The Stamps MFA Program supports a variety of scholarships, residencies, and individually funded projects during the program as well as many post-graduate opportunities. Post-graduate residencies and projects are supported on a case-by-case basis. Post-graduate support is not an obligation of the Stamps MFA Program — it is merit based funding that is reviewed by the Associate Dean’s office and the MFA Program Director. Recent MFA alumni who have finished within two years with a specific project, exhibition, or residency may write to the MFA Program Director to request funding.
Stamps provides partial funding for these outside residencies:
- The Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an MFA degree program in the United States. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 for the fellowship year. The Dedalus Foundation provides all the funding, the Stamps School does not match or financially support the fellowship.
Eligibility: Candidacy for the fellowship is by nomination only. Each fall, the MFA Program selects (2) candidates from our MFA programs in painting and sculpture.
- The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture has been a transformative experience for artists. It is designed to give emerging artists the opportunity to work independently and to build a strong and supportive community of artists through an experience extending far beyond the borders of its campus. The Stamps MFA Program participates in Skowhegan's Matching Fellowship program and can award full scholarships for one successful applicant.
Eligibility: First and second year MFA students working in painting and sculpture are eligible to participate. Interested students apply directly through Skowhegan.
- The Headlands, California Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to eight weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and stipends for travel and living expenses.
- The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international residency program in the US, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.
- Anderson Ranch's Artists in Residence Program fosters creative and intellectual growth for emerging and established visual artists. Residents have access to world-class facilities at the Ranch and 10 weeks of uninterrupted studio time.
- A-Z West is located on over fifty acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since it's inception in fall 2000, A-Z West has been undergoing an ongoing conversion into our testing grounds for "A-Z designs for living."
Exhibitions and projects
The Stamps MFA program will help fund exhibitions and projects on a case by case basis. Follow these guidelines to request MFA post-graduate funding.
- Write a 750 word project description (with 3 images) with a detailed budget to the MFA program director. If you have been accepted by an artist in residency program or exhibition, include the invitation letter.
- Budget should include all sources of funding, such as other grants.
- A written report with documentation is expected after the completion of the program.
- MFA post-graduate support does not fund equipment purchases, living expenses, studio rent payments, or transportation costs that are unrelated to the project or residency.
- A recent graduate (within two calendar years of graduation) may apply for one post-graduate opportunity.