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UNCSA Grants and Fellowships

For assistance, please email Joe Mount, at mountj@uncsa.edu.

Career Development Grants

Through the UNCSA Career Development Grant Program, limited financial assistance is available to students for projects that promise to impact career opportunities. Grants are available for future projects, as well as retroactive funding for projects that have already been completed. The maximum amount awarded per grant will be $500. Only one application submission per funding round is permitted. More than one application per project and per person will not be considered.

Each school has a set of guidelines for determining the type of projects that are appropriate for funding.  Proposals must have a positive impact upon the student's professional career plans. You may consult your arts advisor, major teacher or Career Development Committee representative for assistance. No funding for equipment or curriculum requirements will be considered. 

  • School of Dance: Further education through summer festivals, competitions or auditions, photographs for dance résumés
  • School of Design & Production: Portfolio preparation (also applies to Visual Arts), workshops, professional conferences, internships, interviews, competitions and exhibitions and other activities which result in significant career impact and professional development.
  • School of Drama: School interviews (graduating high school students only), workshops, auditions, headshots, and website development.
  • School of Filmmaking: Professional interviews, portfolios, workshops and internships (will not consider funding for production of a film)
  • School of Music: Perform in competitions, professional auditions, and other activities which result in significant career impact and professional development (will not consider funding for school auditions).

Schedule for Career Development Grants- First Round Fall 2014
October 20 (Mon)           Applications available to students online
November 24 (Mon)      Completed applications due to grant committee members by 5:00 p.m. A list of the committee members is found below at the link for Grant Application Information.
December 12 (Friday)    Awards Announced

Schedule for Career Development Grants- Second Round Spring 2015 
March 2 (Mon)      Applications available to students online
March  23  (Mon)  Completed applications due to grant committee members for review
April 10 (Friday)       Awards Announced

Grant Amount: Up to $500

Eligibility: Applicants must be current full-time UNCSA students (high school or College.
Students may not apply for two projects for the same grant round

For further information regarding this program, contact the career services office at mountj@uncsa.edu.

Grant Application

Grant Application Information. Please read before completing an application.

Second Round Spring 2015 Application Available Here

Requesting Funds

If you have been awarded grant funds, and you have completed your project, you may request funds using the following form: Career Development Grant Funds Request

Westward Bound Grant

Established in 2014, the UNCSA Westward Bound Grant, sponsored by UNCSA Alumni West, is an annual $500 grant designed to support undergraduate students transitioning from UNCSA to the West coast. One scholarship each year will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated strong academic performance, outstanding abilities in their art discipline (dance, design & production, drama, filmmaking, music, or visual arts), and an intent to relocate to the West coast to pursue a career in the arts. The fund is sustained by a UNCSA Alumni West funded account with the UNCSA Foundation and is governed by the Steering Committee of UNCSA Alumni West.

Eligibility:
Undergraduate College 4 Class Level
Scheduled to Graduate Spring Term 2015 with a B.F.A. or B.M. degree

Deadlines:
January 19, 2015 - Download the Westward Bound Grant application or contact the UNCSA Alumni Office
March 20, 2015 - Applications due via email to UNCSA Alumni West
May 5, 2015 - Grant Recipient Announced

Questions? Contact: UNCSA Alumni West at UNCSAWEST@GMAIL.COM

UNCSA Fellowships

Penland School of Crafts

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts promotes life-long learning, stimulates experimentation and skill development, and shares Penland's model educational learning environment with UNCSA students and alumni. A total of ten (10) applicants from the UNCSA Visual Arts Program will be selected each year for these Fellowships.

Applications for 2015 have been completed and the Fellowships have been announced.

NEW PROGRAM: 2015-2016 Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT  (A Contemporary Theatre)

The University of North Carolina School for the Arts (UNCSA) and ACT are pleased to announce the 2015 Kenan Directing Fellowship. The Directing Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. ACT (in Seattle WA) is now accepting applications for the very first class of Directing Fellows.
MISSION:
The Directing Fellowship and ACT seek to provide emerging directors with practical knowledge and experience as artists embarking on a career in regional theatre.
Each Directing Fellow is mentored by Artistic Director, John Langs, as well as by the Artistic Fellow Director, and the entire ACT staff, in varying capacities. Mentors support and assist the Fellows through their learning of ACT’s approach to making theatre, and guide the Fellows through the challenges and realities of what it means to be an artist in Seattle. Additionally, the Fellowship supports time to pursue artistic growth, attend performances, and the further development of networking in their professional field. Directing Fellows are also encouraged to apply to produce and develop their own performance project.
ELIGIBILITY:
This six-month Fellowship is open to recent graduates of UNCSA’s Undergraduate and Graduate Degree programs from the School of Drama, from the classes 2011-2015.
To read more and to apply, please click here to download the PDF application and save to your computer.

Kennedy Center

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at The Kennedy Center seeks to provide emerging theater artists with a wide variety of experiences bridging their academic training with the professional theater world. A total of up to five (5) candidates from the UNCSA Schools of Drama and Design and Production classes of 2010-2015 will be selected for the Fellowship position.

Applications for 2015-16 Kennedy Center Fellowship

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Interviews will be held on the UNCSA campus on Monday, March 16, 2015.
Applicants who are accepted for interviews wil be notifiedby email during the week of Spring Break.

For further information regarding this program, contact the Career Services office at mountj@uncsa.edu

Lincoln Center Education

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education (formerly Lincoln Center Institute) seeks to provide emerging artists with knowledge of aesthetic education that will prepare them for work as artists in the field of arts and education. A total of six (6) candidates from the UNCSA Schools of Dance, Drama and Music classes of will be selected each year for the Fellowship positions. Current students and alumni from the classes of 2015, 2014 and 2013 are eligible.

Application and Description for 2015-16 LCE Fellowship.

Deadline for application is March 9. UNCSA Interviews will be held on campus March 26 and 27. New York interviews will be scheduled March 30 and 31.

For further information regarding this program, contact the career services office at mountj@uncsa.edu.

WGBH Boston/Kenan Fellowship

Winston-Salem, NC and Boston, MA
Information to be announced.

Semans Art Fund

The Semans Art Fund is a private foundation that provides funding to current UNCSA students for summer study, special projects, research, and performances, building upon the resources of UNCSA in imaginative ways. To the greatest extent possible, projects should be designed to benefit the campus community and audiences of the School. All student applications must be submitted through their respective Arts Dean (not directly to The Semans Art Fund). Guidelines and an application form will be sent to each current UNCSA student’s school e-mail account and also may be obtained in each of the Arts Deans’ offices. An application is available at this link: 2015 SAF Student Application.

Guidelines and an application form will be sent to each current UNCSA student’s school e-mail account and also may be obtained in each of the Arts Deans’ offices.

This grant-awarding cycle will support projects for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016. 

Deadlines:

Friday,  February 20, 2015: Student Applications due to Arts Deans

Friday, March 7, 2015:  Students and Arts Deans Applications due from Arts Deans to The Semans Art Fund

Saturday, April 11, 2015:  The Semans Art Fund Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, April 17, 2015: Awards Announced

Questions? Contact:  Elaine Pruitt, pruittelaine@gmail.com or 336-287-7463