Graduate Fellowship Awards



James Nelson Raymond Fellowships
Two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded to graduating masters degree students of exceptional promise with a practice in painting and/or sculpture. 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 will open April 1st through Slideroom. Please check back for updates in March.


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.