Graduate Tuition and Financial Assistance
The cost of living in Binghamton, NY is relatively low compared to large cities and many other areas in the USA, as you can see for yourself with any internet cost-of-living calculator. Information on the cost of attending Binghamton University may be found on the Student Accounts Costs of Attending page. For part-time tuition and fees, please check the Student Accounts Rates Table (.pdf, 73KB). Our stipends for assistantships and fellowships are quite competitive when compared using a cost-of-living calculator.
The Art History Graduate Committee awards teaching assistantships only once a year by April 15th, although in practice these awards are announced earlier. A Teaching Assistant (TA) may serve as a discussion section leader for a large survey course, design and teach his or her own course, or be given another type of assignment. This award includes a full tuition scholarship and health insurance. The department also nominates individuals for the Clifford D. Clark Graduate Diversity Fellowships (for under-represented minorities) and Dissertation Year Fellowships.
In addition, the department assists students applying for external fellowships, and on average, each year some students are supported in this manner. U.S. Citizens may also be eligible for student loans and campus employment. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.
Barbara Abou-El-Haj Graduate Research Award
The Art History Department at Binghamton University is pleased to offer the Barbara Abou-El-Haj Graduate Research Award. This award is designed to give graduate students in art history the opportunity to conduct research on their dissertation projects in archives, libraries, museums, and field sites around the world. The award recognizes that promising research projects often require travel and work with original sources (such as records, documents, manuscripts, or visual material), artworks (such as artifacts in situ or museum objects), or built environments.
Applicants must be enrolled in the PhD program in the history and theory of art and architecture at Binghamton University and must be ABD at the time of dispersal of the award, which must occur before the end of the following academic year. Applicants should submit a research statement (3 to 4 pages in length) that details the archives, libraries, museums, and/or field sites to be visited and the budget required for the research trip. The maximum award will be $4000. Applications will be solicited in March of every year.
This award is named for Professor Barbara Abou-El-Haj, who retired in 2014 after almost thirty years of service to the Department of Art History. Throughout her time at Binghamton, Professor Abou-El-Haj was a committed teacher, dedicated mentor and nurturing advisor to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. She continues to inspire students to ask deep, probing, and unconventional questions about the political struggles that underpin the production and consumption of art and architecture. It is in this spirit that we offer this award in her name.