Princeton Arts Fellowship

The next application cycle will open in July 2021.

Princeton Arts Fellowships, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, David E. Kelley Society of Fellows in the Arts, and the Maurice R. Greenberg Scholarship Fund, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists–this list is not meant to be exhaustive–who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Princeton Arts Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University and formal teaching is expected. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, our expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

An $84,000 a year stipend is provided. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

All applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, a personal statement of 500 words about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career, and contact information for three references. In addition, work samples are requested to be submitted online (i.e., writing sample, images of your work, video links to performances, etc.)

Applicants can only apply for the Princeton Arts Fellowship twice in a lifetime.

Questions? Please consult our FAQ or email lca-fellowships@princeton.edu.



Princeton Arts Fellows for 2020-22 Announced: Theater director Will Davis and writer Danez Smith — April 20, 2020

2020-22 Fellows

Theater director Will Davis
Writer Danez Smith

2019-21 Fellows

Writer/oral historian Nyssa Chow
Interdisciplinary artist Ani Liu
Choreographer Netta Yerushalmy

2018-20 Fellows

Composer/lyricist César Alvarez
Sound artist/musician Jess Rowland

2017-19 Fellows

Lighting/projection designer David Bengali
Performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Writer Erika L. Sánchez


2016-18 Fellows

2015-17 Fellows

Documentary filmmaker Pacho Velez
Choreographer/director Pavel Zuštiak

2014-16 Fellows

Playwright Aaron Landsman
Writer Hanna Pylväinen

2013-15 Fellows

Graphic designer Danielle Aubert
Percussionist Jason Treuting


Fellowships Contacts

For more information about fellowships at the Lewis Center for the Arts, please contact lca-fellowships@princeton.edu.