July 22, 2015

Applications Now Being Accepted for Artist Fellowships at Princeton University

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is now accepting applications from promising artists in all artistic disciplines for two opportunities, the Hodder Fellowship and the Princeton Arts Fellowship. Details and an online application are posted at our fellowships page. Applications are due by September 14, 2015.

Open to artists demonstrating “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts,” the Hodder Fellowship is awarded to several artists more “for promise than for performance,” enabling them to pursue an independent project for one academic year. No teaching is required. Most fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work. A stipend of $79,000 is offered to Hodder Fellows.

The Princeton Arts Fellowship, funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, enables two early-career artists whose achievements have been recognized for extraordinary promise to spend two consecutive academic years at Princeton University. Fellows teach one course each semester but may also 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, the expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of the University community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year. The Princeton Arts Fellowship provides a salary of $79,000 for each of the two years.

Applications in both programs are open to international artists; U.S. citizenship is not required.

The Hodder Fellowship dates back to the 1940s and was historically awarded only to literary artists. Past recipients include the poet John Berryman (1950) and the critic R.P. Blackmur (1944), as well as novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2005) and Anthony Doerr (2003), whose novel All the Light We Cannot See won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Today, the Hodder is open to artists in all disciplines, and recent fellows have included playwrights, choreographers, filmmakers, and visual artists as well as writers.

The Princeton Arts Fellowship was launched in 2013. The inaugural fellows, composer/percussionist Jason Treuting and graphic designer Danielle Aubert, recently concluded their two-year fellowships. This fall, playwright Aaron Landsman and writer Hanna Pylväinen will begin their second fellowship year while documentary filmmaker Pacho Velez and choreographer/director Pavel Zuštiak arrive on campus to begin their fellowships.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to learn more about the fellowships, current and past fellows, and the application process at our fellowships page.

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