15 Fellowships for Emerging and Early Career Artists

Jun 13, 2018

Are you an artist passionate about taking your work to the next level? These fellowships offer various opportunities — imagine teaching at Princeton, residing in an artist colony in New England, or working at the Smithsonian museums — that will allow you to do just that! Whether you specialize in visual arts, music composition, writing, film, or any other form of art, these fellowships will give you time to expand your portfolio in whole new ways.

If one of these fellowships catches your eye, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship Program

The Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship Program awards fellowships each year to qualified and talented artists in music, dance, theatre, literature, media and/or the visual arts. Artists will receive a monetary award of $3,500 to purchase supplies and cover other costs as they develop their project. Professional development and growth opportunities will also be provided throughout the 1-year fellowship. The fellowship program seeks to introduce and provide experiences, connections, and relationships with professional arts institutions and professional artists in central Indiana. Artists must have 1-3 years of experience in their field.

Kresge Artist Fellowship

Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support for Kresge Artists Fellowships annually, each consisting of a $25,000 award and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists in the dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts and visual arts. The Kresge Artists Fellowships are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. Fellowship applications are accepted by artists who are current legal residents of the metropolitan Detroit tri-county area (Macomb, Oakland or Wayne counties) in Michigan.

Blau-Gold Studio/Teaching Fellowship

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in the San Francisco’s Mid-Market/SOMA district. Root Division’s mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. The Fellowship, named for Ms. Darwin’s late mother, Emmy Blau- Gold, is designed to support an emerging artist for one year by providing free studio space and a monetary stipend. The fellow will act as Resident Teaching Artist in one of our partner school sites (grades K-8).

MacDowell Colony Fellowship

The MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. Each year about 300 Fellowships, or residencies, are awarded to artists in seven disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. MacDowell encourages applications from emerging and established artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. Enrolled students are ineligible.

NXTHVN Studio and Curatorial Fellowships

NXTHVN invites early-career artists and curators to participate in a 10-week fellowship program. The program focuses on mentorship, professional development, and cultivating individual artists’ skills in a collaborative environment. Fellows are also paired with a local high school student to mentor in either studio arts or curation. Fellows receive a stipend and 24-hour access to studio space, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. At the end of the fellowship year, artists, curators, and their apprentices will showcase their work at a local gallery.

Artist Trust Fellowship

Artist Trust Fellowships are designed to recognize artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline and potential for further professional development. Approximately 16 fellowships of $7,500 are awarded each year: Music, Media, Literary and Craft disciplines are awarded in even-numbered years and Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary, Performing, Visual and Traditional & Folk Arts in odd-numbered years. Applicants must be a practicing artist, 18 years of age or older by application deadline date, a generative artist, and a resident of Washington State at the time of application and when the award is granted.

Maine Artist Fellowship

Maine Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are informed by the applicant’s work as documented through materials included in the application. Artists in literary, performing, traditional and visual arts, as well as film and crafts, are invited to apply. Applicants must currently reside in Maine and be 25 years of age or over at the time of the application deadline. The award is for $5,000 and can be used at the artist’s discretion to cover living expenses or project costs.

Kala Fellowship

The Kala Fellowship award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Kala will award eight artists a $3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, CA. The award is geared towards supporting artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Kala’s specialized equipment in printmaking and digital media.

Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques and will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors. Applicants may submit proposals for grants to 1-3 foreign countries.

QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists

The Queens Museum (QM) is open to emerging visual artists who live in the five boroughs of New York City. Fellows receive $20,000, individual studio space at the Queens Museum, professional development consultations, and close mentorship from QM staff members working toward an artist’s project. At the end of the year-long fellowship, artists have the opportunity to display their projects with an exhibit at the Queens Museum.

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) LIFT Fellowship

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation LIFT Fellowship provides early-career Native artists with support to develop new projects and launch their careers. LIFT offers one-year $10,000 awards to individual, practicing Native artists in a variety of fields, including traditional arts, music, visual arts, performing arts, or screenwriting. 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.

Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation awards one Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence of $10,000. The aim of the program is to support an outstanding early-career visual artist, working in some area related to plants, gardens, and landscapes, who wishes to further his/her career through a dedicated period of focused activity on their artistic work. The fellowship will be a two-month long fellowship, with at least two weeks and up to two months of that time being spent working on-site at Oak Spring. Applicants must hold an MFA in visual arts and have a well-developed portfolio to apply.

Princeton Arts Fellowships

Princeton Arts Fellowships will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early career poets, novelists, choreographers, playwrights, designers, performers, directors, filmmakers, composers, and performance artists. Princeton Arts Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University and formal teaching is expected. An $ 80,000-a-year stipend is provided. Open to all citizens.

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) program was launched in 2007 to provide outstanding visual artists from across the world a unique opportunity to work with Smithsonian museums, research sites, collections, and scholars, so they may conduct research that inspires new artwork. SARF Fellows spend 1-2 months in residence at the Smithsonian immersed in its unparalleled collections and multidisciplinary scholarly expertise, building connections between art, science, history, and culture. SARF fellowships are explicitly for artist research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork. You must be nominated to apply.

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