University of Iowa

Artists’ Resource Center – List of funding opportunities, along with select professional development and career resources for students and alumni in Film, theatre, visual arts, and writing who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program – An endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

College Art Association – Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art.

Crow’s Shadow Institute – Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, we also function as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices — weaving, bead working and regalia making — of the Plateau region.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program – The mission of the Arts Program is to support artists with the creation and public performance of their work.

The Eiteljorg Museum – The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis holds the world’s foremost collections of contemporary Native American art. The museum’s commitment to contemporary fine art is evidenced by the Eiteljorg’s Contemporary Art Fellowship, which celebrates the established and emerging Native American artists of today.

Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers – The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history.

First Peoples Fund –  First Peoples Fund is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and well-being of American Indian arts and culture, deeply rooted in Indigenous values and place-based practices. We honor and support creative, community-centered Native artists and nurture the Collective Spirit® that allows them to sustain their peoples. We accomplish this by providing tools, resources and a voice to Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.

The Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices – Through the generous support of Lee Hope and the Solstice Institute, the MFA Program is able to award The Lee Hope Fellowship to support an incoming student of diverse background or experience. The Fellowship provides $500 toward first-semester tuition for a student who begins the program during the summer residency/fall semester.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. They also offer Fellowships for graduate students, museum professionals and senior scholars to undertake independent study and research.

The National Endowment for the Arts – The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

The National Museum of the American Indian – The National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI) Artist Leadership Program (ALP) for Individual Artists enables indigenous artists to research, document, and network in Washington, D.C., then return home empowered with new artistic insights, skills, and techniques to share with their communities and the general public the value of Native knowledge through art. The program aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence and enable artists to think more broadly about themselves and their art while perpetuating indigenous cultures and reflecting artistic diversity.

Paul and Daisy Soros – Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country. 

Rosendale Cultural Crossroads Public Art Residencies – Women's Studio Workshop is offering a new grant, specific geared toward creating public art projects. Temporary sculpture, installations or interventions for accessible sites will be considered. In addition to designing/creating and implementing new work, the artist must develop opportunities for the public to engage with the work throughout the development and installation of the project.

Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities – Centrally funded opportunities that place fellows throughout the Smithsonian and fellowship opportunities available at each of the Smithsonian’s various museums, research centers, and other units.

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database – The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. GRAPES is maintained by the Fellowships and Financial Services Office.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowships – Visual Arts & Art History - 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 has awarded nearly $5 million in fellowships to Virginians since 1940.

Theatre Fellowships

American Conservatory Theatre Fellowships

Hedgrerow Theatre Fellowships

Steppenwolf Multicultural Fellowship

TCG Resident Actor Fellowships

Childrens' Theatre Foundation Individual Theatre Artists Fellowship

Shakespeare Theatre Company Fellowships

Manhattan Theater Club Directing Fellowship

New York Theatre Workship 2050 Fellowship

Huntington Playwriting Fellows

Wilma Theatre Production/Stage Management Fellowships

Berkeley Rep Professional Fellowships

There are more, but these are among the best across the country.  All will be highly competitive, some more than others.