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Professional-Development Fellowships for Graduate Students

About the Program

Kate Louise Peterson, Untitled, silver gelatin print, 20 x 16 in. (artwork © Kate Louise Peterson). Peterson received a CAA fellowship in 2013

CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships support promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $5,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.

Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.

CAA initiated its fellowship program in 1993 to help student artists and art historians bridge the gap between their graduate studies and professional careers.

Are You Eligible?

CAA seeks applications from students who are current members; are citizens or permanent residents of the United States; will receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year following the year of application (2014 for the next fellowship cycle); and have outstanding capabilities and demonstrate distinction in approach, technique, or perspective in their contribution to art history and the visual arts. A jury of artists, curators, and other professionals will review all applications in fall 2013 and announce the recipients in January 2014.

How to Apply

Steve Gurysh, still from In the valley of the shadow, 2011, HD video, 30:46 min. (artwork © Steve Gurysh). Gurysh won a CAA fellowship in 2013

Please download the MFA or PhD application forms, review the specifications, and follow the instructions to complete your submission. Portions of the 2014 application, as indicated on the forms, must be submitted on CD. All applications materials must be sent by mail and postmarked by Tuesday, October 1, 2013. CAA will send notifications in January 2014.


For more information about the CAA fellowship program, please contact Michael Fahlund, CAA deputy director, at 212-392-4401.

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