MacDowell Fellowships Open Call

About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded Fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees, and need-based stipends and travel reimbursement grants are available to open the residency to the broadest possible community of artists.

MacDowell encourages applications from artists of all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Any applicant whose proposed project does not fall clearly within one of these artistic disciplines should contact the admissions department for guidance. We aim to be inclusive, not exclusive in our admissions process.

Find out about our Art of Journalism Initiative here. Journalists who are interested in applying for this initiative should submit an application to our literature nonfiction category.

A nonrefundable processing fee of $30 (U.S.) is required with each application. Applicants pay the processing fee by debit or credit card through a secure site on the online application.

Applicants experiencing financial hardship or difficulty paying the fee are encouraged to contact the admissions department at

Artists awarded a MacDowell Fellowship are eligible to apply for need-based stipends and travel reimbursement grants. Visit the Financial Assistance page for more details.

To watch a video with step-by-step application instructions, click here.

For questions, please contact

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