Texas Tech University

Special Opportunities

Dean's Graduate Research Grants in Visual & Performing Arts


The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts has a significant but finite sum of funding to support and stimulate graduate student research. As support for research, activities that are to be funded will relate to final projects required for the applicant's degree program since these constitute original creative/ research.

We envision applications from all graduate degree programs for such support as: (1) Student travel to professional meetings at which they present their own research results. (2) Expenses involved with shipping MFA art/design projects to peer-reviewed exhibitions. (3) Participant travel to peer-reviewed exhibitions if attendance at the event's opening is required. (4) Student travel (DMA students, for example) to professional performance venues essential to establishing creative/research reputations. (5) Student travel to competitive creative/research performance venues. (6) Student travel to archives, etc., to consult resources essential to final projects. (See additional required information.) (7) Student travel to consult persons whose expertise is important to final projects (e.g. interviewing). (See additional required information.) In order to realize completely the potential, students whose projects are supported by the college must seek matching funds, if eligible, via the Graduate School's Travel Funding program. The Graduate School requires materials at least 30 days in advance, so allow substantial lead time for the decision-making process. Should Graduate School funding be denied, applications can be re-submitted to the College with [1] clear indication of re-submission status, [2] documentation of denial, and [3] reasons for denial, if known.

Students whose projects are funded must present their projects to the public (see Follow-up Responsibility in Application Procedure.)

send completed applications to: tcvpa.deanapplications@ttu.edu

Don and Kay Cash Graduate Research Grants In Visual & Performing Arts

Program concluded:  See projects here.

Bertie Ketner Scholarships

Established in honor of former FADP student Bertie Ketner, these scholarships assist students in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program who have advanced to Candidacy and whose dissertations are interdisciplinary in nature, that is, they combine at least two of three Visual & Performing arts areas or one arts discipline with another such as history or English. No recipient of a Bertie Ketner scholarship may apply for a second of these one-time, dissertation-year awards.

A single Bertie Ketner Scholarship may be awarded annually to a project meeting the highest qualitative standards. These include holistic assessment of...

  • the likelihood of making unusually significant contributions to knowledge
  • the degree of synthetic interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity
  • amount & quality of coursework that supports extra-disciplinary aspects
  • related awards, honors, professional presentations
  • the degree of support stated in letters of recommendation
  • cumulative GPA
  • progress to date

 More Information About the Application Process

Berti Ketner