Student Grants & Funding


CCNY Art Department Connor Tuition Fellowships for incoming graduate students

All  accepted DIAP applicants are automatically considered for tuition based scholarships. The selection is portfolio based and awarded by the DIAP selection committee.

CCNY Art Department Connor Tuition Fellowships for continuing graduate students

All continuing DIAP graduate students are automatically considered for $1,000 – $4,000 tuition based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded at the end of the 2nd semester and based on the work and promise of the first year.

CCNY Art Department Connor DIAP Laptop Grant

All  enrolled DIAP applicants receive a laptop which can be bought for $1 upon successful graduation. For Fall 2019 the laptop was a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro.


College Art Association Fellowship

CAA’s Professional Development Fellowships support promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $5,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.

CAA seeks applications from students who are current members; are citizens or permanent residents of the United States; will receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year following the year of application, and have outstanding capabilities and demonstrate distinction in approach, technique, or perspective in their contribution to art history and the visual arts.

Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

Student applicants are encouraged to consider projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community. While the Foundation does not discourage proposals on topics outside the students’ region, no extra weight is given to these topics when determining winning Grant recipients. Rather, the Foundation believes applicants are more likely to complete a story closer to their school or home than one that requires travel.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography or multimedia projects. Students are encouraged to submit multimedia pieces with their grant applications.


Research and travel funds


CCNY Art Department Connor Study Abroad Fellowships
Graduates may apply for Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall research-based travel (duration should be in keeping with their proposal).

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Americans for the Arts

The Foundation Center


National Assembly of State Arts Associations

National Endowment for the Arts

American Photographic Artists

American Society of Media Photographers

The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Student Loans

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Available to US Citizens or eligible non-citizens, provides student loans and federal work study for college, grad school, or career school. Prospective students can fill out the FAFSA starting January 1st of every year, even if they haven’t yet received their decision letter.

The Leo S. Rowe Pan American Funds

This organization grants student loans to persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries. The loans are of a supplementary nature, without interest, repayable within a term of, at most, fifty-three months after completion of the studies or research program for which the loan is granted. Students may apply for a loan to cover expenses directly related to their studies or emergencies not covered by their principal sources of financing.


Grant & Competition Resources


Crusade for Art Engagement Grant

Crusade for Art aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way.

The centerpiece of Crusade for Art is a $10,000 grant that will be awarded to an individual photographer or group of photographers with the most innovative plan for increasing their audience and collector base. The unrestricted grant is created both to generate and highlight these innovations, and to underwrite the execution of the best idea.

The Margaret Meade Film Festival + Filmmaker Award

The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival is presented by the Museum’s Public Programs Division in the Department of Education. Held annually each fall, the Mead Festival was founded in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork. The Mead Festival screens documentaries, experimental films, animation, and hybrid works that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet.

In 2010, the Margaret Mead Film Festival implemented the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award. The Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary offers a new perspective on a culture or community remote from the majority of our audiences’ experience as well as displays artistic excellence and originality in storytelling technique. Films selected for the Margaret Mead Film Festival that are U.S., North American, or World Premieres are eligible for the Award. The award winner is selected by a jury of industry professionals.

The Snider Prize

The Snider Prize is a purchase award given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. The curatorial staff at MoCP at Columbia College Chicago will select an artist and offer $1000 for the purchase of work to be added to its permanent collection.

The award forms a part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to support new talent in the field of contemporary photography. The prize is open to MFA students currently in their last year of study at an accredited program of study in the United States. The Snider Prize is sponsored by MoCP patrons Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider.

New York Foundation for the Arts

Sarah Jacobson Film Grant

The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant supports women “whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.” Grants are about $2,000 each, to support film projects in any stage of completion, from pre-production through distribution.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.

Provides small grants ($500-$1500) to individual feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses upon women. Limited to art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Black Rock Arts Foundation: A Community Resource for Interactive Art

BRAF funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. We fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. We like art that can be experienced in more ways than visually – art that is touched, heard or experienced as well as viewed. We prioritize funding art that involves the audience in its conception, creation and presentation.

Open Society Foundations

In 2010, the Open Society Foundations, through its New York, Budapest, and London offices alone, awarded more than 4,500 grants in the amount of $612 million. While we predominantly fund preselected organizations, some programs encourage submission of letters of inquiry or publish funding guidelines for grant seekers. Our scholarship and fellowship programs in particular actively solicit applications from individuals who satisfy the defined selection criteria. If you are interested in seeking a grant from the Open Society Foundations, we encourage you to explore this website to determine whether any of our programs or foundations correspond to the work you are pursuing. The Foundations do not award grants outside of our targeted thematic and geographic areas of interest.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions.

Jerome Foundation

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.

Creative Capital Foundation

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process. Our selection process includes three steps: inquiry, application and panel review.

American Council of Learned Societies

The mission of the American Council of Learned Societies, as set forth in its constitution, is to “advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and to maintain and strengthen relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.” As the pre-eminent representative of humanities scholarship in America, the ACLS carries out its mission in a variety of programs across many fields of learning.

The Columbia Foundation

Columbia Foundation’s mission is to be a catalytic funder of work to protect and enhance the quality of life within the means of nature. Grantmaking is focused on programs that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theater) literary, or visual arts.

The AAF Prize for Fine Arts

Each year, The AAF Prize for Fine Arts (formerly The Daisy Soros Prize and The Hayward Prize) offers US fine arts graduate students, or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past two years, the opportunity to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg in Austria. The AAF Prize for Fine Arts is funded through the generosity of AAF trustee Gerhard Seebacher and his wife Angelika. The fellowship covers Summer Academy tuition, up to $1,000 of travel reimbursement, accommodation in Summer Academy’s approved student housing, and a small pocket money stipend.


Post-DIAP Residencies



Applications for the 2015 Artist Studio Program opens October 7, 2014.

The application deadline is November 6, 2014.

The 2015 Studio Program will be housed on the lower level of Smack Mellon’s building at 92 Plymouth Street.  The residency will take place from June 1, 2015 – May 15, 2016.

Smack Mellon offers free studio space to eligible artists for an eleven-month period. The program provides 6 artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding).


Neukom Fellows at Dartmouth College Call for Applications

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College is pleased to announce the Neukom Fellows competition for positions starting September 1, 2015.

Neukom Fellows are interdisciplinary positions for recent Ph.D.s, DMAs, or MFAs whose research interests or practice cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, but has some computational component, whether it be a framing concept for intellectual exploration or an explicit component of the work that is pursued. The successful candidate should have a history of collaborative work across disciplines, but still show good evidence of independence and initiative. The Fellowships are two- to three-year appointments, with the third year extension considered upon request after a review early in the second year. Neukom Fellows will be mentored by faculty in two departments at Dartmouth College, take up residence in one department, and will teach one seminar course each year on a subject of their interest. Beyond that there are no additional duties. Neukom Fellow stipends are $60,000 for 2015-2016. Additional funds are available for equipment, travel, and research materials.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Located in California’s Marin Headlands, these residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

Millay Colony for the Arts

Located in Austerlizt, New York. The Millay Colony for the Arts hosts writers, visual artists, and composers of all ages and in all stages of their artistic career. Groups of six to seven artists representing various disciplines are invited for month-long residencies at the Colony between the months of April and November. The Colony provides each resident a private room and studio, and meals.

Vermont Studio Center

As the country’s largest artists’ community, the 75 artists and writers participating each month in 4-12 week independent studio Residencies, are selected to represent an intentional mix of mediums, cultures, experience, and ages. The Vermont Studio Center accepts applications on a rolling basis. It is best to apply at least six months in advance of your preferred start date, though we will consider applications received as late as 8 weeks in advance of the month(s) for which one is applying.

Visual Studies Workshop

Visual Studies Workshop sponsors artists’ residencies in photography, artists’ books, digital video and multimedia, 16mm film and analog video. Residencies are project-based and are for a period of one month. VSW will provide access to facilities, and housing on the premises.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Located in Snowmass Village, Colorado, Anderson Ranch provides a rich, interactive experience designed to stimulate innovation and chart new directions in the artist’s career. The residency program is intended for independent artists who are adept at the use of equipment and processes in the areas in which they choose to work. Residents are chosen based on demonstrated desire and potential growth.

The Ragdale Foundation

Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, Ragdale is a place where writers and artists of all disciplines can find uninterrupted time to work in a peaceful setting. Residencies are available from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months.

Artists Engaging in Social Change: Request for Proposals

Accepting applications between Monday, September 15 and November 12, 2014. 

The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work.Fine Arts Work Center

A unique residency program for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers, providing seven-month fellowships to twenty fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community.

The MacDowell Colony

Located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The maximum length of residence is two months; an average stay is four weeks. There are between 20 and 30 artists at MacDowell at any given time. There are no residency fees at MacDowell; the Colony is a not-for-profit institution funded mostly by contributions.

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Oregon College of Art and Craft’s residency program provides emerging and nationally-known artists the time and space to think and immerse themselves in their own creative process. Residents have the freedom to explore, experiment, interact, create and collaborate. Each fall and spring semester, the College hosts two artists for a Residency.

Women’s Studio Workshop

Women’s Studio Workshop has an artist-centered philosophy and a deep commitment to the individual’s creative process. We support this vision through providing time and space where artists can come to work with 24-hour access to the studios, onsite and adjacent housing and technical advice and support. A WSW Residency is supported by our technical and artistic staff that is readily available to coach, train, and assist artists on all aspects of their projects. This active engagement allows artists to work across mediums, integrating new processes and materials into their work, and to gain new levels of mastery in specific disciplines.

Yaddo Artist Colony

Located in Saratoga Springs, New York. The artists’ community established in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask, has a simple mission: to offer creative artists uninterrupted time to work, good working conditions, and a supportive environment. Visits last two weeks – two months. Application due January 1 or August 1.

Edward Albee Foundation

Located on Long Island, New York, the Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance. The Barn hosts an annual summer residency program designed to offer space to five creative persons for four and six week periods between the middle of May and the middle of October. Writers receive a large bedroom equipped with a desk, bed and dresser; visual artists receive a slightly smaller room (with a bed and dresser) and a rather large studio space (forty foot ceilings).

Abrons Art Center AIRspace Residency

Each year the Abrons awards residencies to five visual artists. Beginning each September, residents are provided a studio for 11 months within the Abrons facility. Throughout the residency, meetings and studio visits are also arranged with critics, curators, artists, and other art-workers. The program provides a range of career development opportunities throughout the residency, including educational work within the Abrons education and gallery programs, as well as an Open Studios weekend, and a culminating group exhibition.

The Bellagio Study and Conference Center

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows high profile program awards fellowships to visual artists who have demonstrated exceptional originality, work that is inspired by or related to global social issues, and who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind. The Creative Arts Fellows are nominated by an international selection committee of leading arts professionals. The Fellows are given a cash award and are invited for a residency for two months to work on a project.

The Carmargo Foundation

Located in Caissis, France, the Camargo Foundation maintains a study center in Cassis, France, for the benefit of fellows who wish to pursue projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and Francophone cultures, as well as creative projects by writers, composers, visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, and new media artists). Creative projects do not need to have a specific French connection.


Eyebeam seeks to support artists and innovative creative practice through a variety of initiatives including residencies, commissions, fellowships and teaching positions.

Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, NY

Artists and writers who are New York State residents are invited to apply for month-long summer residencies at the 200-acre Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York. There are five residents in each session: one photographer, two writers, and two painters, sculptors or other visual artists. The colony is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. The Summer Residency competition is statewide and is open to all New York State residents (including NYC). Former residents are eligible to re-apply after four years.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.

Art OMI International Artists’ Residency

Omi International Artists Residency invites visual artists from every continent, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. During three weeks each July, concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal. Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic-in-Residence, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. Our Visitors Program enables residents to have conversations with many visiting art critics, gallery owners and prominent artists. Direct engagement with the New York City art world is unmatched by similar residency programs. The program culminates with Open Studio Day, during which hundreds of professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends view work, ask questions and respond.

Artists’ Enclave at I-Park

I-Park is both an open air and a closed studio laboratory for individual artistic pursuits in the fields of the visual arts, music composition/sound sculpture/design, moving image, landscape/garden design and creative writing. The artists-in-residence program offers a quiet, retreat-like environment conducive to exploration and experimentation – without the expectation of particular outcomes. Artists are free to conceive and execute new ideas or work on existing projects.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

The Residency Program at the Bemis Center was started by artists for artists and is a program that truly trusts artists and seeks to support the creative process. The Residency Program provides support in the form of time, space and monthly stipends to 36 artists per year. Three month residencies allow artists time to reflect, research and take risks. Our famously large live/work studios and installation spaces allow artists to do the work they cannot do elsewhere. Access to on-site facilities and a monthly stipend allow each artist to concentrate fully on their creative process.

Light Work Artist in Residence

Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 360 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The residency includes a $4,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.

Penland School of Crafts

The Penland School Resident Artist Program seeks to enrich the total educational experience at Penland by providing a stimulating, supportive environment for artists at transitional points in their careers. Penland resident artists are full-time, self-supporting craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years.

Glacier National Park Artist In Residency

Glacier National Park seeks the assistance of one or two artists each summer. Rather than donate a piece to the park, the selected artists will be expected to present programs on their work to the general public. The number and schedule of programs will be determined by our Artist-in-Residence Coordinator. Selected artists will receive lodging to allow them the opportunity to pursue their particular art form. This lodging is in a rustic cabin with no cell phone service or internet. It is an historic structure on the shores of Lake McDonald. No stipend is available. Artists must provide their own transportation and are responsible for the upkeep and cleaning of their lodging.

The Space Program

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation

The Space Program provides free studio spaces in Brooklyn, NY to visual artists. The seventeen studios are non-living spaces for the making of new works of art. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation does not provide a stipend, equipment or organized programs. Juried by a panel of artists. Visual artists 21 and over are invited to submit proposals for free Studio Spaces. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. Residents, and not in school at the time of residency. Emerging, mid-career and older artists are encouraged to apply.

WUSTL Freund Fellowship

Supported by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, Freund Fellowships promote the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as the teaching of contemporary art principles in the Sam Fox School. Each fellowship consists of two month-long residencies, during which recipients teach in the Sam Fox School and prepare an exhibition for the museum’s Currents series. Each fellow will receive compensation of 6,500 USD per visit in addition to housing and transportation to and from St. Louis.

Wave Farm Residency Program
(June – October)


The Wave Farm Residency program provides artists with a valuable opportunity to concentrate on new transmission works and conduct research about the genre using the Wave Farm Study Center resource library. In conjunction with their residencies, artists perform, are interviewed, and create playlists for broadcast on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, a creative community radio station serving over 78,000 potential listeners in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley, and international listeners online.
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A $700 artist fee will be made available for each residency.