Upcoming deadlines for grant, residency and fellowship opportunities

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A number of grant, residency and fellowship opportunities available to faculty and students are currently accepting applications with upcoming deadlines. Submit your applications today.

VCU and VCUarts grants

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. 

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged Research (CEnR)
Deadline: March 10
Open to: Undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline

The Center for Community Engagement and Impact will fund undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards for research projects mentored by VCU faculty and carried out in collaboration with a community partner. Proposals for this fellowship should include a community-engaged research project that creates and disseminates knowledge or creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student, $500 for the faculty mentor, and $500 for the community partner. 

Undergraduate Fellowships for Inquiry, Inclusion and Innovation (iCubed)
Deadline: March 10
Open to: Work-Study eligible undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline which aligns with the eight iCubed Cores

The Institute for Inquiry, Inclusion and Innovation (iCubed) will fund seven research fellowship awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty who fall within the eight iCubed Cores:  1. Oral Health Equity 2. Sustainable Food Access 3. Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities 4. Urban Education and Family 5. Disrupting Criminalization in Education 6. Health and Wellness in Aging Populations 7. Racial Equity, Arts, and Culture 8. Culture, Race, and Health.  Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor. 

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowships (UROP)
Deadline: March 10
Open to: Undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline(s)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will fund a variety of undergraduate student fellowship awards for projects in any discipline, mentored by VCU faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1,500 and $500 for the faculty mentor.

External Opportunities

Tides Institute & Museum of Art StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence
Deadline: February 1
Open to: Artists of all ages and talents

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE and many additional funders, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown. A StudioWorks residency provides an artist with a unique experience to play an active role in our creative community and region through socially engaged projects, educational outreach or public programming. So far, 62 artists from 18 different states and three foreign countries have participated in the program. 

BKLYN Clay Artist Residency
Deadline: February 8
Open to: Ceramics artists who identify as BIPOC

BKLYN CLAY’s Artist Residency program serves as a vehicle to honor and uplift the artistic vision and work of BIPOC artists, in an effort to promote equity, opportunity, and access within the field of ceramics. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to use the residency to continue their current practice, execute specific projects, or experiment with ways of implementing clay into their practice with the support of BKLYN CLAY instructors and studio staff. Applicants must self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color and maintain an active and visible studio practice as an emerging artist.

Soros Equality Fellowship
Deadline: February 11
Open to: Professional mid-career artists

Open Society-U.S.’s Soros Equality Fellowship seeks to support emerging mid-career professionals whom they believe will become long-term innovative leaders impacting racial justice.

Good Heart Artist Residency
Deadline: February 17
Open to: Writers/Composers and Songwriters

The following residency time slots will be offered in the January 1, 2021 call for writers and composers.

September 22 – October 6, 2021, Writer residency partnered with Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

November 3 – 21, 2021,  Songwriter/Composer residency partnered with Springfed Arts – Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters and Big Water Creative Arts (2-week residency with flexible dates between Nov. 3, 2021 and November 21, 2021)

January 14 – 28, 2022,  Writer residency
February 4 – 18, 2022,  Writer residency
March 11 – 25, 2022,  Writer residency

Adolf & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Deadline: February 26
Open to: Painters, printmakers and sculptors of all ages

Individual Artist Support grants for painters, printmakers and sculptors.

Richmond CultureWorks Grant Program
Deadline: March 1
Open to: Artists in the Richmond and Tri-Cities Region

The Grant Program provides funding for diverse nonprofit organizations (with budgets under $500,000), and practicing local artists, for initiatives that benefit the Richmond and Tri-Cities region. Specifically the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, along with the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Ashland. COVID-19 Relief Grants from CultureWorks do not impact eligibility for the annual grants program. For 2021 only, CultureWorks will permit Lead Applicants that have been awarded Annual Grants for two consecutive years to apply for a third year of Annual Grant funding. Qualified Lead Applicants that have not received funding in the past two consecutive cycles will receive priority consideration. Please know that we expect a two consecutive-year limitation to resume in future cycles.

Adobe Design Circle Scholarships
Deadline: March 11 at 11:59 p.m.
Open to: Undergraduate Design students

The 2nd annual Design Circle scholarship application is live and open for students to apply for the 2021-2022 school year. We would appreciate your partnership in spreading the word now and throughout Jan/Feb to create visibility for this scholarship, focused on cultivating more diversity in the design industry. 10 design students will each receive up to $25k per year for undergrad.