Tuition & Fellowships

Tuition covers the cost of the course including dormitory accommodations at Salem College. The tuition also includes lodging, bus transportation, admission fees, and many meals during the study trip. Full tuition for the 2020 Summer Institute is $5,000. Single room supplements for the trip accommodations are available.

Fellowships

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 and produce an exceptional public presentation and written paper.  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 and produce an exceptional public presentation and written paper.  Special preference will be given to scholars and students with long term projects that are likely to result in theses, dissertations, publications, or exhibitions.

William C. and Susan S. Mariner Fellowship for Emerging Museum Professionals

This fellowship, sponsored by The Decorative Arts Trust, supports an emerging museum professional in the field of the decorative arts with full tuition for the MESDA Summer Institute.  In addition to an exceptional public presentation and written paper, this student is expected to provide updates that can be used for the Decorative Arts 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 Decorative Arts Trust’s online and print publications as well as share his or her research paper with the Trust.