Scholarships and Fellowships

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The School of Arts and Humanities has funding opportunities available to students directly through the School.


Ragen S. and Roy D. Elterman Endowed Scholarship

Ragen S. and Roy D. Elterman have created an endowed scholarship to support undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the School of Arts and Humanities. Ragen Elterman received her BA in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. A $1,000 stipend will be awarded annually in the fall semester to a promising undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0. Scholarship recipients can seek a second year of funding. Awardees will be chosen by a committee of faculty.

Gavin R. G. Hambly Scholarship

A $500 scholarship in honor of the late, distinguished historian of the Middle East and Mughal India and beloved professor of History. History majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible. A student can become a candidate by self-application or nomination by a faculty member in Arts and Humanities. The deadline for applications/nominations is in October. The recipient is announced in November.

Jonelle and Bryce Jordan Scholarship Fund

The Jonelle and Bryce Jordan Scholarship Fund was established in 1981 to support undergraduate music students at the University of Texas at Dallas. Bryce Jordan, flutist and musicologist, was the first President of UT Dallas. It has since been extended, with Dr. Jordan's approval, to provide financial support for undergraduate students in any of the creative and performing arts.

The Barb and Bob Sypult Scholarship in Music

The Barb and Bob Sypult Scholarship in Music for the support of undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas was established through a generous gift. One Scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded annually to a student in good academic standing who is or will be a full-time UTD student. The Scholarship is awarded over the two long semesters (Fall and Spring), half payable in each semester. The Scholarship recipient must enroll in at least one music course during each semester for the duration of the award.

The Robert Plant Armstrong Fellowship

The privately-endowed Armstrong Fund permits the School of Arts and Humanities at UTD to award a few modest fellowships to graduate students each academic year. In contrast to teaching assistantships, which involve part-time work for the school and are based solely on students' academic record, these awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit. Thus, applicants must provide the fellowship committee information on their incomes as well as estimated expenses.

The Selwin Belofsky Fellowship in Holocaust Studies

The Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation created the Belofsky Fellowship to develop the next generation of Holocaust educators. Belofsky Fellows have the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Dr. Nils Roemer, or Dr. David Patterson, all of whom teach and pursue research at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. Award is made by a faculty committee through a competitive application process.

Mabel H. Bremer Travel Award

This gift will be used to support graduate students in the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas. Preference will be given to students seeking a Ph.D. in Literature. Details forthcoming.

Mala and Adolph Einspruch Fellowship for Holocaust Studies

Dr. Burton Einspruch created this fellowship in memory of his parents, Mala and Adolph Einspruch. This fellowship is awarded annually and offers a modest stipend to help support a UT Dallas graduate student who focuses on Holocaust studies.

The Mike Jacobs Fellowship in Holocaust Studies

The children and grandchildren of the late Mike Jacobs established this fellowship in his honor to recognize the life of a man who witnessed history and shared his story with others. Jacobs, a Holocaust survivor, successful business man, and author, was known as an enthusiastic speaker and a dedicated member of the Dallas Jewish community. This fellowship helps to fund the academic career of a UT Dallas graduate student who will focus on Holocaust studies.

Edith O'Donnell Graduate Fellowship

Current PhD students in Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas may apply for a limited number of Edith O'Donnell Graduate Fellowships to support the completion of their dissertations. Applications are accepted from students working on art history and aesthetic studies topics and from other humanities students (in history, philosophy, and literature, etc.) whose work has the potential to intersect in productive ways with the field of art history.

Dr. Roger N. and Adrienne T. Rosenberg Graduate Fellowship

The Rosenberg Fellowship will be awarded to graduate students enrolled either part-time or full-time and who are pursuing either a master's or doctoral degree.

Robert Bone Memorial Creative Writing Award

Sponsored by Reunion: The Dallas Review, an interdisciplinary arts journal published by UTD students, the Bone Award is given annually to a graduate or undergraduate student based on a completed creative writing work.

Dennis M. Kratz Research Fund

To honor Dr. Dennis Kratz's 22 years of service as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Dennis M. Kratz Research Fund will support the research of undergraduate and graduate students in the school who demonstrate academic excellence and creative thought in their studies.

Nina and Thomas Lambert Scholarship/Fellowship

The Nina and Thomas Lambert Scholarship/Fellowship is open to any undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student in the School of Arts and Humanities. Students must demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. Recipient(s) may continue to receive the scholarship/fellowship until the completion of his/her first degree in the School of Arts and Humanities or up to five years, whichever comes first.

Robert S. Nelsen Scholarship in Creative Writing

In 2008, UT Dallas established the Robert S. Nelsen Scholarship in Creative Writing to honor former vice provost Robert Nelsen's decades of service to UT Dallas students and staff. This endowment will provide scholarship support for students enrolled in the School of Arts and Humanities. These funds will be used to provide a scholarship based on financial need or academic merit to a full-time or part-time School of Arts and Humanities degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient must have a dedication and passion for creative writing. Recipients of the scholarship will receive a biographical summary of Robert S. Nelsen.

Frank R. Rossiter Book Award

The Rossiter Book Award was established by the History faculty to honor outstanding academic achievement and scholarly accomplishment by undergraduate and graduate students in the History and History of Ideas Programs at the University of Texas at Dallas. The award is given alternatively to an undergraduate History graduating senior and either a History of Ideas PhD who has successfully defended his or her dissertation or a graduating History MA thesis student.

Victor L. Worsfold Grant Program

The Victor Worsfold Grant fund supports student-led service activities that benefit the UT Dallas, local, and/or global community. Named after long-time UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities faculty member Dr. Victor Worsfold, the grants are established by the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Alumni Association and are intended to fund projects that target the broad array of challenges that our communities face. Students can apply individually or in groups, and the grants are not limited to any one type of community work or discipline. Examples of projects include proposals to alleviate poverty, support education, or spread the arts.

The Richard Brettell Award in the Arts

The Richard Brettell Award in the Arts at UT Dallas, established in 2016 with a gift from Mrs. Margaret McDermott, recognizes the essential and fundamental role in the arts in the life of the university. The award honors an artist working in or between any of the broad spectrum of artistic endeavors, including the visual arts, music, literature, performance, and architecture/design. Given every other year, the award consists of a prize of $150,000 and a week's residence on the UT Dallas campus and in Dallas, during which the awardee will present a major public lecture and interact in a variety of venues with the students, staff and faculty of UT Dallas and with the larger arts community of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.