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GradForum Welcome Handbook for New Students

This Google Doc contains helpful information for new (and continuing!) students on transitioning to life at UW-Madison and the city of Madison.


1) Sources of funding for Grad Students in the Department of Art History

1) Departmental:
PAships/TAships
201 and 202 TAs
Slideroom PA
Chipstone PA
Chipstone Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow
Kohler PA
Invidivual Prof. PAs
Visual Culture Center PA

All students whether guaranteed or not must apply
Application Due March 1 (see grad handbook for application instructions)

Departmental Travel Funds:
Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad
Travel Funds (Shirley and Willard Fritz Mueller Art History Graduate Student Travel, Margaret Davison Shorger Fellowship)

Departmental Awards:
The department is able to award full/partial support for graduate student activities including, but not limited to, travel for research and/or scholarly paper presentations.

2) University Funding (see Graduate Student Funding)

University Fellow (only at application)
AOF (only at application)
University Dissertator
Vilas Travel Grant
Graduate Student International Field Research Award

3) National Funding, facilitated through the University (International Institute Fellowship Office):
FLAS (summer or year)
Fulbright
Boren


On Campus Funding Resources:

Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources
Grants Information Center
Writing Center


Tips on Grant Proposals

Writing proposals is a real art. You need to be succinct but thorough. You need to demonstrate your project is important but also that others haven’t recognized that. You have to foreground your contribution while paying homage to others. You have to indicate the kind of evidence you will use but in a sentence or less. All this makes it really challenging! Thinking of it as “selling” your project is important, but it also is more than a sales pitch. It has to have real content, or otherwise it will look superficial.

Guidelines for Writing a Strong Proposal

1) State clearly your project title at the outset
2) Use your first paragraph to engage reader and indicate the broader ramifications of your work, why it is important and interesting
3) Indicate how your work departs from or builds on previous scholarship;
4) Give a clear outline of chapters in your work;
5) Indicate the time frame for completion of the work — fellowship committees like to support work that they sense is nearing completion or at least that candidate has a clear plan and will accomplish something concrete.


Museums and Galleries:

Members of Art History GradForum are active in curating exhibitions in, and utilizing the resources of, Madison’s many art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. UW Madison students have also been successful in curating shows at many institutions within driving distance of Madison, especially Milwaukee (1 hour), Chicago (2.5 hours) and Minneapolis (4.5 hours). Click below for a list of galleries and institutions in Madison and the surrounding area.

CHAZEN MUSEUM OF ART
800 University Avenue

MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
211 State Street

OVERTURE CENTER GALLERIES
201 State Street

WISCONSIN ACADEMY - JAMES WATROUS GALLERY
201 State Street

WISCONSIN ACADEMY - STEENBOCK GALLERY
1922 University Avenue

WISCONSIN UNION GALLERIES
800 Langdon Street

TANDEM PRESS
201 South Dickinson Street

WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
30 N Carroll Street

DERICCI GALLERY, EDGEWOOD COLLEGE
1000 Edgewood College Drive