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Prospective Students Funding

Non-Bard Funding Opportunities

Grants from local New York and New Jersey arts councils like Brooklyn Arts Council and Queens Council on the Arts are not available to students. However, each state has its own arts council funding and it's certainly worth it to call up your local council and check into what grants (both private and public) might be available in not only your particular state, but city, county and maybe even neighborhood.

  • In addition, there are a number of comprehensive websites and search engines with information about thousands of scholarships. The Sallie Mae Corporation has created Wired Scholar (; another resource is Thomson's College Quest (, and finally Fast Search ( In addition, the Department of Education ( has information about loans, financial aid, grants, state based aid, and more. Finally, your local library will have books and information with scholarship details.
  • The best place, if you live in New York/New Jersey, is the Foundation Center Library on 5th Avenue. If you haven't been there to look for FinAid you are missing out.
  • Even though students are not eligible for the NYFA Fellowship, the NYFA website is an excellent place to look for job opportunities, internships, grants and more.
  • For more on residencies,
  • For musicians/sound folks, American Music Center at Cite de la Musique publishes the "Music Competition Guide"

For Non-U.S. Citizens

"BASIC FACTS ON FOREIGN STUDY," Guide to study abroad, advice on programs, financial considerations, with extensive bibliography. Initial copy is free of charge. Contact: Institute of International Education, IIE Books, 809 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 (212) 883-8200.

"BASIC FACTS ON STUDY ABROAD." Contact: Council on International Educational Exchange, 202 East 42nd St. New York, NY 10017 (212) 661-1414.

Grants Fellowships and Opportunities

ASCI (Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.)

P.O. Box 358
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: (941) 955 5103

An interesting organization that blends science and art (thus its moniker). Various programs and opportunities.

Creative Capital

65 Bleeker St 7th floor
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 598-9900

Provides grants to individual artists for specific projects, with an emphasis on experimental work. Disciplines rotate, meaning that media grants are given every other year. Grants up to $20,000

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506
Phone: (718) 398-7255

Franklin Furnace awards grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to performance artists, allowing them to produce major works in New York. Artists from all areas of the world are invited to apply.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program

1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20006-8524
Phone: (202) 502-7542

Due to lack of funding, this fellowship has been cancelled for 2012.

A fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 4 years or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment and a stipend. Undergraduate students about to enter graduate school and graduate students who have not yet completed their first year of graduate study may apply. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 547-6926
Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. For first-generation Americans and new Americans that still feel a sense of "commitment" to their country of origin.

Institute for Humane Studies

3301 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 440
Arlington VA 22201
Phone: (800) 697-8799

The Institute for Humane Studies awards scholarships up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. Last year IHS awarded more than 100 scholarships to outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, law students, and professional students who are interested in the "classical liberal tradition."

Puffin Foundation Ltd.

20 East Oakdene Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111
Phone: (201) 836-8923

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. makes grants that encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. Average grants are: $1,000.00 - $2,500.00.


Frameline, Inc.

145 Ninth Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103-2636
Phone: (415) 703-8650

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film and videomakers are encouraged to apply to Frameline for the Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund. Grants in a range of $3,000 to $5,000 are available once annually for projects in the final stages of production.

The Grand Marnier Foundation

80 Route 4 E.
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: (201) 368-9500
Application address: c/o Grand Marnier Film Fellowships, 165 W. 65th Street, 4th Fl., New York, NY 10023

Grand Marnier, in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers three $5,000 fellowships for graduate-level film students in three categories:

  1. one to a film student who shows originality and excellence in the craft of filmmaking;
  2. one to an film student who shows originality and excellence using the medium of video; and
  3. one to an aspiring film historian or film critic writing on the subject of film or video.
The fellowships are restricted to graduate students enrolled in an educational institution in the United States (except for California, Texas, or any other jurisdiction where the contest is prohibited).

Institute for Humane Studies

3301 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 440
Arlington VA 22201
Phone: (800) 697-8799

IHS Film & Fiction Scholarships awards up to $10,000 in tuition and stipend to support students who are pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in filmmaking, fiction writing, or playwriting.

The Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund for Independent Video

P.O. Box 3514
Church St. Station
New York, NY 10007

Awards grants for criticism and production.


The Center for Photography of Woodstock

59 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498-1236
Phone: (845) 679-9957

Fellowships to photographers and artists who use photography and reside in New York State. Two $1,000 fellowships are given each year.
NOTE: They don't accept students but encourage third-year Bard students on their way out to apply.


Institute for Humane Studies

3301 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 440
Arlington VA 22201
Phone: (800) 697-8799

IHS Film & Fiction Scholarships awards up to $10,000 in tuition and stipend to support students who are pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in filmmaking, fiction writing, or playwriting.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Internship Programs
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
Phone: (212) 535-7710

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces its 2004-2005 internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments-curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Honorarium $3,250 for 10-week internship, $10,000 for 6-month.


Art In General

79 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013-3523
Phone: (212) 219-0473

A variety of artist residencies, including public exhibition space. The residents also work with the foundation's Education Department to develop programs for school-age children.

Art Omi Arts Center

55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 206-6060

Art Omi is a residency program for international visual artists, writers and musicians as well as the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a year round public exhibition space for contemporary sculpture. Located in Omi, New York, Art Omi provides residents with room, board, and a place to work.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 341-7130

Residencies to visual artists for a period of three to six months. Artists may be eligible for $500 per month stipends. Artists are provided with living quarters and studio space.


31500 Blue Lake Drive
Sisters, OR 97759
Phone: 503 937-7594

Residency program for visual artists, writers and performance artists selected by peer review panel. Ceramics/pottery, dance/choreography, metalworking, painting, sculpture, woodworking, and writing studios; exhibition/installation space and performance theater. Individual cabin/house for each resident; responsible for own meals.

The Camargo Foundation


The Camargo Foundation welcomes applications from scholars pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences relating to French and francophone cultures and from composers, writers, and visual artists pursuing specific projects.  The interdisciplinary residency program is intended to give fellows the time and space they need to realise their projects. The Foundation’s hillside campus overlooks the Mediterranean Sea in Cassis, France; it includes thirteen furnished apartments, a reference library, and three art/music studios. Fellows are provided with accommodation on campus and a stipend of $1,500.  Residencies are one semester (either early-September to mid-December or mid-January to the end of May). 

Qualified candidates from all countries and nationalities are encouraged to apply.  The application deadline is January 12 for either semester of the following academic year.


Centrum Foundation

P.O. Box 1158
Port Townsend, WA 98368-0958
Phone: (360) 385-3102

Centrum Creative Residencies are open to artists, thinkers, activists, performers -anyone involved in creative endeavors. A residency may involve either the solitary creative work of an individual or the interactive work of a group. It can focus on a single genre or be multidisciplinary. Residencies can vary in length from one week to one month, and are available January through June, and August through December.

Edward Albee Foundation

v c/o A. Kozak & Co., LLP
192 Lexington Avenue, Ste., 1100
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 226-2020

The Foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center as a residence for writers, painters, sculptors and composers. The Center is open from June 1st to October 1st, and can accommodate comfortably up to five persons at a time. Residencies are for one-month periods of time. Writers and composers are offered a room; visual artists are offered a room and studio space. Residents are responsible for their food, travel, and other expenses.

The EYEBEAM Atelier

45 Main Street, 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 222-3982

Eyebeam's Artist in Residence (AIR) program is a multidisciplinary initiative that supports creative research, production and presentation of projects that query art, technology and culture. Projects range from moving image, sound and physical computing works, to software, websites, technical prototypes, performances, workshops and public interventions. Residencies may vary in duration from 3 to 12 months.

Artists receive 24/7 studio access, a $1,500 honorarium for participation in public programs (exhibition, prototyping events, live events), access to studio and exhibition equipment, technical support from Eyebeam staff and production help from interns. Artists may also work with the resources of the Moving Image Studio and the R&D Lab, depending on the needs of their project.

Teaching, guest lecturing and/or assisting with ongoing educational programs and workshops is possible for an additional stipend.

Headlands Center for the Arts

944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: (415) 331-2787

The AIR program offers fully sponsored, live-in and live-out residencies to around 30 artists each year; there is no cost to the artist to participate. Headlands Center for the Arts (HCA) assumes travel costs and provides each Artist in Residence with a studio, housing, a stipend and five meals a week. Residencies range from four weeks to 6 months, with an average stay of three months, usually during the periods: March to May; June to August; and September to November.


2197 Millman Road
Langley, WA 98260.

Hedgebrook is a retreat for women writers of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds. Residencies are for stays of two weeks to two months. There is no residency fee; room and board are provided.

Lanesboro Residency Program

PO Box 152
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2446

Lanesboro offers two- or four-week artist residencies to sculptors, painters, poets, writers, other disciplines. $1250-$2500 stipend, living and studio space provided.

Light Work

Robert B. Menschel Media Center
316 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244
Phone: (315) 443-1300

Photographers selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $2,000 stipend, an apartment, private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

The MacDowell Colony, Inc.

The Admissions Coordinator
100 High Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: (603) 924-3886

Residencies of up to two months to writers, composers, visual artists, photographers, printmakers, filmmakers, architects, and those collaborating on creative works. Residents receive room, board, and use of a studio. Travel and Writers' aid grants are also offered.

The Millay Colony for the Arts

454 East Hill Road
PO Box 3
Austerlitz, NY 12017
Phone: (518) 392-3103
Email :

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 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. There are no fees charged for a residency.

The Space Program

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
830 North Tejon Street, Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 635-3220

Offers FREE studio space to visual artists 21 and over. They don't accept students but may be a good place to check out post-Bard. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. Residents. Emerging, mid-career and older artists are encouraged to apply.

Ucross Foundation Residency Program

30 Big Red Lane
Clearmont, WY 82835, U.S.A.
Phone: (307) 737-2291

Open to visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary or performance artists and collaborative teams. Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply. Each selected resident is offered room, board and studio space.

Visual Studies Workshop, Residencies

31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 442-8676 ext 112

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. An honorarium of $1,200 is provided.


2015 application is now available in Slideroom. 

Please visit our 'applying' page for the link and application guidelines.

Alumna Corrine Fitzpatrick MFA '11 writes about the Bard MFA program for Artforum's

Info Sessions dates are now posted.