Grants and Prizes
Grants, fellowships and writing awards related to design or visual culture.
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. (Visual Arts may include architecture/design, contemporary crafts, installation, interdisciplinary projects, moving image, painting, photo-based work, public art, sculpture, or works on paper.) Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, Creative Capital supports artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft, yet are also boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; who create artistically omnivorous work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape.
The Deborah J. Norden Fund, founded in 1995 in memory of architect Deborah Norden, grants up to $5,000 yearly in travel and study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history and urban studies. This fund is administered by the Architectural League of New York.
Design Trust fellowships are awarded to qualified professionals whose work will complement the Design Trust’s specific programs at hand. Fellows have included architects, urban planners, journalists, preservationists, photographers and graphic artists. Each fellowship includes a $5,000 to $15,000 stipend and an opportunity to publish project findings. Fellows are offered a lead role on projects designed to have a substantial impact on New York City. There is no standing application procedure, as each year’s fellows are based on the needs of the selected projects. Fellowship descriptions and application information will be posted on the Design Trust Web site as they beome available. While many fellows are working at the top of their field, fellowships are also awarded to accomplished emerging professionals.
The frieze magazine writer’s prize is an annual award intended to discover and promote new art critics. Entrants must submit one 700-word review of a recent contemporary art show, written in English (translated texts are accepted). To qualify, writers must have had at least three articles published previously in a printed newspaper or magazine. The winner will receive a monetary prize of 2,000 British pounds, as well as a commission to write a review for the October issue of frieze.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings more than 1,800 citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. institutions annually. Foreign students apply for Fulbright grants through the Binational Fulbright Commission/Foundation or the U.S. Embassy in their home countries.
The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship supports up to four years of study for students pursuing a Ph.D. in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Candidates must be American citizens or permanent residents, ideally showing superior academic acheivement, exceptional promise and financial need. The award is up to $42,000 per year for tuition and stipend, for up to four years.
The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for an unpublished essay in the history of technology that examines in detail a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or intellectual history. It is intended for younger scholars and new entrants into the profession. Manuscripts must be in English and of a length suitable for publication as an article in Technology and Culture—approximately 7,500 words (not including notes) and 100 notes. The award consists of $450 and a certificate, to be presented at the Society’s annual meeting. The winning manuscript will be considered for publication in Technology and Culture.
The MacDowell Colony offers residencies of up to eight weeks providing artists with time and space in which to create lasting creative works at the Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. There are between 20 and 30 artists at MacDowell at any given time, and arrivals and departures are ongoing.
The New York State Council on the Arts
This organization supports innovative projects by professionals (or teams of professionals) in the design and planning fields that advance the fields and contribute to the public’s understanding of the built environment.
In conjunction with New York Women in Communications, the Foundation awards annual scholarships to graduating high school, undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need, and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications.
The American Academy in Rome is currently accepting applications for the Rome Prize competition. The Academy, a leading overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts, offers up to thirty fellowships for periods ranging from six months to two years. Winners reside at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome, receiving room, board, a study or studio, and a stipend: $12,500 for six-month fellowships and $25,000 for eleven-months. Fellowships are awarded in the fields of Design (including graphic, fashion, industrial, interior, lighting, set, and sound design, engineering and urban planning), Architecture, Historic Preservation and Conservation (including architectural design, public policy, and the conservation of works of art), and Landscape Architecture. Fellowships are also awarded in: Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Modern Italian Studies. To download guidelines and application forms, visit the Academy’s website.
SHOT Levinson Prize
The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines a technology or technological device or process within the framework of social or intellectual history. It is intended for younger scholars and new entrants into the profession.
The Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship provides international scholars and emerging professionals an opportunity for in-depth research and a platform for interventions in the public realm. Based at Van Alen Institute, fellows generate projects related to matters of local and global concern for the built environment today, such as sustainable design and development, urban culture in the age of homeland security, public art and collective memory, and patterns and effects of privatization. Projects range across media, dimensions and geographies in the form of demonstrations, installations, performances, symposia, workshops, and other experimental formats.
This three-year pilot program issues project-based grants directly to individual authors whose work addresses contemporary visual art. In its first year, the Arts Writers Grant Program issued awards for books, articles, and experiments in new and alternative media; The program’s second year introduced a new grant category for short-form writing (texts of 1,000 words or less), seeking an increased engagement with article-based projects that explore pressing issues in the contemporary visual arts. Of particular interest are texts that illuminate the value of contemporary for all viewers through its ability to enrich understanding of our world and to offer a space of freedom from and a critical relationship with prevailing norms.
A program of AIGA, these annual awards seek to increase the understanding and appreciation of design, both within the profession and throughout American life. They were founded by Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel of the Winterhouse Institute to recognize excellence in writing about design and encourage the development of young voices in design writing, commentary and criticism. Each year, there are two types of awards: a writing award of $10,000 given for a body of work (open to writers, critics, scholars, historians, journalists and designers) and an education award of $1,000 (open to undergraduate or graduate students).