Divisional Awards


James Nelson Raymond Fellowships

Two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded to graduating masters degree students of exceptional promise. These awards are to support the artist’s career and travel in the year following graduation. 

The application process for AY23 opens February 1st via slideroom here. Submissions are due March 15th.

Municipal Art League Fellowship

The Municipal Art League of Chicago Award for Excellence provides three $2,000 awards to graduating MFA students whose work is concentrated in drawing, illustration, painting or sculpture on the basis of merit.

The application process for AY23 opens February 1st via slideroom here. Submissions are due March 15th.

Clay Morrison Scholarship

The Clay Morrison Scholarship for graduate students was established in 2011 to support continuing SAIC graduate students from any department or program who are studying art created independently from the academic mainstream, including self-taught or non-mainstream art, popular culture, and/or folk art from any culture(s). Two winning students receive a $1,500 scholarship toward tuition in the fall of their final year of study.

The application process for AY23 opens April 1st via slideroom here. Submissions are due May 1st.

Institut für Alles Mögliche Residency in Berlin, Germany

The SAIC Berlin Residency is awarded to two graduating graduate students annually through an open competition. One award is reserved for an MFA student in the Photography department, one is Open to All Programs. Awarded MFA students spend two months in Berlin at the Institut für Alles Mögliche. SAIC pays for the awarded student's residency fee only. Basic accommodations and studio space are included in the residency. The residency will be August 1-September 30 for the Photography residency and October 1-November 30 for the Open Program residency. International students are responsible for any necessary visa arrangements.

For more information about the residency program visit: https://www.i-a-m.tk/

Application opens April 1 via slideroom here.
Deadline: May 1st

Gallery MOMO Residency in Johannesburg, South Africa

The SAIC Gallery MOMO Residency is awarded to one graduating graduate student annually through an open competition. The award is available to students in all programs. The awarded student will spend one month in Johannesburg at Gallery MOMO. SAIC pays for the awarded student's residency fee only. Basic accommodations, studio space, networking opportunities, and a space for a final exhibition are included in the residency. The residency will begin in September, exact dates to be determined by the recipient. International students are responsible for any necessary visa arrangements.

For more information about the residency program visit: https://www.gallerymomo.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/GalleryMOMOSA/

Application opens April 1 via slideroom here.
Deadline: May 1st

Department Award Highlights

Carrie Ellen Tuttle Fellowship in Painting

Established in 2001 in memory of Carrie Ellen Tuttle, who received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from SAIC. This $1,900 fellowship is awarded to a graduate student of exceptional merit working in the discipline of painting.

Weinstein Memorial Fellowship in Photography

The James Weinstein Memorial Fund for Photographic Artists was established in 1994 to honor photographer James Weinstein. This $8,000 fellowship is awarded each year to a MFA candidate in the Department of Photography.

Eldon Danhausen Fellowship in Sculpture

Established in 2010 in memory of former SAIC faculty member Eldon Danhausen, this $9,000 award is given to a graduate student of exceptional merit studying in the Department of Sculpture.

Alba Sonic Arts Artist-in-Residence at Experimental Sound Studio

The Alba Residency includes a $1,000 stipend. All of ESS's resources and platforms are made available to a graduating MFA student from the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute, with the goal of creating an immediate outlet for the skills and ideas the student has developed at SAIC, and helping to launch them into the next phase of their artistic career. It is the only post-graduate sonic arts residency of its kind in the US.