Opportunities

Student Summer Funding Opportunities

Each year, the Lewis Center for the Arts provides students the opportunity to spend the summer pursuing a project in the creative and performing arts. Current first-year students, sophomores or juniors may submit applications for course, travel*, and/or thesis research costs related to their studies. Award winners and amounts are determined by a committee of Lewis Center faculty members.

Summer Funding for 2020-21

Student Summer Funding applications are closed for 2020-21. Students were notified of funding decisions in April. Scroll down to the application form at the bottom of this page.

NEW this year — the Lewis Center is accepting applications for community-based summer projects in the arts.

*Any travel considerations for 2021 will be in accordance with University COVID-19 travel guidelines. Currently, travel is not being permitted. We are advising students to include versions of proposed projects that don’t include travel, so that funds could be put to use in the event that travel restrictions aren’t lifted. If travel does become possible late summer, fall or over winter break (December 2021/January 2022), please include in your proposal how you would use these funds.

Learn more about Summer Funding from LCA Chair Tracy K. Smith:

Recorded as part of the Summer Funding Virtual Workshop held in December 2020.

 

SUMMER RESEARCH FUNDING AWARDS MADE POSSIBLE BY:

Students need not apply for any particular funding source when proposing a project. The committee will determine what funding source is used for each student’s project.

 


For information about prizes awarded by the faculty in recognition of outstanding work — which are not open to application — see Student Prizes Awarded for Excellence.

Travel Information

Student travel considerations for 2021 will be in accordance with University COVID-19 travel guidelinesCurrently, travel is not being permitted. We are advising students to include versions of proposed projects that don’t include travel, so that funds could be put to use in the event that travel restrictions aren’t lifted. If travel does become possible late summer, fall or over winter break (December 2021/January 2022), please include in your proposal how you would use these funds.

Application Requirements

Written Proposal

Please describe why you are requesting funding* from the Lewis Center. Your 1,000 word maximum proposal must include:

  • Description of the original work that will evolve from your use of the funding
  • Explanation of how your academic studies are related to this project
  • A financial budget and description of how you will use the funding
  • Indicate if you have requested or received funding for this proposal from any other department

* Students need not apply for any particular funding source when proposing a project. The committee will determine what funding source is used for each student’s project.

Supporting Document Requirements
  • Creative Writing—Please submit a writing sample of no more than ten (10) pages of your best poetry, prose fiction (double-spaced), translation OR screenwriting.
  • Dance/Theater—Supporting materials to be furnished if needed, upon request from the committee.
  • Visual Arts—Please attach a PDF containing images of recent work with captions or provide links to 5 minutes of video or performance work uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube.

** Please Note: Any equipment purchased in relation to a project will remain property of the University.

Apply

Applications are now closed. Deadline for summer 2021 applications was March 12 at 4 PM (ET).

 

Questions?

Please contact Crystal Napoli
Academic Administrator
N204 Arts Tower
Lewis Arts complex
122 Alexander Street
crystalh@princeton.edu