Princeton Arts Fellowship

The next application cycle will begin on July 1, 2022.

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 $86,000 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.

To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae, a 500-word statement about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career and how you would contribute to Princeton’s arts community through teaching and/or production, contact information for three references (should the search committee choose to contact references, please do not request letters or have letters sent in advance of a request from the search committee), and work samples (i.e., a writing sample, images of your work, video links to performances, etc.). You are also encouraged to submit an optional 300-word diversity and inclusion statement as part of your application package.

As part of your submitted application materials, we encourage all applicants to describe their experiences with encouraging diversity and inclusion in their artistic practice, teaching and/or research in the past and present, and their ability to make future contributions. Any submitted statement should include their potential for supporting the Lewis Center’s commitment to diversity and to furthering equitable practices within the arts as well as their potential to mentor and educate students from backgrounds underrepresented in the candidate’s artistic field.

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

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


Latest Announcement

Princeton Arts Fellows for 2022-24 Announced: Choreographer, educator, and disability advocate Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez and singer-songwriter-storyteller Kamara Thomas — March 7, 2022

2022-24 Princeton Arts Fellows

Choreographer, educator, and disability advocate Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez
Singer, songwriter, and storyteller Kamara Thomas

2021-23 Princeton Arts Fellows

Interdisciplinary tap dance artist Michael J. Love
Filmmaker/visual artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Comedian, actress and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid

2020-22 Princeton Arts Fellows

Theater director Will Davis
Writer Danez Smith

2019-21 Princeton Arts Fellows

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

2018-20 Princeton Arts Fellows

Composer/lyricist César Alvarez
Sound artist/musician Jess Rowland

2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellows

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


2016-18 Princeton Arts Fellows

2015-17 Princeton Arts Fellows

Documentary filmmaker Pacho Velez
Choreographer/director Pavel Zuštiak

2014-16 Princeton Arts Fellows

Playwright Aaron Landsman
Writer Hanna Pylväinen

2013-15 Princeton Arts 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.