Student Funding Opportunities

Many funding opportunities exist for students in the School of Fine Arts.

For both the Marks Family Endowment and Zachs Award, students must submit an application that includes a project description and detailed budget.

Students applying for these two funds are strongly encouraged to attend a Grants Workshop offered by Dean Anne D'Alleva. This session will help students learn how to develop a project, write an effective proposal, and create an accurate budget. SFA students will receive an email invitation to these workshops.

Please note that recipients are required to submit a report assessing their projects upon completion. Failure to do so may affect recipients' eligibility for other awards and funding within the School of Fine Arts.

Sample Project Budget Proposal

Sample Application

Sample Outcome Report

School of Fine Arts Endowments, Grants, & Scholarships

Marks Family Endowment in Fine Arts

Deadline April 5, 2019

The Marks Family Endowment in Fine Arts enables School of Fine Arts undergraduate or graduate students, as part of their academic program, to perform, exhibit, or work in professional venues throughout the State of Connecticut.  In past years award amounts have ranged from $500 to $5,000.

This award will be given to a student, or group of students, who designs a unique program, exhibition, or performance plan to be presented at venues in the State of Connecticut. Individual faculty and/or Departments may work with students to develop these projects, or students may develop them independently. For example, a proposal could include involvement with a professional theatre, orchestra, opera company, art museum, or gallery. The proposals should be creative, imaginative, and broad-reaching. Special consideration will be given to those proposals that foster “real life” professional performance experience, professional support related projects or visual artistic work/exhibitions.

Complete an application form today.


Zachs Award

Deadline April 5, 2019

The 2019 Zachs Award is a $3000 award given to a School of Fine Arts undergraduate or graduate student for an artistic or educational project. The recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher. Candidates who have previously received the Zachs Award will not be eligible for a subsequent Zachs Award. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time for the Fall term in the school.

Complete an application form today.


University Wide Opportunities

UConn IDEA Grants: Imagine / Develop / Engage / Apply

UConn IDEA Grants of up to $4000 are available to support self-designed projects, including artistic products, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, creative endeavors and research projects. The Program is open to UConn undergraduates in all majors at all campuses, and applications are accepted from individuals and small groups. UConn IDEA Grant projects begin with an application, are developed during a period of planning, require a period of focused engagement, and end with public presentations.


OUR Supply Awards

OUR Supply Awards fund undergraduate researchers for up to $500 for research expenses. Students may use award funds to cover costs associated with their research projects, such as supplies and/or consumables in the laboratory or studio, printing and copying, or software. Students may not receive funds for living expenses during the academic year or for charges incurred for the UConn courses in which they are enrolled. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards are made until funds are exhausted. (In other words, apply early!)


SHARE Awards (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience)

The SHARE program supports undergraduate research apprenticeships in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers as an introduction to research in a chosen field and to develop the skills needed for further research projects. Applications are made in Fall Semester. During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1,500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.


SURF Awards (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund)

SURF awards support full-time undergraduate students who are engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a University of Connecticut faculty member. SURF awards are available to students in all majors at all UConn campuses. The deadline is early in the spring semester; awards are made for the summer. The maximum total amount awarded for SURF awards is $4,000 ($3,500 stipend for the student researcher and up to $500 for consumables associated with the project).