Non-Need-Based Aid

Available Types of Non-Need-Based Aid

Scholarships for First-Year Students – Select students may be awarded scholarships at the time of admission; there is no separate application process.  Scholarship amounts vary and are renewable provided  the student’s Artist‐in‐Residence confirms that they are maintaining satisfactory progress in their program.

Scholarships for Second-Year Students – Some students may receive scholarships to assist with costs in their second year of student; these will be announced in the spring of students’ first year of study.

Grants –  Select students may be offered grants at the time of admission to assist them with their cost of study; there is no separate application process.

Requirements for Scholarship Recipients

Award recipients are required to complete a brief autobiographical survey as a condition of receiving the award.

Students who withdraw from school for any reason lose their merit scholarships/scholarships; this may result in a balance owed to the school if the student withdraws during the course of a semester.

Important Note Regarding the Availability of Funding

Cranbrook Academy of Art does not have an undergraduate program; therefore, teaching assistantships and fellowships (and the accompanying tuition remission and stipends) are not available.

Prospective and Current Students are Encouraged to Research Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Spending a few hours a week searching the internet for scholarships and fellowships is a wise investment of time.  Scholarship search sites are good options, and websites devoted to the arts often list opportunities. An excellent search engine is available here: U.S. Department of Labor scholarship search engine.

LGBTQ students may find this scholarship database helpful:  Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Scholarship Database.

Scholarship opportunities for various groups (LGBTQ, minorities, students with disabilities, veterans, and women) may be found on this website: .  At the top of the page, click on Colleges, then Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Current students are informed of scholarship opportunities through a weekly electronic newsletter and through postings on Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Intranet.

For tips on writing scholarship essays, see 7 Steps to Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay.

Other Scholarship Opportunities (not affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art)

Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund:  The Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund offers grants 4 times each year to students who are enrolled full time in accredited and degree granting fine arts programs such as painting, sculpture, or photography.  For application materials, or to ask questions, contact Dr. Marion Gilliland, (740) 796-4797, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (EST); the office is closed on weekends and holidays.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans:  Prospective students who meet the criteria for New American Status may wish to apply for The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.  This fellowship, with an annual deadline of November 1 for the following school year, provides funding for up to two years of graduate school.  While the fellowship is not affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art, it is such an outstanding opportunity that we want our prospective and current students to be aware of it.  Full details and the application are available at  Eligibility requirements for the most recent application cycle are posted here:  (Note:  The 2019 application is now open).

College Art Association Professional Development Fellowships for Graduate Students:  The Professional Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs. Fellows are honored with $10,000 unrestricted grants to help them with various aspects of their work.

One award will be presented to a practitioner—an artist, designer, and/or craftsperson—and one award will be presented to an art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic. Fellows also receive a free, one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.

Eligibility: Students who are current members; will receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year 2019, following the year of application (2018 for the current fellowship cycle); and have outstanding capabilities and demonstrate distinction in their contribution to art history and the visual artsApplication due November 16,2018.