Graduate Scholarship

Programs involving international travel are currently not currently receiving applications. Please refer back to the Fellowship & Grants page for any updates or new opportunities.

In addition to the general eligibility guidelines described on the Fellowships & Grants page, the following guidelines are currently in effect for this program:

Length: One year + opportunity to renew
Funding Period: On hold
Who: Artists, humanities scholars, arts professionals pursuing graduate-level degrees
Eligible Fields: Eligible fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S. only
Applications invited from: Varies by application cycle
Support Services: General support as needed

ACC gives a small number of scholarships each year to students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program in the U.S. in an eligible field. This funding may be used for travel and living expenses, but it will not be sufficient to cover full tuition costs. Applicants who have not yet received an admissions offer are welcome to apply, but ACC must receive proof of admission before funding can be awarded. Priority is given to applicants who choose to study abroad because comparable programs are not available in their home country, and to those working in fields that are underrepresented in their home country. By enabling access to academic training for international students, ACC aims to contribute to the diversification of scholarly narratives and critical discourse.

Although funding is only awarded for one year at a time, recipients may reapply in successive years and are likely to receive renewed support if they remain a student in good standing.

ACC staff are available to offer guidance and support as needed to fill in gaps in university student services. Graduate scholarship recipients are also invited to participate in ACC’s broader community whenever possible, both during and after the period of funding.

Support may include:

  • Opportunities to engage with the community of current ACC fellows and graduate students and the alumni network
  • Personal introductions to relevant contacts within ACC’s network of alumni and partners throughout Asia and the U.S.
  • Help accessing information related to living and studying in the U.S.

To be selected, applicants must:

  • Show a track record of artistic, scholarly, or professional excellence and potential for continued growth
  • Be positioned to use their education to influence a larger community or field
  • Represent an artistic practice, profession, or field of scholarship that is underserved by graduate programs or underrepresented in their home country
  • Apply to graduate programs independently and send ACC proof of acceptance as soon as possible

Once selected, graduate scholarship recipients are expected to:

  • Matriculate or continue in a degree-granting graduate program during the funding period described above

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Degree programs in education are not eligible, even if the focus is arts-related 
  • Commercial degree programs, and applicants with a commercial arts background, are not eligible 
  • ACC cannot recommend specific graduate programs or help prospective students with their applications to graduate school

Refer to the Fellowships & Grants page for an explanation of the allowable use of funds and other general information. Frequently asked questions are answered in the FAQ.