Fellowships and Residencies Summer 2020

Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes accepting applications.

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The Hemingway Studio at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada.

The BOMB editors have compiled a list of residencies currently accepting applications for the 2020–21 calendar year.

We have included funding opportunities, remote residencies, and residencies designed by and for BIPOC. Note that in-person opportunities can only take place in accordance with local health guidelines.

Residencies and Funding Opportunities for and Designed by BIPOC

La Maison Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program

A residency that honors James Baldwin by hosting emerging writers in his adopted hometown. Applications for the 2021–2022 residency program will be accepted starting September 1, 2020. To apply, send a cover letter, a brief bio and writing sample of ten pages after September 1, 2020, to residency@lamaisonbaldwin.fr with the subject line “2021 Residency Application.” You must be an emerging writer to apply. 

Location: Saint Paul de Vence

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Silent Partners

Silent Partners provides monthly $1,000 grants to Black Brooklyn-based artists and Movement workers. Funds are donated by anonymous white partners, and all top-level decisions are made by a panel of Black leaders.

Deadline: Silent Partners will be accepting new applications on August 1, 2020.

The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

A $10,000 grant is supports Black trans visual artists and sheds light on under-recognized contributions of Black trans women and trans femmes to the world of art. Qualified artists must be self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes working in visual art and based in the United States. 

Deadline: August 30, 2020 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund [NEW!]

This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators. This is a one-time micro-grant of $200. If you are interested in donating to the fund, click here.

Deadline: Rolling


Housing will be giving five grants to Black women artists, $1,000 each. Open to any and all Black radical women-writers, critics, and artists who continue to dissent in their respective practices. Please send examples and images of your work to info@housing-art.info.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

ARTNOIR Jar of Love Fund

A mircogrant initiative organized with the mission to celebrate and highlight the work of creatives or color from around the world. Applicants must be 21 or older. Applications are open to all those working within the arts, living in all fifty states, territories, and Tribal Nations.

Deadline: Rolling

Miriam’s Open Call For Black Curators

This residency gives two emerging curators and thinkers the resources and support to realize a six-week-long exhibition at Miriam in 2021. Miriam seeks to shift the culture of inequality that affects the art industry by establishing a meaningfully inclusive curatorial agenda that reflects the populations they support. 

Deadline: October 16, 2020

All Disciplines


Velvetpark Residency is a project based work-studio, awarded through a selection process by application. It is open to LGBTQI writers to complete a proposed project.

LocationBrooklyn, NY

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Oak Spring Gardens Foundation

The Oak Spring Gardens Foundation 2020 Artist Awards aims to support outstanding emerging visual and literary artists working in an area related to plants, gardens, landscapes, and place.

Location: Upperville, VA 

Deadline: August 12, 2020

Jentel Artists Residency

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.

Location: Banner, WY

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Founded in 1977 by Doris Leeper, an internationally known sculptor and painter as well as a visionary environmentalist, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency.

Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL

Deadline: September 20, 2020

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity will be offering fourteen programs online from September to December 2020, featuring two programs per discipline in Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Indigenous Arts, and Indigenous Leadership.

Location: Alberta, Canada (remote)

Deadline: Details about these programs, including information about applications and admissions is available online.

Residency Period: September–December 2020

Worthless Studios: The Plywood Protection Project

The Plywood Protection Project is a response both to the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement and the re-visioning of America and American monuments in this historical moment. Windows across the city were boarded up and as an inadvertent result, plywood prices skyrocketed and as supply was depleted citywide. As various businesses shed their protective layers of plywood, worthless studios believes this material can and should be upcycled into public art. Worthless studios will provide free studio space, tools, fabrication, and installation assistance as well as a $2000 artist stipend and a $500 additional materials budget to all accepted artists.

Location: New York City, NY

Application Due: September 27, 2020

Millay Colony for the Arts

Every year, the Millay Colony for the Arts hosts six to seven creators each month from April–November to come to Steepletop, the historic home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay. Residencies during April–November are offered free of charge and include private bedrooms and studios, groceries, and chef-prepared dinners.

Location: Hudson Valley, NY

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Residency Period: The October deadline is for residencies in May, June, and July.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

The American-Scandinavian Foundation offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

Location: Scandinavia 

Deadline: November 1, 2020


Hypatia-in-the-Woods was created to provide physical and mental space, solitude, and time for women to pursue their creative endeavors, undistracted by the everyday demands of a job, family, or other obligations. Open to artists, writers, and academics to experience the tranquil setting of Holly House, the small cottage that serves as our residential retreat and study center.

Location: Shelton, WA

Deadline: November 15, 2020

NES Artist Residency

NES Artist Residency was founded in March 2008 in Skagaströnd, a small town in northwest Iceland. As one of the largest residencies in Iceland, NES currently hosts between 90 and 120 artists per year, providing artists with a workspace, living quarters, and the freedom to create as they wish.

Location: Skagaströnd, Iceland

Deadline: Rolling

Residency Period: 1–2 months

The Mesa Refuge Residency

Mesa Refuge welcomes a diverse group of writers, filmmakers, audio journalists, and other creatives—both emerging and established—who are defining and/or offering solutions to the pressing issues of our time. Particularly, the residency supports writers focusing on “ideas at the edge” of the areas of nature, human economy, and social equity.

Location: Point Reyes, CA

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Buinho Residency Program

A communal space where creatives of any discipline can work on their projects. The creative residencies program is an opportunity to live and work in the town of Messejana for a period of up to three months.

Location: Messejana, Portugal

Deadline: Rolling 

Residency Period: The minimum duration of each residency is two weeks and maximum is three months.

Vermont Studio Center

The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984 with the intention of fostering creativity through community, collaboration, and quiet reflection supported by the unspoiled beauty of the northern Green Mountains. Various fellowships for multiple disciplines are available.

Location: Johnson, VT 

Deadline: Rolling

Wormfarm Institute

Dedicated to integrating culture and agriculture, the Wormfarm Institute is an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology, and fertile ground for creative work. The institute explores links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. 

Location: Reedsburg, WI

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round; however, the primary review period is January 1–February 28, 2021.

Residency Period: Sessions are offered each month and last 3 1/2 weeks. Wormfarm Institute also offers two 12-day sessions in June and September.

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Fort Hamilton Gatehouse, Green-Wood Residency, Brooklyn, New York.

Visual Arts

100 West Corsicana [NEW!]

Artists and writers are granted residencies to work and live within downtown Corsicana, Texas at 100 West, a preserved 1890s Odd Fellows Lodge. Corsicana Residency awards several applicants residencies with full funding each year.

Location: Corsicana, Texas

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Residency Period: 1–3 months

Women’s Studio Workshop—Studio Residency Grant

The Studio Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to create new work in any of our studio disciplines: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics. WSW invites applications from artists at any stage in their careers.

This grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $500 for materials used during the residency, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can also provide technical advice and production assistance.

Location: Rosendale, NY

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Residency Period: 6–8 weeks

Green-Wood Cemetery Artist-in-Residence

This nine-month residency will offer one artist the opportunity to create a new project or body of work inspired by the natural landscape, monuments, and history of Green-Wood Cemetery. 

The residency is open to emerging or mid-career artists residing in New York City and working in the visual and/or performing arts. The artist will be provided a $7,500 honorarium, private studio space in the landmarked Fort Hamilton Gatehouse, and access to the Cemetery’s professional staff and archives and historical collections. 

Location: Brooklyn, NY 

Deadline: September 2, 2020 

Residency Period: January–September 2021

Princeton Arts Fellowship

Open to early-career artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise. Princeton Arts Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1–July 1) at Princeton University, and formal teaching is expected.

Location: Princeton, NJ

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Women’s Studio Workshop—Ora Schneider Regional Residency Grant

The Ora Schneider Regional Grant is a month-long residency for artists residing in Greene, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties.

WSW awards this residency to two artists who may choose to work in any of their studio disciplines. Priority will be given to artists with experience and a working knowledge of etching, intaglio, or monoprint; letterpress; papermaking; screenprinting; photography; or ceramics.

This grant includes a $1,500 stipend and 24/7 studio access. We understand that applicants may not be close enough for a daily commute, so free onsite housing can also be arranged.

Location: Rosendale, NY

Deadline: October 15, 2020

Women’s Studio Workshop—Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Residency

The Women’s Studio Workshops’s Art-in-Education program (AIE) is a model for arts education and operates in conjunction with the Kingston City School District. AIE provides a high-quality arts experience by bringing students to a professional artist’s workspace and giving them concentrated time to learn printmaking, papermaking, and book arts.

Location: Rosendale, NY

Deadline: October 15, 2020

Foundwork Artist Prize

This prize is designed to provide financial support for the winner’s practice and at the same time further Foundwork’s mission to create opportunities for artists regardless of their prior network or recognition. The winner will receive an unrestricted $10,000 grant as well as a studio visit with each of the jurors to cultivate a dialogue around the winner’s work.

Deadline: There is no separate application for the Foundwork Artist Prize. In order to participate and be considered, an artist only needs to meet the eligibility criteria and have a published profile on Foundwork, with at least five published artworks, throughout the selection period: October 15–November 30, 2020.

Center for Book Arts Artist-in-Residence

The Center for Book Arts offers Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grants for New York Emerging Artists. Up to five New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time, and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist’s books and related work in year-long residencies.

Location: New York, NY

Deadline: October 18, 2020

NARS Foundation International Artist Residency

The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) residency supports emerging and mid-career artists and curators working across all disciplines through three and six-month residencies. The program is open to both international and US-based artists, creating a shared space for artistic dialogue and international cultural exchange for an extended period of time.

Location: New York, NY

Deadline: Rolling 

Dr. Eva Kahan Arts Residence Program

This grant supports a month long creative period between November and May for artists, with a focus on fine artists from the Central European region. At any one time a maximum of three resident artists can receive the monthly financial support of 1.250 EUR, use the artists’ studio, and also the motor vehicle which belongs to the estate.

Location: San Sano, Tuscany.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship [NEW!]

The Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is one of four categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in United States. Awards of $20,000 will be granted to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

​Blackacre Writing Residency, Louisville, Kentucky.​

Blackacre Writing Residency at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead, Louisville, Kentucky.


Experimental Sound Studio [NEW!]

The ESS Chicago 2020-21 Artist-in-Residency program was created to remove barriers and increase access to equitable funding and performance opportunities for Midwest-based contemporary musicians and sound artists. Conceived as a “residency without walls,” the Artist-In-Residency Program will enable pt.fwd to assist artists with needs-based financial support during the creation of a new work and encourage community participation in the creative process. Through the Program, ESS will add two public performances to its annual calendar, provide critical early-stage financial support to ambitious artists, and create two new opportunities for community members to directly engage with contemporary art-makers.

Deadline: August 31, 2020


Oroboro: Penrose Poetry Prize [NEW!]

The Oroboro Penrose Poetry Prize is open to LGBTQIA+ writers. $200, $100, and $50 cash will be awarded to three winners and works will be published in a special Penrose volume of Oroboro, with a special note about the first place work from guest judge, Mateo Lara.

Deadline: August 22, 2020

Bard Fiction Prize

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Submit three copies of a published book of fiction and a curriculum vitae by July 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Deadline: July 30, 2020

Brooklyn Public Library 2020 Poet-in-Residence

Brooklyn Public Library is accepting applications to be its first-ever Poet-in-Residence, teachers/curators dedicated to literary civic engagement strongly encouraged to apply. The Resident will receive a stipend of $5,000, among other benefits.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Residency Period: September 20, 2020–May 1, 2021

Shearing Fellowships for Emerging Writers—Black Mountain Institute and The Believer

For writers who have at least one book published by a trade press or a significant literary press, this fellowship includes a semester-long letter of appointment, an honorarium of $18,000, office space on the campus of UNLV, and subsidized housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas—home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s leading independent bookstore. 

Application: Applications for the 2021–2022 cycle will open July 31, 2020.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book of fiction or creative nonfiction. The residency provides lodging in Bucknell’s Poets’ Cottage and a $5,000 stipend. 

Location: Lewisburg, PA

Application: Applications will open in late August, 2020.

Stormé DeLarverie Writing Residency

This six-to-seven-day residency is for poetry or prose writers from underrepresented groups. Applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, both American and international, including Native peoples, as well as disabled people and those who identify as LGBTQ+).

Location: Louisville, KY / Boone, NC

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Residency Period:  6–7 days 

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry

This annual competition sponsors the publication of a poetry collection by a woman who has yet to publish a full-length poetry book. The winner receives an advance of $1,000 and publication of her collection by Persea.

Deadline: Submissions are accepted via Submittable between September 1 and October 31.

Baltic Writers Workshop—Scotland Residency

The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides for one week during the summer or fall in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage containing three bedrooms. The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage and a $500 cash prize.

Location: Brora, Scotland

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Residency Period: 1 week

Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes twelve emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine or cultural website last year. Each of the twelve winning writers receives a cash prize of $2,000 and the independent book publisher Catapult will publish the twelve winning stories in an annual anthology entitled The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories.

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Rockvale “Believe” Fellowship

Rockvale Writers’ Colony exists to support, promote, and educate writers of all backgrounds who write in any genre. The Rockvale “Believe” Fellowship is a new fellowship opportunity for creative non-fiction writers who are writing about serious illness.

Location: College Grove, TN

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Baltic Writing Residency

Baltic is the host of five residencies that take place around the world: Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; the village of Brora on the eastern coast of the Scottish Highlands; Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead in Kentucky; and a residency devoted to underrepresented writers takes places in either the Old Louisville neighborhood of Louisville, KY, or in the woods of Asheville, NC. Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply. 

Location: Various

Deadline: London: Rolling, Blackacre and Scotland: September 15, 2020, Sweden: Jan 21, 2021 

Residency Period: London residencies are two to three weeks. Blackacre residencies are dependent, in part, on the institution’s overall schedule of visiting artists and writers.  Scotland residencies are one week during the summer or fall. Sweden residencies are three to four weeks.

Black Mountain Institute/Believer Shearing Fellowship

For writers who have at least one book published by a trade press or a significant literary press, this fellowship includes a semester-long letter of appointment, an honorarium of $18,000, office space on the campus of UNLV, and subsidized housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Residency Period: 2021–2022 Academic Year

Rockvale Writers’ Colony

Rockvale Writers’ Colony exists to support, promote, and educate writers of all backgrounds who write in any genre.

Location: College Grove, TN

Deadline: Rolling

Residency Period: Duration is up to the applicant.

Blackacre Writing Residency

The Blackacre Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, three-hundred-acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. The writer receives a $200 honorarium and resides for one-to-two weeks in a furnished house on the grounds, offering all of the modern domestic necessities.

Location: Louisville, KY

Deadline: Rolling

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