Frequently Asked Questions: Travel and Study Grant Program

May I apply to this program to tour/perform/teach/exhibit my work?

No. This is NOT a production grant program, nor a program that supports teaching, touring or performing. This is a grant program that emphasizes individual exploration, study, and growth. In describing the purpose of your proposed trip, use a strong, personal voice that underscores your commitment to this venture. Proposals to attend a performance, book launch or screening of your work are not eligible.

Do I have to have detialed information about my trip?

Yes. Specific information is important, including exactly where you will travel and with whom you will meet or study. Confirmation and/or acceptance letters from people and organizations you intend to visit are very helpful to your request; however, they are not required. Detailed budget information is also important. Don’t guesstimate!

Is there a format that is preferred for the requested résumé?

No. While there is not a required format, there is required information. Résumés should include complete information on arts training (if relevant) and experience with dates and locations for listed experiences. For each project, it is important to identify exactly what your role has been on the project. It is important to list work you have generated separate from work in which you participated but were not the leading, generative artist. For example, list works you have choreographed, written or directed, and separate them from works for which you have been a dancer, editor or performer.

How critical is the work sample?

Work samples are a critical part of the application. Submit your best work, as selection is based on quality of work, eligibility, and the strength of the travel proposal. Requirements for formatting are strictly applied. Not following them will make your application ineligible. If you are applying for a learning experience not directly connected to your work samples, it is important that you make a connection between the sample and your project for the panel through a written statement. Student work samples are not eligible.

How detailed does the budget need to be?

Be as specific as possible about expenses. If necessary, attach a separate explanation sheet and summarize on the cover sheet. If awarded a grant, you will not be allowed to reduce the duration of your trip or to change the amounts and types of expense allocations.

How competitive is this grant?

Of the three disciplines offered this year, literature has historically been the most competitive. The competitive level of other disciplines will be contingent on the number of applications received. In 2016, 193 applications were received in the three disciplines of dance, literature and film/video/digital production and 28 grants awarded.

How important is the applicant (artist or administrator) statement?

Very important. Providing an artist statement is critical to the panel in understanding your work and your goals, which are part of the review criteria.

Are others allowed to accompany me on a Travel Study trip?

You may apply to travel with an artistic collaborator. If applying with a collaborator, each person must meet all eligibility requirements. Résumés and work samples must be provided for all applicants. If the cost of the trip exceeds funds provided through the Travel and Study Grant Program, collaborators must prove that they have sufficient funds to take the trip. Family members cannot be included in the budget unless you are applying with them as a collaborator.

What kind of information do I need to provide for travel involving a seminar, workshop, or conference?

You should attach a PDF or copy of the conference or workshop brochure and schedule as part of your application.

May I request feedback on my application?

We acknowledge, with appreciation, the time and effort you spent in preparing an application. Jerome staff provides information on the panel process, factors used in deliberations, and the full extent of any feedback available in the letters following the review process. Given the large number of applicants to this program, direct feedback in limited. We ask applicants not to contact panelists or Jerome Foundation or HRK Foundation staffs for further information.

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