergraduates with a meaningful, in-depth experience working directly with art at the museum through original research and scholarship or creative work.

Offered by the Cantor Art Museum.

Contact Kim Mansfield for more information.

Braden Grant for the Study of Oral Narrative

This grant supports the research and creation of an audio documentary based on oral history archives or interviews conducted by the student. Awarded spring quarter.

Offered by the Stanford Storytelling Project.

Contact storytelling@stanford.edu for more information.

Beagle II Award

The Beagle II Award encourages learning through travel, much in the manner of Darwin and other explorers. Projects can involve creative elements (such as documentary film, creative writing, photography, etc.)

Offered by the Department of Anthropology.

Contact the Department for more information.

Stanford Global Studies

Many of SGS's programs and centers offer fellowships, internships, scholarships and other funding to students at Stanford.

Contact the SGS Division for more information.

Service Opportunities

The following opportunities offered by the Haas Center for Public Service are a great way to simultaneously engage in a service experience and work with arts organizations! Contact Miranda Shepherd, Arts in Student Life Coordinator for Stanford Arts, for more information.

Halper Summer Fellowship

Through the Halper Summer Fellowship, students engage in international service that connects with academic learning and helps them explore career interests. Applicants must propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan.

Community Service Work-Study

The Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) Program provides academic year and summer employment opportunities for currently enrolled students who receive financial aid at Stanford. Eligible students have the freedom to design a service experience in collaboration with a partnering organization. CSWS is a federally-supported program, co-administered for Stanford by the Haas Center and the Financial Aid Office.

Jane Stanford Fellowships

Through the Jane Stanford Fellowship, continuing undergraduate students design and implement a service experience during the fall, winter or spring quarter. Students are encouraged to think about how their academic background and prior experiences might be useful to organizations and communities trying to develop better ways of addressing challenges they face. Applicants propose their own placements with organizations.

Awards

University Awards for Creative Arts

Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts

The Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts is awarded to the top 10 percent of all honors theses in the humanities, as well as to designated senior projects or performance in the arts.

Offered by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Nominations made by departments or honors programs.

The Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement

The Deans' Award for Academic Achievement, is given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students. These students deserve campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated, including superior performance in the creative arts. Students selected for the awards have more than a high grade point average or success in coursework.

Offered by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Faculty nominate students for the Deans' Award.

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts was established in 1983 by Louis Sudler, an enthusiastic patron of and participant in the arts in his hometown of Chicago until his death in 1992. Prizes are awarded annually to outstanding students in each of the following areas: music, art, theater and performance studies, creative writing, and dance.

Offered by the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Nominations made by department chairs.

Humanities & Sciences Undergraduate Prize in Music

Up to three H&S Dean's Prizes in Music are awarded every year to outstanding students in either Music Composition or Music Performance.

Offered by the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Nominations made by department chairs.

Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Awards

The Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Awards recognize distinctive and exceptional contributions to undergraduate education or the quality of student life at Stanford. The contribution may be made for such activities as curriculum design, program development, advising excellence, residential education, committee leadership, or extracurricular education.

Offered by the Office of the University Registrar.

Geballe Prize for Writing

The Geballe Prize was established to encourage Stanford faculty and students to utilize the Cantor Arts Center as a resource for intellectual discovery by honoring outstanding examples of writing related to the Cantor, its collections, exhibitions, or programs. Submissions may be analytical, argumentative, or creative prose or poetry written by freshmen and sophomore students independently or as part of coursework in any discipline.

Offered by the Cantor Arts Center.

Contact Kim Mansfield for more information.

Departmental Awards

Department of Music

Multiple opportunities for majors and non-majors in performance and composition.

Creative Writing Program

Prizes in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction open to all undergraduates.

Fellowships and Scholarships

The Beinecke Scholarship Program

For graduate study in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Beinecke Scholarship enables highly motivated students of exceptional promise to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study.

Nomination by Stanford through Undergraduate Advising and Research.

Contact a UAR Academic Advisor for more information.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Postgraduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the creative arts intending to carry out research or study visits of one to three months in duration are especially encouraged to apply for grants.

Contact the Overseas Resource Center (ORC) for more information.

Fullbright Grants

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 by U.S. Congress, is named for Senator J. William Fulbright and was created to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.  It is designed to give opportunities for personal and career development and international experience. Most awards are for one academic year. Applicants propose and design their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent research, special projects in the creative or performing arts, or a combination.

Nomination by Stanford through the ORC/Bechtel International Center.

Contact the Overseas Resource Center (ORC) for more information.

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic.

Nomination by Stanford through the ORC/Bechtel International Center.

Contact the Overseas Resource Center (ORC) for more information.

Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy

Through the Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy, three graduating seniors or co-terms can gain first-hand experience in philanthropy by working full-time for 11 months with community, private, corporate, or family grantmaking foundations. Each Tom Ford Fellow is also matched with a senior mentor at a host foundation who guides the fellow's professional development.

Contact the Haas Center for Public Service for more information.

John Gardner Public Service Fellowship

The John Gardner Public Service Fellowship provides opportunities for graduating seniors to invest their talent, energy and training in public service. Fellows work full-time for ten months with a government or nonprofit agency in the continental United States.

Contact the Haas Center for Public Service for more information.