Study Abroad/Off-Campus SAIC Scholarships

John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Scholarships

The John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Scholarships have been created for SAIC through a generous gift by the Kurtich Foundation. The purpose of the scholarships is to advance student opportunities to participate in our international faculty-led study trip courses.

Awards: $5,000 competitive scholarships for up to 14 students each year (up to seven per term) to assist with tuition and travel expenses for approved SAIC international study trips.

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to:

  • All graduate students
  • Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours on campus at SAIC at the time of their application.

Preference is given to Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects and Historic Preservation students. Applicants must be full-time degree-seeking students in good academic standing.

Application Process: Students may apply for the Kurtich Scholarship for approved international winter or summer study trips only. Kurtich Scholarships do not cover exchange programs or any other off-campus classes.

Applications require:

  • Online portfolio
  • 250-word travel proposal
  • Online application form

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based upon the merits of their applications.

Submit your online application.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:
September 18, 2019 for winter 2020 study trips
February 19, 2020 for summer 2020 study trips

After Application: A faculty committee reviews the applications and selects the finalists. All finalists are presented to the Kurtich Foundation for approval.

For more details download the John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Scholarships Overview [PDF].

About the Award Recipients
As the award recipients are in essence the embodiment of Professor Kurtich’s legacy, each recipient of a Kurtich Scholarship will be designated as a John W. Kurtich Scholar. Before each study trip sequence, the identified Kurtich Scholars will be asked to attend an event where family, friends, and colleagues of Professor Kurtich will speak to the Kurtich persona and sensibilities as a source of inspiration. The Kurtich Scholars will be expected to document their work for a commemorative compilation, and during the following fall semester each award recipient may have the opportunity to give a short presentation to members of the Kurtich family at a second event.

About John W. Kurtich
Born in Salinas, California, in 1935, John W. Kurtich joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1968 after completing his master’s degree in architecture at Columbia University. Trained as a licensed architect, his artistic practice also extended to writing and filmmaking. At SAIC, Professor Kurtich made an impact on everyone who knew him—as a mentor, a master teacher, and a multifaceted artist. His work, travels, and eagerness to learn and live touched his colleagues, friends, and three decades of students, many of whom describe him as their intellectual inspiration.

Professor Kurtich received numerous awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Graham Foundation award, a William Kinne Fellows Traveling Fellowship, and several Fulbright-Hays Mutual Education Exchange Grants. His scholarship of nearly every field—classical architecture, environmental design, filmmaking, theater, performance, music, photography, archaeology, art history, and cooking—influenced the spirit of interdisciplinary study that serves as the foundation for SAIC curriculum.

Professor Kurtich had a love of travel. He stressed to all of his students and colleagues how valuable seeing other parts of the world was to their development as scholars and human beings. His legacy for scholarship, aesthetics, connoisseurship, and spirited living will endure through his scholars.

Read more about John Kurtich.


SAIC Travel Scholarships

The SAIC Travel Scholarships are offered through generous gifts from the following donors:

  • Edward R. Ryerson Fellowship
  • Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship
  • John Quincy Adams Fellowship
  • Fred J. Forster
  • William Merchant R. French

The purpose of the scholarships is to advance undergraduate student opportunities to participate in our international faculty-led study trip courses.

Awards: $4,000 competitive scholarships for up to 10 students each year to assist with tuition and travel expenses for approved SAIC international study trips.

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours on-campus at SAIC at the time of their application.

Applicants must be full-time degree-seeking students in good academic standing with no financial holds against their student accounts.

Application Process: Students may apply for a SAIC Travel Scholarship for approved international winter or summer study trips only. Scholarships do not cover exchange programs or any other off-campus classes.

Applications require:

  • Online portfolio
  • 250-word travel proposal
  • Online application form

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based upon the merits of their applications by a committee composed of SAIC faculty appointed by the Dean of Faculty.

Submit your online application.

Please note: If you have applied for a John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Fellowship, your application will also be considered for the SAIC Travel Scholarship; you do not need to submit a separate application.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:
September 18, 2019 for winter 2020 study trips
February 13, 2020 for summer 2020 study trips

For more details download the SAIC Travel Scholarships Overview FAQ [PDF].


The J. Field/R. Field Family Travel Scholarships, the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Travel Scholarships, & the Arnold and Diane Von Eitzen Arnam Fellowship

These travel scholarships are offered through generous gifts from donors Jan Michael Field and the Robert W. Field Family of Owensboro, Kentucky, Samuel and Blanche Koffler, and Arnold and Diane Von Eitzen Arnam. The purpose of the scholarships is to advance student opportunities to participate in our international faculty-led study trip courses.

Awards: $4,000 competitive scholarships to assist with tuition and travel expenses for approved SAIC international study trips.

Eligibility: The Field and Koffler Scholarships are open to:

  • All graduate students
  • Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours on campus at SAIC at the time of their application

                  The Von Eitzen Arnam Fellowship is open to:

  • All graduate students

Applicants must be full-time degree-seeking students in good academic standing with no financial holds against their student accounts.

Awarding Process: Students may apply for approved international winter or summer study trips only. Scholarships do not cover exchange programs or any other off-campus classes.

Applications require:

  • Online portfolio
  • 250-word travel proposal
  • Online application form

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based upon the merits of their applications by a committee composed of SAIC faculty appointed by the Dean of Faculty.

Submit your online application.

Please note: If you have applied for a John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Fellowship or an SAIC Travel Scholarship, your application will also be considered for the Field and Koffler scholarships; you do not need to submit a separate application.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:
September 18, 2019 for winter 2020 study trips
February 13, 2020 for summer 2020 study trips

For more details download the 


Jedd T. Foulke Young Artist Globalization Endowment Fund

The Jedd T. Foulke Young Artist Globalization Endowment Fund was created in 2017 through a generous grant from the Benjamin J. Rosenthal Foundation. The fund’s purpose is to offer young artists and designers who care about the world, opportunities to learn about and appreciate cultural perspectives beyond the U.S. Travel scholarships are awarded annually to students who participate in SAIC’s faculty-led study trips outside of the United States. When possible, preference shall be given to students who are first-time overseas travelers.

About Jedd T. Foulke

Jedd lived most of his life in Laramie, Wyoming. Art and music were Jedd’s passions. In 2014, he received a BFA in illustration from Northern Michigan University. Jedd was living in Laramie when a tragic accident took his life. Jedd never had much chance to travel, although he aspired to. Even though Jedd’s artistic leanings were modernist, he wanted to go to Italy to see Renaissance paintings and frescos. He especially admired the innovative techniques of lighting and composition used by Caravaggio.

Jedd was unpretentious with his work.  He was concerned about the planet and humanity, but he made art mostly for enjoyment…art for art’s sake. Art spoke to him. Color spoke to him, particularly through paintings and drawings. In his words, “[I] enjoy working with tangible media because I find greater respect for an artist who must work with the permanence of each mark, and must utilize the innate characteristics of the medium, independent of the artist. I particularly like the fluid nature of watercolor.”

Jedd’s father, Tom, and his sister, Montana, have told us they feel fortunate to be able to celebrate Jedd’s life through this fund at SAIC that enables other young artists to broaden their worldviews and pursue their passions. As descendants of Chicago philanthropist Benjamin J. Rosenthal, the Foulke family is proud to share this lasting legacy with SAIC in Jedd’s memory.

Award: A yearly $1,000 travel scholarship to assist a student with travel expenses for an approved SAIC international study trip.

Eligibility: Preference is given to students who are first-time travelers outside of the North American continent.

Scholarships are open to:

  • All graduate students
  • Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours on campus at SAIC at the time of their application

Applicants must be full-time degree-seeking students in good academic standing with no financial holds against their student accounts.

Awarding Process: Students may apply for the Travel Scholarship for approved international winter or summer study trips only. Scholarships do not cover exchange programs or any other off-campus classes.

Applications require:

  • Online portfolio
  • 250-word travel proposal
  • Online application form

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based upon the merits of their applications by a committee composed of SAIC faculty appointed by the Dean of Faculty.

Submit your online application here.

Please note: If you have applied for a John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Fellowship or an SAIC Travel Scholarship, your application will also be considered for the Jedd T. Foulke Young Artist Globalization Endowment Fund Travel Scholarship; you do not need to submit a separate application.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:

September 18, 2019 for winter 2020 study trips


The Kikeri-Sinha Travel Fellowship

The Kikeri-Sinha Travel Fellowship is a need-based travel award established in 2016 at SAIC through a generous gift from Anita Kikeri Sinha and Prabha Kant Sinha. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the educational opportunities for SAIC students by enabling them to participate in faculty-led study trips to India and beyond.

Awards: $4000 - $6000 need-based fellowships to assist with tuition and travel expenses for approved SAIC international study trips.

For the Winter 2020 India study trip, the awards will be up to 3 fellowships of $5,000.

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to all full-time degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.

Awarding Process: Students who have expressed interest for an eligible trip through Study Abroad pre-registration will automatically be considered in the financial aid process.  Fellowship recipients will be chosen based on financial need.

For the Winter 2020 India study trip, fellowship recipients will be selected from those students who have submitted an application to the study trip faculty, and have completed Step 1, Study Trip Preregistration in Self-service by September 20.

About the Award Recipients
Each recipient of the Kikeri-Sinha Fellowship will be designated as a Kikeri-Sinha Fellow. Upon completion of the study trip, each recipient will be invited to attend a meeting with the Sinha family to share his or her experience abroad.  Recipients should expect to report on their experiences both in-person and in writing.

About Anita and Prabha Sinha
Anita Kikeri Sinha is a member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Board of Governors. She also serves on the board of the Chicago Humanities Festival. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, and in the past has served on other not-for-profit boards including the Chicago Foundation for Women.


China Scholarship Council Exchange Scholarship

An agreement between SAIC and the China Scholarship Council of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China provides SAIC undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to study or conduct research in China for one academic year. One full scholarship (including tuition, campus housing, health insurance, and a stipend) is offered for study or research at selected Chinese universities authorized to admit foreign scholarship students. Admission to the selected university for scholarship winners is arranged by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and recipients also receive a visa application which is pre-approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Applicants (per CSC guidelines) must be US citizens and in good health.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a citizen of the United States.
  • be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for undergraduate programs;
  • be a bachelor's degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for master's programs;
  • be under the age of 45 and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study when applying for general scholar (Mandarin language) programs.

Application Process
The SAIC faculty review committee will select one to three applicants to recommend to the Chinese Consulate. After review, the Chinese Consulate will approve applicants to submit an application directly to the CSC/Chinese approved institution. Applicants will be notified directly by the CSC and Chinese Consulate if they are accepted and the next step in the process. Please know that applicants may be notified as late as July to begin study in August.

Updates to the 2019/20 Application process will become available in late October. 

Download the SAIC Application for Chinese Scholarship Counsel (CSC) Scholarship Application for Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship‌ [PDF]. Questions can be directed to Lawrence Rodriguez in International Affairs at lrodri2@saic.edu or 312.629.6830.


Odyssey Travel Grants

Since 1998 Marion Parry, a friend of SAIC, has generously provided the means for students to travel to destinations around the globe. Travel can change your perspective, fuel your imagination, allow you to test new waters, and to find inspiration. For more than 20 years, Parry's grants have facilitated students' travel around the United States and the world.

Award: $1,500 to 20 degree-seeking students for the sole purpose of education through personal travel, which must be used for travel before the following January.

Eligibility: Degree-seeking SAIC students in good academic standing who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be on track to complete 30 undergrad or 15 grad credits on-campus at SAIC by the end of spring semester
  • Grant money is valid only for travel and must be used by January 31.
  • Previous grant recipients are not eligible

Process: Entries for the next drawing (spring semester 2020) will become available during that semester.  Winners are chosen by random drawing. Only one entry permitted per student.

Application Deadline: The deadline to submit will be announced in spring 2020. 

After Application: Plan to attend the next lottery drawing in spring 2020 (date and time TBA) in the MacLean Center Ballroom, 112 South Michigan Avenue. All students are encouraged to come celebrate! Your presence is not required to win fifteen of the twenty $1,500 Odyssey Travel Grants; however, there will be five awards that require you to be present to win. Plus we guarantee that it is far more exciting to win a grant when doing so in front of hundreds of cheering friends and students!


Skowhegan Matching Fellowships

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is an intensive nine-week summer residency for upper level visual artists. It is set on 300 acres in the lake district of Central Maine.

Award: SAIC matches funds with Skowhegan to provide two SAIC graduate or advanced senior students full scholarships each summer, covering tuition, room, and board.

Eligibility: SAIC students who are full-time degree-seeking students during the spring semester preceding the summer program are eligible to apply for the matching fellowships.

Application Process: Visit skowheganart.org to submit online by January 10. Skowhegan selects the fellowship recipients.

The 2019 Skowhegan application fee increases incrementally according to the following timetable:

November 11–20: $20
November 21–December 4: $50
December 5–January 7: $65
January 8–10: $80

All applicants who qualify for matching funds are also encouraged to complete the financial aid section in full in case more than two applicants are accepted. Other funding may be available from Skowhegan.

SAIC students applying for the matching fellowship should write the following contact information in the financial aid section (Step 4) of the application.

Name of School Contact: Norman Miller
Telephone: 312.629.6830
Email: nmiller2@saic.edu