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Dean's Graduate Scholarships

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study is pleased to announce four $35,000 Dean’s Graduate Scholarships for incoming MA students. These scholarships provide support for outstanding students pursuing innovative programs of study that investigate questions and themes within four broad areas of interdisciplinary academic inquiry. Scholarships will be awarded in the following general areas:


For writers, performers, and visual artists whose creative practice will be enriched by graduate research and scholarship.

Globalization, Environment, and Social Change

For students who are interested in research questions that relate to global politics, civil society and NGOs, global gender studies, the political economy and culture of globalization, development, indigenous studies, environmentalism, climate studies and/or sustainability.


For students who would benefit from interdisciplinary, individualized research and creative work involving the traditional humanities disciplines and who wish to prepare themselves for more advanced graduate work or practice in related fields including public humanities, design, performance, curating, cultural programming, arts communications, teaching, critical writing, publishing, journalism, cultural activism, digital humanities, interactive and information technology.

Urban Democracy Lab

For students who are interested in being involved with the Urban Democracy Lab and whose research focuses on the following topics: urban social justice, urban environmentalism, globalization and cities, gentrification/displacement and its alternatives, alternative housing models, democracy, social movements and participation. Students will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in the Lab's Student Advisory Board, participate in working groups, contribute to the Lab's blog, and collaborate with research teams undertaking focused, short-term and long-term community-engaged projects.


Gallatin Dean’s Graduate Scholarships are available to incoming full-time MA students.  International students may be considered for the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship and are not required to submit the FAFSA. Scholarships may be applied to a maximum of 40 units of study, which is the required number of units for the MA degree. Recipients will be awarded $35,000 for the first year of study ($17,500 per semester for the first and second semesters of full-time study). Scholarships are renewable for the second year of study, when students will receive $17,500 for the third semester of the program (contingent on registration for a full-time course load). Scholarship aid is not available in the fourth and final semester of the program when students are registered part time while completing the thesis.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship, you must:

  • be a full-time student
  • submit the application for admission by January 15
  • file the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) by February 1, if you are a US citizen or permanent resident
  • include a writing sample as part of your application for admission
  • on the application for admission, select the area of study (listed above) that most closely corresponds to your proposed concentration (you may select up to two)
  • You are welcome to apply for both the Dean's Graduate Scholarship and the Graduate Assistant (GA) positions. 


Current Dean's Graduate Scholars