How to Apply


APPLICATION PROCESS (Applications for the 2019–20 program are closed)

The application for the Artist Fellowship program is through Submittable.

On or after December 22, 2017, go to to find the link to your discipline-specific application. The Jerome Foundation uses the Submittable platform for its applications. Once you login or create a new user account with Submittable, you will be able to save and return to your application later. You may only apply using the online system.

Submittable meets the Level AA standard according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Learn more about the accessibility of the application form.

Applicants may submit only one application per round, either as an individual or as part of a collective or ensemble. Any artist who is listed as an applicant in more than one application will be declared ineligible and eliminated from consideration in all such applications.

Application materials include:

  • Artistic experience (template provided): instead of asking for a bio or CV, we ask all applicants to complete the form provided in the application.
  • Work samples (discipline-specific instructions provided): please see the application for the specific work sample requirements outlined in the Application Guide. Please note that work samples must be completed outside of the time you were enrolled as a student (if applicable).
  • Questions about your art and artmaking: we ask applicants to answer questions about artistic goals and focus, the inspiration for applying to the Fellowship at this particular time, and how the Fellowship will support continued creative and professional development.

Please note that applicants will not submit budgets as part of the application process. Those applicants chosen to be grantees will be asked to provide a general budget and fellowship plan for the use of funds before those funds can be released. Applicants therefore are urged to think about general priorities and how funds might be used well in advance of the grant notification deadline.

While work samples will remain the property of the applicant, all other application materials will be considered property of the Jerome Foundation and will become part of its permanent, publicly accessible archive. Applications are restricted from general public access for 50 years from the time of submission, although the applicant and the Foundation may jointly agree to grant an individual researcher earlier access to materials on a case-by-case basis.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered and will be rejected. Once applications are submitted, they may not be edited or altered. Applications must be submitted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by 4 pm Central/5 pm Eastern Time.



Applications will be reviewed by panels of experts, with each discipline evaluated by a separate panel. Panelists are charged with recommending a slate of grantees and alternates to the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, who retain sole authority to award or decline grants.

Panelists consider all elements of the application. They do not consider materials beyond those submitted by the applicant, although they may bring their personal experience to bear if they have attended public presentations of work by the artist.

Panelists consider three and only three criteria:

1. Artistic Merit

Artistic merit is the most important of the three criteria. Applicants whose work is not competitive, as evidenced by the work samples and artistic experience information, will not be considered in the final round and will not be assessed on the remaining two criteria.

Artistic merit is demonstrated through work that is:

  • imaginative, rigorous, and well-executed;
  • technically proficient and exhibits a high level of craft;
  • compelling and has a distinctive vision and authentic voice;
  • connects with intended audiences/participants;
  • engaging aesthetically and experientially;
  • bold and risk-taking;
  • pushing at the boundary of the art form;
  • expanding artistic practice within the field and arts community.

2. Commitment and Responsibility

Fellows will provide evidence of:

  • Having created multiple works that have been presented to the public (beyond any student work, if applicable);
  • Consistent motivation and diligence in pursuit of work over a multi-year period.

3. Impact

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • The potential for the Fellowship to contribute to the artist(s)’ work, creative skills and/or career development;
  • The reasons that the Fellowship occurs at an optimal time in the artist’s development or career
  • The potential of the artist’s work to expand the artistic field in which they are working and/or inspire the communities who are served by/engaged in the work.

In reaching the final roster of Fellows and alternates, panels are charged to think, not only of the ability of every finalist to meet each criterion strongly, but of recommending a cohort of Fellows that collectively capture the diversity (including aesthetic, cultural, racial, gender, geographic, relative scale and genre, among other factors) of the larger arts field.




Join Jerome Foundation President Ben Cameron for info sessions in New York City between January 28 and February 26 and Program Director Eleanor Savage for info sessions in Minnesota between February 20 and March 7. When announced, additional info sessions will be posted here or you can sign up for e-newsletter announcements.

Jerome staff held a one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 22. You can view the recording below. You can also watch discipline-specific webinars, walking through eligibility, work sample requirements, and technical how-tos on Vimeo.


Please contact Foundation staff to ask questions and to discuss potential applications. Contact Program Director Eleanor Savage with program-specific questions.

Contact Grants Administrator Andrea Brown with any technical questions or issues or general questions about the guidelines.

The Foundation’s main telephone line is 651-224-9431; office hours are 9 am–4:30 pm Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (excepting holidays).

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