Scholarships & Tuition

At IDSVA we know the importance of personal finances, especially when it comes to pursuing a PhD in philosophy. 

We offer generous scholarships. And we award teaching assistantships and fellowships.

Scholarships & Tuition

IDSVA Students on Residency in Aix-en-Provence, June 2016.

IDSVA Students on Residency in Aix-en-Provence, June 2016.

How can I pay for IDSVA?

At IDSVA we know the importance of personal finances, especially when it comes to pursuing a PhD in philosophy. 

We offer generous scholarships. And we award teaching assistantships and fellowships.

Plus our low-residency format allows IDSVA students to keep their job while working on the degree.

IDSVA students also qualify for Federally Guaranteed Student Loans that can help with tuition and the cost of living.

And when you graduate from IDSVA and it’s time to start paying back your student loan, we can show you how to set up a monthly payment plan that never exceeds your ability to pay. 

That means your student loan payments won’t be a burden on your monthly income.

IDSVA can make the economics of a world-class PhD work for you!

Contact us at finaid@idsva.edu, or by phone at 800-240-7357.


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“IDSVA's generous financial support made it possible for me to get through the program on a meagre adjunct salary. These days I'm known as Dr. Nil Santana, Associate Professor, Abilene Christian University, and I'm an Adobe Education Leader! THANK YOU IDSVA!”


IDSVA Scholarships

Eighty percent of IDSVA students receive a scholarship, based on a combination of need and merit. All admitted candidates who complete the FAFSA are considered for a scholarship award. Admitted candidates are notified of a scholarship award 1-2 weeks after the letter of admission. 

If you would like to be considered for an IDSVA scholarship, you should submit the FAFSA at the same time as the rest of your application. Go to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enter the IDSVA school code: G41888.


Outside Scholarships

Other scholarship and grant support may come from businesses, foundations, and community/religious groups. Check to see if your undergraduate and graduate alumni associations provide continuing education scholarships to their graduates and the financial aid offices might have an external scholarship database you can access.

We have compiled a short list of scholarships, grants and fellowships you may be eligible for here.

Veterans Benefits

IDSVA is approved for the use of the GI Bill benefits. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S government website.



Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships

In conferral with the Core Faculty, the Director of the School appoints TAs and awards writing fellowships, teaching fellowships, and post-doctoral fellowships. TA Appointments and awards are given to students on the basis of need and funding support. TAs are given to 2nd and 3rd year students, while Fellowships are awarded to those that are in their 3rd year and beyond. Modest stipends are granted to IDSVA Fellows and TAs, usually in the range of $2,000 for Fellows and $1,500 for TAs, per course. 



David Driskell Fellowship

David C. Driskell, 2017. Image Courtesy of Down East Magazine

David C. Driskell, 2017. Image Courtesy of Down East Magazine

IDSVA awards one David Driskell Fellowship with each incoming cohort. Driskell Fellows are students of color who show promise in carrying forward David Driskell's mission to encourage worldwide community and equality through art. Driskell Fellowships include a $45,000 tuition scholarship, disbursed in $15,000 increments over the three-year course of study.

David Driskell was elected to the National Academy in 2000 and honored at the University of Maryland by the establishment of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora in 2001. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018.

A member of the IDSVA Visiting Faculty since 2007, Dr. Driskell was awarded an IDSVA Honorary Doctorate in 2009 in recognition of his lifelong career as an artist, scholar, and world leading spiritual philanthropist. 

 

For more information contact:

finaid@idsva.edu
800-240-7357


IDSVA: The World-Class Low-Residency PhD in Visual Arts