Research Funding Opportunities

The Art History Student Research Grant provides funding to support student research involving domestic or international travel to visit archives, libraries, museums, buildings, and other research sites. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.  Preference is given to well-defined research projects that will allow students to gather primary source materials for a substantial research project (for example, a senior paper or qualifying paper). Please see the Art History Grant Student Research Guidelines document for full guidelines.

The Luann Dummer Center for Women offers an annual award of $4,000 to a St. Thomas graduate student conducting research on a topic related to women. Full- and part-time students in all graduate programs are invited to apply. The research may be conducted as part of a course, a thesis or a dissertation. It may consist of a credit or noncredit independent study. The research must take place during the grant period, and the researcher must agree to present the results in a forum sponsored by the women's center at the end of the grant period. For additional information, call, (651) 962-6118 or visit the LDCW website.

At the June 2010 Spirit of Summer fundraiser for the American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas, the University raised funds to support a scholarship fund in honor of Patricia Jaffray.  Her lifelong work for the arts and education in the Twin Cities is well known.  A Trustee of the University until her passing, she was enthusiastic about many causes, including international education.  For these reasons, this scholarship was named in honor of her and her work in the community and university. 

The purpose of the program is to continue to broaden awareness of the Asmat people through one-time student scholarships for students at St. Thomas who wish to take a seminar on the Asmat or engage in independent study or supervised research using the Asmat collection. The scholarship will encourage students unfamiliar with the Asmat to learn more. One student at a time, one class at a time, one research project at a time, we will continue to grow the visibility of the art and culture of this incredible people.

Jaffray Major Research Scholarship 

This scholarship, in the amount of $2500, is for an undergraduate or graduate art history student to research and write on Asmat art or culture in their capstone Senior Paper or Qualifying Paper.  The paper will conform to departmental guidelines for these papers and should be a substantive exploration of an issue or theme in Asmat art, and will include a presentation at the departmental research symposium.

Students interested in applying for the Jaffray Scholarship must submit a 750-word prospectus describing the topic, previous research or classwork, current scholarship on the topic, a description of the research and writing plan/timeline, and the proposed faculty sponsor.  The prospectus should have attached a select bibliography of scholarly work on the topic.  The prospectus should be submitted to the Chair of the Art History department, and a letter of support from the sponsor to the chair should be arranged.  Applications should be received by the end of add/drop period each semester for an award in that semester. Applications will be evaluated by a departmental committee that will include either the Director of Graduate Studies or the Chair, the Director of the American Museum of Asmat Art @ the University of St. Thomas, and one additional faculty member.