Tuition & Fellowships
Tuition covers the cost of the course, including all collections studies, guest lectures, and several group lunches and dinners with speakers, and dormitory accommodations at Salem College. The tuition also includes lodging on the study trip, bus transportation, admission fees, and many meals during the study trip. Full tuition for the 2019 Summer Institute is $4,500.00. Single room supplements for both dormitory and trip accommodations are available.
A significant number of fellowships are available to qualified applicants and can cover up to the entire cost of attending the MESDA Summer Institute. In addition to Frank L. Horton Fellowships, the following special fellowships are available:
William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Fellowship
This fellowship supports the study of Southern ceramics by providing a student or museum professional full tuition to the MESDA Summer Institute. The Mariner Fellow is expected to select a ceramics related research project. Special preference will be given to scholars and students with long term projects that are likely to result in theses, dissertations, publications, or exhibitions.
The Mills Lane Architectural Fellowship
This fellowship supports the study of Southern architecture by providing a student or museum professional with full tuition to the MESDA Summer Institute. The Mills Lane Fellow is expected to select an architecture related research project. Special preference will be given to scholars and students with long term projects that are likely to result in theses, dissertations, publications, or exhibitions.
The Decorative Arts Trust Continuing Education Fellowship
This fellowship supports a student or emerging museum professional in the field of the decorative arts with full tuition for the MESDA Summer Institute. During the program, the Decorative Arts Trust Scholar is expected to provide updates that can be used for the Trust’s social media platforms. Following the completion of their time at MESDA, the fellow must write a brief (500-word) essay reflecting on their experience for publication in the Trust’s online and print publications as well as share his or her research paper with the Trust.
During the Summer Institute students live on the campus of Salem College, located in the heart of historic Old Salem Museums and Gardens. The dormitory includes a common living room, kitchen, and laundry facilities. The dormitory is a short walk from the center of Institute activity at The Frank L. Horton Museum Center. Most rooms are double occupancy; for those who desire a single room a supplement is available.