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The Herberger Institute has many financial aid options available.

Explore all your various funding options from major-specific awards to research, creativity, and study abroad scholarships.

Most university scholarships are due in very early spring for the next academic year, so we recommend you start getting your application materials ready around November and December!

General timeline for scholarship and grant applications

August Apply for Student Enrichment Grants (travel from October to December).
September Begin preparing application materials, update resumes, and contact individuals for letters of recommendation if need be.
October FAFSA opens for applications for the next academic year.
Creative Constellation Grant Applications open for spring funding.
November Creative Constellation Grant Applications close.
Apply for Student Enrichment Grants (travel from January to March).
December Apply for scholarships via the ASU portal and finalize FAFSA application if need be.
January ASU FAFSA deadline for priority consideration for financial aid and grants.
The Design School scholarship applications due.
February Most ASU Scholarship applications due.
School of Artscholarship applications due.

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School scholarship applications due.
March Creative Constellation Grant Applications open for summer/fall funding.
April Creative Constellation Grant Applications close.
May Apply for Student Enrichment Grants (travel from July to September).
June Final deadline for FAFSA application.


ACF/Max and Clara Springer Scholarship

Deadline: February 14, 2021

Award amount: $5,000

This award is a scholarship competition for first-time freshmen graduating from an Arizona high school who plan to major in the arts (art, dance, music, theatre & film).

Recipients are selected on the basis of artistic and academic merit as determined by a selection committee.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student

ASU William Z. Smith Jr. Schol (1 merit based/1 need based)

Deadline: March 14, 2021

Award amount: Varies

The funds are to be used to fund scholarships for 1st year undergraduate students in the Architectural Studies program. There is one available on a merit basis and one on a need basis.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student

MFA Thesis Award

Deadline: October 4, 2020

Award amount: $ 5,000

All MFA students in their last year of their graduate program are eligible for the MFA Thesis Award. This is a highly competitive opportunity that is only available once an academic year. This award will be will be funded through a scholarship or scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Travel Enrichment Grant -School of Art Graduate Students Only

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: variable

Enrichment grants are for competitive professional opportunities, including presenting a paper at a symposium or conference, attending a competitive residency, participating in an invitational or juried exhibition, giving an artist talk or participating on a panel discussion, among others. These are opportunities where many people apply and only a select few are awarded the opportunity to participate.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Travel Enrichment Grant -School of Art Undergraduate Students Only

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount:

Enrichment grants are for competitive professional opportunities, including presenting a paper at a symposium or conference, attending a competitive residency, participating in an invitational or juried exhibition, giving an artist talk or participating on a panel discussion, among others. These are opportunities where many people apply and only a select few are awarded the opportunity to participate.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming freshman
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post Baccalaureate

Anthony L. Gully British Art Travel Fellowship

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: Varies

This fund was established in 1995 with a gift from L. Gene and Catherine Lemon. Income supports a travel fellowship for the study of British Art in Great Britain or other countries, including the United States of America for graduate and undergraduate Art History students.

Who is eligible?

  • Senior
  • Graduate

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre administers the scholarships, fellowships and awards through various studios and professors and are only available to music majors. All music majors are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships and the named scholarships and fellowships. Undergraduate students may be considered for scholarship for up to eight semesters, master’s students may be considered for scholarship for up to four semesters, and doctoral students may be considered for scholarship for up to six semesters. 

For information on scholarships, please contact the School of Music, Dance and Theatre scholarship coordinator.

Herberger Institute Grants

images with stars and the words: Creative Constallation Grants

The Creative Constellation Grants are opportunities for current Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students, both undergraduate and graduate students, to implement original and innovative ideas that use their creativity for powerful community impact. Creative Constellation grants fall into two categories: 1.) Polaris Grants for larger events, capstones, projects, and displays and 2.) Sirius Grants for bright, new ideas in need of an angel investor. Award recipients have access to mentorship, networking, financial planning assistance, and material resources needed to support their project. Please note: These grants are to expand and amplify your creative projects.

Applications are reviewed twice a year by the grant committee. Awardees will be contacted by email if they have been awarded a grant and then given guidelines for the next steps in the process. Funding will disburse at the beginning of the semester for which each grant is offered. Awardees will be required to document their creative process and project throughout the process as well as submit a final project reflection and account of all expenditures.


Application deadlines:

For spring session - November 1

For summer and fall sessions - April 1


For this grant application you will need the following:


1.) Complete this application in full

2.) Within the application, upload one document (PDF format with filename convention LastName_ProjectName.pdf)) that includes the following:

1.) Statement of purpose for your proposed project including who this project will impact, how you will know impact has been made, and how the scope of the project is above and beyond the basic requirements for your degree

2.) Detailed budget overview for how you intend to use the proposed grant funding

3.) Creative resume or CV (We highly recommend you work with Career and Professional Development Services on your resume components)

Please note the naming conventions for the file upload are LastName_ProjectName.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the clarity of purpose and overall proposal, potential impact of project, and quality of application materials. Grant recipients will be notified by the conclusion of the semester prior to their funding start. Proposals will be evaluated by the Creative Constellation Grant council. Faculty sponsoring a proposal may not evaluate submitted applications.


Want to boost your application? We highly suggest you utilize ASU Career and Professional Development Services as well as University Academic Success Program Writing Centers for resume and proposal review. 


Looking for other scholarship and grant information? Check out scholarship and grant opportunities here.

Student Enrichment grants

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts awards student enrichment grants to support the professional development of its students, increase the visibility of its design and arts programs and reward excellence in student research and creative practice. The enrichment grants provide support for travel:

  • To undergraduate and graduate students attending international, national and regional conferences where they have been competitively selected to exhibit, perform, present a paper, or give a workshop.
  • To undergraduate and graduate students invited to perform or exhibit at prestigious regional, national or international venues.
  • For research connected to a graduate student's final project for their degree.

Even though these can all be useful experiences, the following are beyond the scope of the Herberger Institute Student Enrichment Grant program and are not eligible for an award. These areas will not be considered for funding:

  • Study at festivals or workshops nationally or abroad.
  • Attendance at normal disciplinary conferences where the student has not been selected to participate.
  • Travel for enrichment purposes only.
  • These grants do not support performances or exhibitions themselves (i.e. support for costume, lighting, sound or set design or materials). Please see the Creative Constellation Grants for grant support for performances, projects, and exhibitions.

Download the Student Enrichment grant process guide.

Application requirements:

  • Completed application form signed by the school director
  • Completed narrative
  • Letter of invitation (if applicable) or indication that you are awaiting notification for an opportunity
  • Copy of airfare estimate directly from the source
    • Graduate students must also include a completed Graduation Education Travel grant form

Deadline for undergraduate applications:

  • Four to three weeks prior to the experience

Important deadlines if applying to Graduate College funding:

Aug. 16 – Travel from October to December

Nov. 15 – Travel January to March

Feb. 14 – Travel April to June

May 15 – Travel July to September

Please note that all applications must receive an endorsement from your school director. Check with your school’s deadlines for internal review.

Questions about your school’s process, please contact:

School of Art – Debbie Bearden

School of Arts, Media and Engineering – Loren Benally

The Design School – Samantha Perkins

School of Film, Dance, and Theatre – Jeanette Beck

School of Music – Adrienne Goglia

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ASU funding opportunities

Investigate other ways to support your academic and creative endeavors

There are a variety of ways to access funding for your education through ASU, local organizations, and other opportunities. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a great place to get started in looking at all the ways to best leverage opportunities to enhance your education and future dreams.

ASU Changemaker grants

ASU DreamZone scholarships

ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation

ASU grants

All grants in this section require the student to file a FAFSA by the ASU priority filing date of January 1 each year and are awarded to students who are eligible for need-based aid. Completion of the FAFSA by the priority filing date of January 1 is recommended due to the funding limitations of some programs. Monitor your My ASU account and submit all documents promptly. Your financial aid file must be complete before grant eligibility is considered.

ASU Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Travel Grants (Undergraduates only)

ASU Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) Grants (Graduate students only)

Summer 2020 funding for virtual/remote development

While ASU travel restrictions remain in place, the Graduate College will allow students to apply directly for funds to cover registration costs for online/remote conferences and trainings which occur from June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020. The initial deadline to apply is June 12, 2020 and we will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis should funds remain. Please note, for now we are only accepting applications for activities taking place during June and July. If this period is extended, the website will be updated.

Students can apply directly using the google link and there is no need for unit nomination for this cycle. Students must be an enrolled graduate student in a campus immersion degree program who are in good academic standing. For more details, please review the application form.

Application form

Traditional graduate travel award program The Graduate College is also accepting applications for their traditional Travel Award Program beginning July 6, 2020 for travel in August and September and then quarterly going forward should ASU travel restriction be lifted by that date.

Our Herberger Institute Student Enrichment Grant Travel Program remains on hold at this time. We will reinstate the program once ASU lifts its travel ban and makes clear any and all travel restrictions.

Graduate students can still apply for the Graduate Travel Award directly using the application on their site (it is not required to run through the Dean’s office, only their Academic Unit). If/when ASU travel restrictions are lifted and we open up our SEG program up again, they can also apply for additional funding from the Dean’s office and Academic Unit via our DocuSign application (if the Academic Unit did not fund at the time of Graduate College application.)

Please do not accept any Herberger Institute Student Enrichment Grant Travel applications until you are notified that the program has been reinstated.

Please visit the Graduate Travel Award website for more information and to obtain their application.

ASU Graduate College Grants (Graduate students only)

Barrett, The Honors College funding

External sites
Note: these are not endorsed by ASU, rather just places you may consider looking at a variety of financial resources including scholarship and grant opportunities.

Financial Planning Tools

Graduate teaching assistantships

For more information about applying and details concerning the types of opportunities available, visit the Graduate Education teaching and research assistantship website.

If you plan to apply for federal student loans, please consult the Financial Aid Office website for the necessary application steps.

Consult your academic unit for more information about financial support: