Ethnic and Minority


PROGRAM : The Independent Study Program (ISP) consists of four interrelated parts: Studio Program, Curatorial Program, Critical Studies Program, and Architecture and Urban Studies Program. The ISP provides a setting within which students pursuing art practice, curatorial work, art historical and architectural scholarship, and critical writing engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of artistic production. The program encourages the theoretical and critical study of the practices, institutions, and discourses that constitute the field of culture.

Each year twelve students are selected to participate in the Studio Program, four in the Curatorial Program, six in the Critical Studies Program, and five in the Architecture and Urban Studies Program. The ten students participating in the Curatorial and Critical Studies Programs each year are designated as Helena Rubinstein Fellows in recognition of the substantial support provided by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation. The program begins in early September and concludes at the end of the following May.

Many of the participants are enrolled at universities and art schools and receive academic credit for their participation, while others have recently completed their formal studies.

Architecture and Urban Studies Program in collaboration with the Cooper Union School of Architecture
Architecture and Urban Studies participants are engaged in the critical study of architecture, the city, and the public sphere. They pursue individual scholarly research or architecture and urban design projects, presenting their work at the end-of-year exhibition.


 Independent Study Program (ISP)
 The Whitney Museum of American Art
 Tel: (212) 431-1737



  • American Political Science Association Minority Fellows Program (APSA): The APSA Minority Fellows Program was established in 1969 as an effort to increase the number of minority scholars in Political Science. This year, the Association has refocused and increased its efforts to assist minority students in completing their doctorates by concentrating not only on the recruitment of minorities, but also on the retention of these groups within the profession.

  • Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation established the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at Howard University to honor the legacy of Barbara Jordan. During the 9-week internship, the Barbara Jordan Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works.

  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities: Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs. This is a three-year Fellowship award. Sixty Fellowships are granted, with stipends of $17,000.

  • National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellowships for Minorities: The NPSC offers a unique Ph.D.-track graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields at Any participating NPSC Member University or College. It is open to all eligible students (U. S. Citizens only) with emphasis on historically underrepresented minorities and women. The overall value of an NPSC fellowship exceeds $200,000, the exact amount depending on the university attended. This includes the stipend for 6 years, an internship salary for two years, and the cost of 6 years of tuition and fees.

  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minorities: The scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. A scholarship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment. For more information, please visit the website.

  • UNCF - Merck Science Initiative Undergraduate Awards: The College Fund/UNCF and The Merck Company Foundation have established scholarship awards for outstanding African American students pursuing studies and careers in the field of biomedical research. At least 15 Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made annually. Each award includes a scholarship of up to a maximum of $25,000 and two 10-12 week summer research internships with combined stipends of at least $10,000. As the scholarship award is intended to support the award recipient's tuition, room and board, and billable fees, no part of the award may be used for indirect costs.







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