Grants & Professional Development

Fellowships and Grants Fine Arts

This page features a wide range of funding opportunities focusing on short and long term residential and non-residential fellowships and grants.

American Academy in Berlin
The American Academy in Berlin offers residential fellowships to scholars from many fields including the humanities, social sciences, public policy, visual arts, poetry, music, law and journalism.

American Association of University Women  (AAUW)
Six fellowships and awards for women pursuing graduate or further education. One fellowship for postdoctoral research leaves. One opportunity for summer/short term research and publication grants.

American Institute of Indian Studies 
The American Institute of Indian Studies provides about 35 fellowships per year to scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

A Blade of Grass 
A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue.

CIES Fulbright Scholars 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.

College Art Association - Millard Meiss Publication Fund 
CAA awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. 

Creative Capital
Creative Capital is one of the only national nonprofit organizations that awards grants to individual artists through an open application process. They are a premier provider of risk capital in the arts, taking chances to support ideas that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching. 

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Funding opportunities include grants for research visits, visiting lectureships and professorships, seminars, conference funding and the Artists-in-Berlin program.

Dumbarton Oaks
Funding opportunities include fellowships, project grants and one-month research stipends, all in Byzantine, pre-Columbian and Garden and Landscape studies.

Fine Arts Work Center 
The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. 

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. About 18 fellowships are awarded annually.

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Furthermore looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience; gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; and promises a reasonable shelf life. The grants, ranging roughly from $1,500 to a maximum of $15,000, are awarded twice annually. 

The Getty Foundation
The Getty Provides a range of residential and non-residential opportunities focused on art and art conservation.

GRAMMY Foundation 
The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation 
The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. 

The Humboldt Foundation 
The Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany through a wide range of programs, grants and fellowships.

Jentel Artist Residency Program 
The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development.  Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
The Foundation funds the Guggenheim Fellowship Program.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Foundation funds grants in the history of art, conservation and digital resources, and funds fellowships in the history of art, conservation and interpretative fellowships at art museums.

The MacDowell Colony
The MacDowall Colony offers residencies for writers, artists and composers. The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. We welcome artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns.

National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
The Center offers professorships and senior fellowships for advanced study in the visual arts.

Newberry Library
The Newberry offers both long and short term fellowships at the Chicago library.

Ucross Foundation 
The Ucross Foundation Residency Program offers the gift of time and space to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines.  The Foundation strives to provide a respectful, comfortable and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life. The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.  Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks.  At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence, a mix of visual artists, writers and composers.

Radcliffe Institute
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars in all fields who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments.

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residencies 
The Rockefeller Foundation funds residencies in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, music and fine arts at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como in northern Italy.

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian offers a wide variety of fellowships in all fields.