9 Fellowships for Designers of Any Career Level

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If you are a designer, have a look at these fellowship opportunities based all over the world! There are programs for recent graduates, mid-career professionals, and established scholars and professionals. If one of them looks like a great fit for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

American Academy in Rome Prize

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome, Italy for five months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with a private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of half-term and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively. Winners of the Two-Year fellowships receive $28,000 annually.

Black Utopian Fellowship

The Black Utopian Fellowship is a year-long Fellowship for Black artists, researchers, scientists, and inventors, with career development and mentorship through a connection with Black-run institutions. The intent of the Black Utopian Fellowship is to share resources and support social engagement, educational programming, and revitalization of communal hubs.  Accepting proposals for projects in New York City that are direct instances of Research, Health, Design, and Social interest in regards to Black Futures. The Black Utopian Fellow is supported for one full year.

Creative Capital Awards

Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking organization with an open application process that supports individual artists across all disciplines. Creative Capital makes a multi-year commitment to its grantees, providing them with tailored financial and advisory support to enable their project’s success while building their capacity to sustain their careers. Our grants are valued at up to $90,000. For each project, we offer up to $50,000 in award monies (direct funding) and an additional suite of career development services valued at $40,000. Applicants must be over 25 and have at least 5 years of work experience.

Impact WRKSHP: Design Fellowship

Impact Wrkshp is a unique 12-week summer fellowship for women in design. The fellowship connects interdisciplinary design students with a local K-12 school and provides them with the tools, training, and mentorship to bring a design project to life within that school.  Applicants must be female students or recent graduates of design programs in interior design, architecture, exhibition design, product design, furniture design, or graphic design. Applicants must be available to meet in Jersey City, New Jersey for 3 hours 2-3 days a week for the full fellowship cycle. In addition to covering all project-related material + fabrication expenses, Impact Wrkshp awards each fellowship recipient with a monetary stipend.

KPCB Fellows Program

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Fellows Program is a 3-month work-based program that pairs top U.S. students interested in design, engineering and product management with innovative startup companies in Silicon Valley. Over the course of a summer, Fellows are employed at our portfolio companies, where they can develop their technical skills and be mentored by an engineering executive within the company. Fellows are also be invited to attend private events held by KPCB and by portfolio companies, where they can meet other talented engineering students, network with technology luminaries and explore the San Francisco Bay Area.

Loeb Fellowship

Loeb Fellows represent the broadest spectrum of accomplished practitioners who are influential in shaping the built and natural environment and whose work advances positive social outcomes. Loeb Fellows are architects and landscape architects, urban planners and journalists, public artists and affordable housing developers. After a transformative Fellowship year in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, they join a powerful worldwide network of over 450 colleagues and friends. The stipend for the academic year is $50,000 and the fellowship covers the cost of housing for Fellows and their families coming from outside the Boston area.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships

RMIT University in Australia is recruiting Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Indigenous Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs): Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication; Advanced Materials; Biomedical and Health Innovation; Design and Creative Practice; Global Business Innovation; Information and System Engineering; Social Change; and Urban Futures. Fellows will engage in high-quality, high impact research projects, which address local, national, regional and global challenges. To be eligible, you must hold a PhD/Doctorate qualification.

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany

A joint program of German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) and DAAD, this program offers students a full academic semester of study abroad at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany followed by a one-semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany. Must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in one of these fields – engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, social work. If selected, you will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters and are also eligible for a DAAD Scholarship or a UAS7 Travel Scholarship.

Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film

DAAD scholarships offer graduates the opportunity to continue their education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study. Foreign applicants who have gained a first university degree in the fields of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film are eligible. In this study programme, you can complete: a Master’s degree/postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification, or a complementary course that does not lead to a final qualification at a state or state-recognised German university of your choice (not an undergraduate course). If you are not a citizen of the United States or Canada, it is usually required that your last degree was obtained in the US/Canada, or you will have received a degree here before your scholarship starts.

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