Financial Support

All graduate students entering the program since 2015 are guaranteed five years of support, contingent upon satisfactory progress year by year. This support covers the individual’s full tuition costs and health insurance, and includes a stipend annually. Student stipends are guaranteed at the level stated in the letter of offer (for incoming students) and in the renewal letter (for continuing students) for the duration of the applicable period.

Outstanding graduate applicants from underrepresented communities are regularly nominated for the Kelly Miller Fellowship, named for the first African-American to attend Johns Hopkins, as a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics in 1887. The fellowship provides additional funding to support student research, travel, and study during the student’s graduate career. In addition to the financial award, Kelly Miller Fellows benefit from quarterly programming designed to enhance the graduate experience and ensure professional success. 

All ABD students (those who have completed all requirements but the dissertation, something that usually happens in year three) are strongly encouraged to apply for external grants and fellowships to support their dissertation research and writing. Many of our students receive external grants prior to the expiration of their JHU funding; in these cases, students may, upon request, “bank” their university-sponsored funding to use at a later date. This also applies for students who go on leave for a semester or year.

Summer Funding

The department has a group of named summer funding fellowships that provide support for travel, intensive language study, and other research-related activities. Students submit summer research proposals each spring; receiving summer funding is not guaranteed, but the department is committed to enabling students to pursue important on site research and training during the summer months. Award amounts vary, but usually range from $500 to $1500. These awards are possible due to the generosity of alumni and other friends of the department:

  • The Adolf Katzenellenbogen Memorial Prize
  • The Elizabeth Cropper Travel Prize (to support travel in Italy for research purposes)
  • The Roth Travel Fund
  • The Cooke Travel Fund

Students may supplement departmental summer funding with funding from sources outside the department. Cross-disciplinary programs often offer summer and intersession research funding or funding for language training, and we encourage students with interests related to these programs to sign up for their mailing lists to insure they receive notice of these opportunities. In addition, the Dean’s office offers a small, $500 award through The J. Brien Key Fund, and there are travel funds available through the Graduate Representative Organization.

Conference Funding

Our advanced graduate students attend and present at scholarly conferences during their graduate careers; each graduate student receives a one-time allotment of $1500 for conference expenses, to be used over the course of one’s career in the department.

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship

Each fall, the dean’s office calls for applications for the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, which offers graduate students in the Krieger school an opportunity to propose, design, and offer an undergraduate seminar course. Fellows receive one semester of support (a stipend, currently $11,500, health insurance, and tuition). The dean’s office also regularly calls for former DTF awardees to apply to teach the course a second time as a first-year seminar, in what is called a Dean’s Prize Fellowship. The Dean’s Prize Fellowship comes with tuition, health insurance, and a small stipend (currently $6000). For additional teaching opportunities, see the Graduate Teaching and Museum Opportunities page.

Departmental Fellowships

The department has several named fellowships designed for History of Art graduate students who have exhausted their five-year Krieger fellowship, to support their dissertation research and writing. Calls for applications for these fellowships are circulated in the spring.

Hall Fellowship: This fellowship supports one semester of the research or writing stage of the dissertation. It provides a modest stipend, non-resident tuition, and health insurance.

Singleton Fellowship: This fellowship supports one semester or one year of research, travel expenses, and/or writing. It provides a modest stipend, non-resident tuition, and health insurance. 

Cazel Fellowship: This fellowship is designed to help support a non-resident student during the dissertation completion process.

We sincerely thank the donors of these funds for their generous support. 

Complete information about financial support can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.