GS Grants

Open to all current graduate students in good academic standing, Graduate Studies|Grants offers funding of between $3,000 and $5,000 to winning proposals for pursuing new or developing work. Unlike awards for completed work, GS|Grants reward ongoing exploration and facilitate emerging and prospective work. 

For students not yet in their final year of study, these grants may provide financial support for thesis development or another body of research and production. For recipients in the final year of a degree program, a GS|Grant may offer post-graduate support at a significant transitional time. 

The number of GS|Grants awarded in each category is proportional to the final number of applications submitted in each of three categories: Architecture, Design and Fine Arts. Each year three guest jurors from beyond RISD – well-known professionals within each grant category – thoroughly review GS|Grant proposals in order to select recipients. 

Proposals are reviewed once a year and students may apply individually or in collaboration with other graduate students. 

Contact Graduate Studies for an application form and more information about submitting proposals. 

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Students present both 2D and 3D work at the annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition