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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.


Graduate Tempe Hotel Annual Award

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Award amount:

Annual School of Art competition juried by Graduate Hotel design team based in Chicago. The Graduate Tempe Hotel awards six School of Art undergraduate artists a two-month exhibition on the hotel Showcase Wall and awards.

• The Graduate Tempe will be giving all winners a Nights Stay at the Graduate Tempe for themselves or a family member (valid for one year).
• SWAG Bag
• Gift Card to their restaurant. You and a guest can use this or you can gift it to someone.
• Cash Prize of $225 to the artist whose work was best received by guests.

Who is eligible?

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

Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award

Deadline: March 12, 2020

Award amount: Varies

The Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award was established by the Nathan Cummings Foundation to give talented visual artists in the ASU School of Art the experience of the Grand Tour, a tradition in the education of the whole person. For the visual artist, this experience is considered a necessity, and the role it plays in the life of a young artist is well documented in modern history. This “application exhibition” showcases the artwork of those students who apply from various disciplines and also includes a statement of intent. Artists are meant to create proposals for summer travel to further their artistic visions and expand their worldview in relation to their particular craft and specific concentration. After a review of the work and proposals, ASU faculty members choose who will be awarded travel grants for this summer to their proposed locations.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 4, 2020

Award amount: $2,000-$3,000

The Martin Wong Foundation scholarship competition was established to recognize and support excellence in ceramics and painting, the areas in which Martin Wong first pursued his interest in art, and later established his reputation. The Foundation offers two scholarships in painting and two scholarships in ceramics. The first prize in each medium will be in the amount of $3000 and the second prize will be in the amount of $2,000.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

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

ASU Ralph Haver Memorial

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Varies

This fund was established in 1975 by the architectural, planning and engineering firm of Haver, Nunn and Nelson as a tribute to architect Ralph Burgess Haver. Income provides an award to graduate student(s) or student(s) pursuing advanced studies related to arid region design in The Design School.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Bob Saemisch Memorial Endowment

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is intended to support Architecture students within The Design School that meet at least one of the following criteria:
1) are a Fall semester Architecture Design Excellence Finalist, or
2) are enrolled in the 3rd year Architecture program, or
3) are enrolled in the Masters 3+ MArch program and are returning in the fall semester.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior
  • Graduate

Steven C. Ladislaus/Central Arizona Chapter AIA Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Varies

Scholarship is to be awarded to upper division Architecture students in The Design School.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior
  • Senior

John Yellot Graduate Reseach Grant

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Award amount: Minimum $600

This scholarship is intended for Master of Science in Architecture students to provide support to conduct experimental research in the study of renewable energy in building design, particularly to purchase instruments, apparatus, and equipment to conduct their research.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

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)

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: