Fall deadlines for grants and fellowships

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A number of grants and fellowships for faculty and students—including several VCUarts grant programs—are currently accepting applications. Submit your applications today.

VCUarts grants

Dean’s Faculty Grants
Deadline: Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Open to: Full-time faculty

Dean’s Faculty Research Grants provide funding of up to $7,000 to support the final stage of research for which outcomes have been determined, and a venue for dissemination or realization of research results has been identified. Faculty who work in collaboration with one another may also seek funding for a common project.

Adjunct Faculty Grants
Deadline: Rolling during fall and spring semesters
Open to: Adjunct faculty

VCUarts provides financial support for adjunct faculty research, creative/scholarly work and professional development. Funding of $15,000 is available during both the fall and spring semesters, a total of $30,000 annually. Proposals in the range of $500 to $1,000 are suggested in order to accommodate the demand. Applicants can expect notification via VCU email approximately three weeks from receipt of application. 

Graduate Travel Grants
Deadline: Rolling, but preference given to applications submitted by Oct. 15
Open to: Graduate students

Each year, VCUarts awards Graduate Student Travel Grants to support invited/adjudicated presentations or performances and juried exhibitions occurring at professional conferences and/or in professional venues, within the US or internationally. During 2020-21, as long as university travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are in place, the awards can be used for registration fees at virtual conference presentations, virtual performances, or virtual exhibitions of work, as well as for shipping for actual exhibition of work. These endeavors must be distinct from coursework, faculty-led initiatives, or travel associated with candidacy, thesis, or dissertation research.

Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants
Deadline: Nov. 4, 11:59 p.m.
Open to: Full-time undergraduate students graduating after December 2020

VCUarts award grants of up to $3,000 to support undergraduate research, innovation, and entrepreneurship projects in three areas:

  • Undergraduate Research Grants: Research or creative work that is interdisciplinary, involves student collaboration and draws on the expertise of a faculty mentor.
  • Arts and Health Research and Innovation Grants: Projects focus care provider quality, patient experience, society health and wellness; focus on pandemic and post-pandemic challenges encouraged.
  • James R. Gregory Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Projects with an entrepreneurial focus and have a strong potential to become a sustainable business model.

Graduate Research Grants
Deadline: Nov. 20 for spring 2021 grants
Open to: Students who have achieved candidacy in a VCUarts graduate program

Each year VCUarts awards several Graduate Research Grants to support students’ creative practice, research and scholarly activities relevant to their academic programs and professional goals. Awards are competitive; students are encouraged to work with their advisors as they prepare their applications.

External grants

Center for Craft—Artist Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 1
Open to: Mid-career artists

The center welcomes applications for its Artist Fellows program. Through the program, two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, and others who identify their practice within the field of craft. The center, and by extension the grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process.

SaveArtSpace.org Miami Art week 2020
Deadline: Oct. 15
Open to: Artists of all ages and talents

SaveArtSpace invites artists to submit their artwork between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15, 2020, for an opportunity to have it displayed on ad space in Miami for Miami Art Week and Art Basel, Dec. 1-6, 2020. This program is curated by Nicole Saglar. There is a $10 donation per image submission to participate, each donation is tax deductible and goes to producing the public art. Each artist is encouraged to submit up to 10 images. The selected artists will be announced after Oct. 26, and will be exhibited on ad spaces in Miami starting Nov. 23, for at least one month.

Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant
Deadline: Oct. 31
Open to: Self-identified lesbians based in the U.S. making moving-image art

The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. Work can be experimental animation, experimental documentary, experimental narrative, cross-genre, or solely experimental. Applicants must be based in the U.S. This grant was established by Hammer in 2017 to give needed support to moving-image art made by lesbians. The grant is supported directly by funds provided by Hammer’s estate and administered through Queer|Art by lesbians for lesbians, with a rotating panel of judges. This year Queer|Art is pleased to announce the grant has increased to $7,000.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program
Deadline: Nov. 6, 5 p.m.
Open to: Professional artists and students who are legal residents of Virginia

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded nearly $5.8 million in Fellowships to Virginians. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 24 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. There is no application fee.