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Assistantships & Funding

Admitted graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in any of the four programs within the department, which include Art Education, Art Therapy, Arts Administration, and Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation (EC), are eligible to apply for an assistantship.  Assistantships are competitive and the number of funded positions vary from year to year. Assistantships supply graduate students with a tuition waiver and stipend.  The department offers two different types of assistantships to incoming students:

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

GAs may receive a position in the following areas: Art & Design Library in William Johnston Building, social media team, Opening Nights Mural Project, departmental newsletter, or personal research assistant to a Professor.

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

TAs are degree-seeking graduate students with a related master’s degree. TAs perform primary teaching duties as the Instructor of Record (IOR). These assistantships are only offered to PhD candidates with previous teaching experience.

How to Apply

Prospective Students – Completed assistantship applications are due by fall enrollment deadlines. Assistantship applications for prospective students should be completed in the SLATE application system.

  • Art Education – February 1st
  • Art Therapy– January 15th
  • Arts Administration – February 1st
  • Museum Education & Visitor-Centered Curation (EC) – February 1st

Current Students – Applications for current students should be sent via email to the director of your program.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Below is information on distinguished scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and university financial aid available to Department of Art Education students. All U.S. students are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) regardless of their income. International Students from select countries should consider applying for the Linkage Institutes’ Out-of-State Tuition Exemption. Please note: You may need to take the GRE to qualify for certain funding sources.


McKnight Doctoral Fellowships


    These fellowships for newly enrolling African American and Hispanic graduate students provide up to five years of support, with a stipend of $12,000 plus tuition waivers and other support for four years and with the fifth-year support at a rate that is typical in the student’s academic program.

    This is a state-wide program administered through the Florida Education Fund (FEF). Applications are available on the FEF website.
    For more information regarding FSU application procedures, contact The Graduate School.

    Florida Education Fund
    201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1525
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 272-2772

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship


    This is a national competition for women at the final stage of writing their dissertations. The fellowship provides a stipend of $6,000 – $30,000.
    AAUW provides other fellowship and postdoctoral opportunities. For more information on fellowship opportunities for women and application information, contact:

    AAUW Educational Foundation
    1111 16th Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (800) 326-2289

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book Stipend


Latin American – Caribbean Scholars


    Graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who have been awarded a non-duty scholarship from the U.S. federal government, the State of Florida government or by the government of the Latin American/Caribbean country of origin, of a minimum of $500 per semester, may be eligible to be designated as Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship recipients. A Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship recipient (LAC) will be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes only.

    More information about the LAC scholarship is available here. For questions, please contact: Tori Cole: or (850) 644-2147

Leslie N. Wilson – Delores Auzenne Fellowship


    This assistantship is available for all new or currently full-time enrolled graduate students.  Preference may be given to applicants who are historically underrepresented.  Nomination is through the department or college, but competition for these awards is on a university-wide basis. The stipend is a minimum of $5,000 per academic year plus tuition waivers. Application forms are available from The Graduate School.