Fine and Performing Arts
The fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college in the United States. A minimum of ten (10) fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. Students who have manifested exceptional ability and serious purpose in any discipline are eligible to apply. Special consideration is given to students in humanities fields.
The Ertegun scholarships cover 100% of university fees and a grant for living costs for one-year and two-year full-time Master’s degrees and for three-year doctoral degrees at Oxford. Candidates can apply to start a new graduate course at Oxford in fields covered by the following faculties: Classics (including classical archaeology); English Language and Literature; Fine Art (except Studio Art), History (including history of art and the history of architecture); Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and their literature); Music; Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of a wide range of languages); Philosophy; and Theology. May not be held in conjunction with any other awards. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply.
NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides one-year grants for international graduate study, individually-designed research or creative projects, or English Teaching Assistantships in o ne of 140+ countries. Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent undergraduate alumni, or graduate students. There are also specialty grants in a variety of areas.
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund offers graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine,engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). It also funds independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the US and publications focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.
The Sitka Fellows Program is a multidisciplinary group residency program on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus in Sitka, AK, for emerging artists, activists, and thinkers under the age of 30. The program offers a chance for passionate individuals to immerse themselves in their work alongside people from different backgrounds and disciplines.
A good option for writers (including playwrights) is a writing residency. The most prestigious include Yaddo, McDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Colony for the Arts, and Hedgebrook, but there are many others. A residency gives you room and board usually for up to six weeks – time to write. They will sometimes pay travel, too. Typically you get a room and a studio, and they bring you lunch and serve a communal dinner.
Most states offer small grants to artists and writers through state arts commissions. Consider looking into your state’s grant structure. Some cities or other localities also offer grants.
Writing contests exist for both individual pieces and books, particularly first books. Consider what presses or journals may be right for your work and begin thinking where you might be able to send your work in the next year or two, particularly once you have finished a book-length thesis.
NEA Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.
The Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University provides 10 two-year professional fellowships annually: 5 fellowships in fiction writing and 5 fellowships in poetry writing. Fellows meet weekly in a 3 hour class with teachers, but do not need to meet any curricular demands except for attending workshops. The Fellowship does not offer a degree. Candidates must demonstrate the quality of their creative work, their willingness to develop their skills, and their capacity to expand their expertise. Fellowships receive a stipend of $26,000 annually and Stanford University pays educational costs and medical health insurance.
The Bard Fiction Prize was created to inspire and assist fledgling fiction writers to strive for their artistic goals and offer a vibrant, creative atmosphere in an academic setting. Each year one fellowship is awarded to a promising, emerging American writer. In addition to a $30,000 stipend, the winning Fellow receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. Fellows must give at least one public lecture during their fellowship. Candidates must be US citizens with a published book or novel.
The Milton Fellowship is a 9-month opportunity for Christian writers to complete their first book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction at Seattle Pacific University sponsored by Image Journal. Each fellow will be matched up with a literary mentor to act as an occasional consultant on their book project. Fellows receive free accommodation and a $500 monthly stipend for their time with us, as well as health and dental coverage. Applicants must be US citizens or residents and possess an M.A. in English Literature, Creative Writing, or the humanities, or an MFA in Creative Writing.
Posen Society of Fellows is a unique international fellowship for junior scholars and emerging fiction writers. Each member of the Posen Society of Fellows receives a two-year, $40,000 award, as well as a special opportunity to collaborate with peers and learn from seasoned scholars and writers. Eligible scholars should be completing a doctoral dissertation on a topic related to modern Jewish history or culture. Eligible fiction writers should be working on a Jewish-themed novel or short story collection, and should not yet have published their first book. The Posen Society of Fellows is not restricted to any religion or nationality.
Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, published of Poetry Magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry. Applicants must be U.S. citizens between 21 – 31 years of age at the time of application.
The Steinbeck Fellowship Program is a one-year fellowship for emerging writers of any age and background to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU. The fellowship provides a stipend of $10,000, the opportunity to interact with other writers, faculty and graduate students, and share work in progress by giving a public reading once each semester during the fellowship. Residency in the San José, CA area is required. The fellowship is for creative writers, including fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Applications in poetry will not be accepted.
The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship based in Los Angeles that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. The 7-month fellowship from January to July includes professional mentorship, classes at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, access to Author Evenings and Master classes, a 25-hour volunteer project, voice instruction class, and public readings. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend. Applicants need not be published, but the fellowship is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.
The Associates of the Boston Public Library sponsors a Children’s Writer-in-Residence program annually. The program is intended to provide an emerging children’s writer with the financial support and office space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults. The Children’s Writer-in-Residence receives a $20,000 stipend and office space at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square. He or she must work a minimum of 19 hours per week at the BPL during the nine-month residency (September – May). Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry, intended for children or young adults.
The Bellagio Residency program in Italy offers researchers in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and other academic disciplines a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work. Residencies last between 2-4 weeks. The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with the Foundation’s work to expand opportunities and to strengthen resilience for poor or vulnerable people, in particular projects relevant to the Foundation’s core issue areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. Room and board are provided to all residents and their spouses/partners.
Columbus State University sponsors the annual Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers, which provides a talented writer with a 3-month residency in a spacious private apartment inside the historical Carson Smith-McCullers House, in Columbus, GA. The fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend to cover transportation, food and other expenses. Fellowship recipients are required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. Fellows work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency.
The fellowships are awarded annually to three incoming MFA Creative Writing and Poetics students (residency program) at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.7 GPA while attending Naropa. The recipients will receive full funding (tuition and fees), plus an additional $5,000 scholarship as well as a $3,000 stipend as compensation for duties performed as a requirement of the fellowships. Fellowship recipients are trained in pedagogy and have an opportunity to teach college-level writing or work in the Naropa Writing Center.
The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 24 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of 6-8 weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the U.S.
The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency in Italy is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement. The Center typically offers stays of 2-4 weeks long, in a community of 15 fellows that typically includes 3-5 arts resident fellows. Artists of significant achievement from any country are welcome to apply.
Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome, Italy for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of 6-month and 11-month fellowships receive stipends of $14,000 and $26,000, respectively.
The Hodson-Brown Fellowship supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. The fellowship award supports two months of research and two months of writing. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges.
The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts”; they are selected more “for promise than for performance.” Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own field. Provides a stipend of $75K. Open to all citizenships.
Applications from published writers and established scholars are welcome. Applicants should have a significant book-length project currently in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. The fellowship includes a $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency.
The Swann Foundation seeks to award one fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $15,000) to assist the fellow in his/her ongoing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon. To be eligible, one must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in an accredited graduate program in a university in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, or be engaged in postgraduate research within 3 years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D. Individuals who are not U.S. residents but who otherwise meet the above academic qualifications may also apply and be considered for a fellowship, contingent upon the applicant’s visa eligibility.
AIIS Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
The Fulbright Commission American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London is a three-week cultural and academic program for US college freshman and sophomores. This program focuses on both acting and understanding Shakespeare texts. Students’ studies are supplemented by workshops focusing on combat and swordplay, movement, dance, and design. Students will also have the opportunity to watch performances and take part in a question and answer session with the Globe actors. Travel expenses, tuition and fees and food and lodging are provided.
The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship selects one promising choreographer to create a world premiere work for the BalletX Company. Fellows receive a $5,000 choreographic fee to create a 20-25 minute ensemble ballet for the company’s 10 dancers; round-trip transportation to Philadelphia; budget of $7,000 for costumes, scenic design, and music (original composition or rights); and a minimum of 6 performances of the work at a Philadelphia theater. To be eligible, applicants must have completed their first commission on a professional dance company within the past 5 years and be able to work in the U.S. for the duration of the residency.
Each year, the Folger Institute in Washington, DC awards approximately five long-term and 45 short-term fellowships. Long-term fellowships support scholars in residence for six to nine months with a monthly stipend of $5,555. Short-term fellowships support scholars in residence for one to three months with a monthly stipend of $2,500. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for either fellowship. The Folger has now opened its short-term fellowships to members of the performing arts community, as well as scholars working in archives, museums, and libraries.
The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts”; they are selected more “for promise than for performance.” Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a book or have similar achievements in their own field. Provide a stipend of $75K. Open to all citizenships.
The Hodson-Brown Fellowship supports work by academics, independent scholars, and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. The fellowship award supports two months of research and two months of writing. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges.
The Global Fellowship Program provides access to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals to emerging and mid-career leaders. Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the New York ISPA Congress where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world’s most significant arts organizations, increase their industry knowledge and resources through educational opportunities, and share their experience with their communities. The ISPA accepts applications from all over the world with priority given to developing economies. ISPA membership and travel allowance are included in fellowship.
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship awards up to $20,000 to individual practicing Native artists who are making a significant impact in their discipline in one of the following categories: Traditional Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Artist Innovation or Literature. Eligible applicants will be Native artists who both reside in the U.S. and are enrolled citizens of a U.S. federally or state recognized American Indian Nation, Alaska Native Corporation or with other documentation of Native Hawaiian ancestry.
The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral and independent research. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to 4 weeks and researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of 2 weeks between July and June. Support on-site research in the Library’s special collections for projects in the humanities including art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts and photography. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
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