Artist Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships help artists achieve greater success by providing the support and mentorship needed to maintain a sustainable practice and navigate the industry.

Current Opportunities

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Painters, sculptors, printmakers, and artists who have been working for at least 20 years in a mature phase of their work, and can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Amount: Varies depending on personal need, usually $25,000.

Deadline: December

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program provides training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. The program aims to make a critical impact on American art museums by expanding the diversity of their curatorial staff and developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. The program is being implemented at six partner institutions.

Art Institute of Chicago
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Applicants should express an interest in art, art history, or the museum field. In addition to having a strong academic record, applicants should be able to demonstrate, through areas of study, extracurricular activities, background, or other experiences, how they will contribute to the program.

Amount: Fellows receive a yearly stipend of $10,000.

Deadline: Rolling deadline depending on Museum chosen.

Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council supports living costs and international travel for students participating in graduate degree programs relating to the visual and performing arts.

Deadline: Fall

Amount: Travel and living expenses

Awesome Foundation

A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but must include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects.

Amount: $1000

Deadline: Rolling

Center For Engaging Visual Artists

The Visual Artist Fellowship is designed to help artists in the Philadelphia Region reach new levels in their career. Artists will be asked to demonstrate a vision for the next stage of their professional or artistic practice and a clear plan for CFEVA’s proposed role in reaching it. Artists will be selected by an independent Board of Artistic Advisors based on the merit of their artwork and a demonstrated ability to reach stated goals. Four artists will be selected to receive a full range of career support during the two-year Fellowship period. All artists are encouraged to apply with their current needs and ideas, regardless of their status as emerging, mid-career, or established. Artists within 150 miles of Philadelphia are eligible to apply.

Deadline: January with a $35.00 fee.

Amount: $1,000 award and up to $3,000 to cover expenses related to the proposed activity.

Clark Art Fellowship

The Clark offers various opportunities for promising scholars with the aim of fostering a critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of art and visual culture to provide an opportunity for sustained research for fellows, outside of their usual professional obligations, the Clark encourages them to participate in a variety of collaborative and public discussions on diverse art historical topics as well as on larger questions and motivations that shape the practice of art history. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or demonstrate equivalent professional experience.

Amount: Maximum amount of $30,000, as well as travel to and from the Clark, will be reimbursed for the scholar and an accompanying family member.

Deadline: October 15, 2018 

Fulbright Program

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. 

Deadline: August

Amount: Varies

Kinley Memorial Fellowship

The fellowships are to be used by the recipients toward defraying the expenses of advanced study in the United States or abroad. The fellowships are open to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to graduates of similar institutions of equal educational standing whose principal or major studies have been in the fields of art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theater, and urban and regional planning.

Deadline: Winter

Amount: up to $20,000

Leonard A. Lauder Fellowship in the MET

Amount: The stipend amount for one year is $45,000 for predoctoral fellows and $55,000 for postdoctoral fellows. During the fellowship period and at the Museum's discretion, Leonard A. Lauder Fellows will be eligible to receive one or more travel stipends.

Deadline: November

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.

Deadline: Fall

Amount: tuition, housing, books, travel expenses

Philadelphia Museum of Art Fellowships

Through the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barra Foundation and the Center for American Art sponsor a two-year graduate fellowship in the Department of American Art. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for the following academic year. The Barra American Art Fellow works full-time (35 hours per week): four days a week assisting with department research and exhibition projects and one day a week on personal research, writing, or travel.

Amount: $40,000 and additional research and travel funds

The Philadelphia Museum of Art also offers summer fellowships through the Center for American Art which sponsors two graduate fellowships each summer that enable students to develop curatorial experience while contributing to the Department of American Art’s collection research and exhibition preparation. Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) for ten weeks between June 1 and August 30.

Amount: $4,000

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Directed towards funding sculptors, painters, printmakers, and artists who are focused on working on paper. Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need, who are actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.
Amount: Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance.

Deadline: Rolling

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Deadline: Fall

Amount: Contact the Rhodes Scholarship program for details

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