New York Fellowship

Applications are currently closed.

In addition to the general eligibility guidelines described on the Fellowships & Grants page, the following guidelines are currently in effect for this program:

Length: 6 months
Schedule: 2 annual cohorts starting July and January
Who: Artists, humanities scholars, arts professionals
Eligible Fields: Eligible fields
Travel Type: Asia-to-U.S.
Applications invited from: Varies by application cycle
Support Services: Housing, J-1 visa sponsorship, health insurance, programmatic guidance

The New York Fellowship is a 6-month grant which takes place in New York City. Fellows may seek new creative inspiration through open-ended exploration, participate in workshops or training programs, or conduct focused research. A group of fellows participate in the program at any given time, forming a supportive community and providing additional opportunities for dialogue and collaboration across countries and fields. One cohort begins in January and another cohort begins in July. ACC provides full funding and comprehensive logistical and programmatic support so that fellows have the time and freedom to immerse themselves in the cultural life of New York City.

ACC staff will provide guidance and help arrange a program of activities tailored to the individual goals and interests of each fellow. This may include:

  • An orientation to New York City and regular advice on cultural events, resources, and other opportunities
  • Introductions to relevant contacts in the ACC network and help requesting meetings outside the ACC network
  • Assistance planning travel to other parts of the country
  • Placement in an institutional program* or with a dedicated advisor
  • Opportunities to reflect through meetings with staff and presentations to other fellows in the program
  • Connection with ACC mentor

*At ACC’s discretion, some visual artists and curators may be placed in a studio or non-studio residency as a site for community, dialogue, and expert recommendations about New York’s art scene. Artists are not expected to create new work or seek gallery representation, and the program does not offer support for these activities.

If you are eligible to apply for an ACC fellowship, your application will be reviewed by a panel of experts. The criteria below will be used to evaluate the strength of each proposal.

Criteria Evaluation

1. Artistic / Professional Excellence (20%)

  • Outstanding artistic qualifications and achievements
  • Strong potential for future success

2. Leadership Capacity (20%)

  • History of leadership roles
  • Intention to continue building leadership capacity
3. Innovativeness / Creative Thinking (20%)
  • Demonstrated innovativeness/creative thinking in past work and in the fellowship proposal
4. Connecting Communities (20%)
  • Enriched community life through artistic work
  • Engaged with communities
  • Demonstrated potential for building community partnerships in the future
5. Contribution to Knowledge within the Field (10%)
  • Made significant contributions to artistic field
  • Intends to make contributions in the future through the fellowship experience
6. Building Arts Resources and Infrastructure (10%)
  • Made significant contributions to the development of skills, expertise, arts infrastructure, or field in the host country or home country

To be selected for the program, applicants must:

  • Show artistic, scholarly, or professional excellence and potential for continued growth
  • Be positioned to share their fellowship experience or its outcomes to influence a larger community or field
  • Be independent, resourceful, curious, open-minded, and eager to explore outside the boundaries of their training
  • Demonstrate compelling need for this opportunity at this specific time in their life and career
  • Speak enough English to participate in conversation and form relationships

Applicants may apply with a focused research project, but open-ended exploration is also allowed and encouraged. Examples of common activities include:

  • Observing contemporary trends in an art practice or best practices in a professional field
  • Exploring across fields or disciplines
  • Seeking creative inspiration by attending performances, exhibitions, or other cultural events
  • Participating in specialized workshops or training
  • Meeting peers to exchange knowledge and ideas
  • Traveling to other parts of the U.S.

If selected, fellows are expected to:

  • Commit to the program schedule after a start date has been set and minimize outside commitments during the program
  • Take the initiative to pursue interests and follow up on staff recommendations

Please note the following restrictions:

  • This program is not intended for creating new work, exhibiting, performing, presenting, or other public activities.
  • Previous participants in the six-month New York Fellowship Program are not eligible to reapply.
  • For travel to the U.S. lasting less than six months, applicants should apply for the Individual Fellowship Program, even if they plan to spend that time in New York.

Refer to the Fellowships & Grants page for an explanation of the allowable use of funds and other general information. Frequently asked questions are answered in the FAQ.

How to Apply

Please note that applications for the latest funding cycle were due on March 31, 2022. Updated guidelines will be posted here when the next application cycle opens.