Graduate Fellowship Awards

James Nelson Raymond Fellowships
Two $10,000 fellowships are awarded to graduating MFA students of exceptional promise. These awards are to support the artist’s career and travel in the year following graduation.

Municipal Art League Fellowship
Established in 2011 by Mohamed Drisi (BFA 1958), president of the Municipal Art League of Chicago, and Nanette Drisi (BA 1958), secretary of the Municipal Art League of Chicago, this $4,000 fellowship is awarded to a graduate student of exceptional merit working in the discipline of painting, drawing, illustration, or sculpture.

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.

Clay Morrison Scholarship
The Clay Morrison Scholarship is awarded in memory of SAIC alum Thomas Clay Morrison (1948–2007), who received his MFA in 1977. The $1,500 award is given annually to a graduate student studying the work of independent artists: self-taught artists, “outsider” art, popular culture, and international folk art.

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. 

Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship
The Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship awards five $5,000 Fellowships for excellence in visual arts.