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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.

School of Film, Dance, and Theatre 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.


Scholarships

ACF/Max and Clara Springer Scholarship

Deadline: February 14, 2020

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 freshman

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

Deadline: March 14, 2020

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 freshman

Donald N Rabiner Memorial Fund

Deadline: February 2, 2020

Award amount: Varies

This fund was established in 1992 by gifts from friends and associates of the late Arizona State University Associate Professor of Art History, Donald Rabiner. The income supports a travel fellowship for the study of Italian art in Italy or elsewhere. Eligible students include graduate or undergraduate students majoring in Art History or Studio Art graduate students.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

School of Art Scholarship

Deadline: February 13, 2020

Award amount: Varies

The School of Art administers university and private donor scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. You must complete the application for the School of Art Scholarship to be eligible for these scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming freshman
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Arizona Artists Guild Visual Arts Scholarship

Deadline: February 13, 2020

Award amount:

The School of Art would like to make its students aware of opportunities available to students through the Arizona Artists Guild Visual Arts Scholarship.

Who is eligible?

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Galbut Prize

Deadline: February 13, 2020

Award amount: $1,500

Martin and Cynthia Galbut are artists and art collectors whose love of art spans throughout history from Asian Art to American Tonalism and Contemporary Western American Landscape painting. The Galbut Prize is patterned after the Henry Ward Ranger prize which was established at National Academy of Design aimed at recognizing and supporting young talent. The Galbut Prize is an annual award that includes a $1500 purchase prize juried by a rotating member of the community. This competitive prize will be awarded to an outstanding work created by one of ASU’s School of Art MFA students, which will then become part of the ASU permanent art collection and be displayed in a highly visible location on the Tempe campus.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

School of Film, Dance and Theatre General

Deadline: February 8, 2020

Award amount:

This posting is the gateway to allow Film, Dance and Theatre students to apply for all School of Film, Dance and Theatre scholarships with one application.

Who is eligible?

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

M Jane Tanfield Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is provided to fund a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate, or any level graduate student's travel in the Architecture program. This scholarship is meant to help finance the recipient's faculty-directed travel, either as an individual, independent prize or in conjunction with Architecture Program field trips or with the overseas program.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Dwight L Busby Family Endowment

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is to be awarded for students majoring in any major in The Design School to support entry and participation in national and international design competitions.

Who is eligible?

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Landscape Architecture Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Varies

To provide support to Landscape Architecture students within The Design School

Who is eligible?

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

ASU George Christensen Travel

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Minimum $1000

This scholarship is provided to fund a 3rd year Architecture student's travel. The scholarship will be provided to assist in paying for travel directly related to the student's studies at The Design School. This scholarship will cover travel and room and board expenses during their period of travel. The recipient of the scholarship will be based upon the quality of the applicant's travel proposal with a detailed budget and itinerary.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior

The School of Music 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 scholarship coordinator.

Herberger Institute Grants

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New grant opportunity

The Creative Constellation Grants are opportunities for current Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students to implement original ideas that use their creativity for powerful innovation and community impact.

Creative Constellation grants fall into two categories, Polaris Grants for culminating capstones, projects and displays, and the Sirius Grant for bright, new ideas in need of an angel investor. Award recipients have access to mentorship, networking groups, financial planning, and material resources needed to support their project. Applications are due Nov. 1 and April 1.

Polaris Creative Project grant (culminating projects)

Award process:
Grant applications are reviewed on a semesterly basis and awarded on a project-by-project basis.

Applications are due Nov. 1 and April 1.

Application requirements:

One document (PDF or Word format) that includes a

  1. creative resume or CV
  2. statement of purpose for proposed project
  3. detailed budget overview for requested funding.

Apply now

Sirius Creative Idea grant (Bright, New Ideas)

Award process:
Grant proposals are reviewed each month and awarded on a project-by-project basis.

Application requirements:

One document (PDF or Word format) that includes a

  1. creative resume or CV
  2. statement of purpose for proposed project
  3. detailed budget overview for requested funding.

Apply now

Creative Constellation grant evaluation process

Proposals will be evaluated by the Creative Constellation grant council. Faculty sponsoring a proposal may not evaluate submitted applications. Proposals will be evaluated based on the clarity of purpose and overall proposal, potential impact, supplemental materials, and letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member. Grant recipients will be notified by the conclusion of the semester before their funding start.

Questions? Please contact Megan Workmon

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)

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: