Get to Know Fellowships: Free Funding for Virginia’s Artists and Art Historians

Come by the Academy Center of the Arts on September 27 from 5-6 PM and learn more about the VMFA Fellowship Program with this free discussion open to practicing and aspiring artists and art historians. Statewide Manager, Jeffrey Allison will provide a history of the program and review the eligibility requirements as well as helpful hints for navigating the application process.

Click here for more information and to access the general application form.

About Visual Arts Fellowships 2018-19

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded nearly $5.5 million in Fellowships to Virginians.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. 2015 marked the 75th anniversary! Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund.


Professional Individual| $8,000
Professional Collaborative| $8,000
  • Professional artists who can clearly demonstrate a history of ongoing collaboration may apply together for one fellowship.

  • Collaborating winners will receive one $8,000 fellowship to divide among themselves.

Graduate (Individual only) | $6,000
  • Includes Art History.

Undergraduate (Individual only) | $4,000
  • Individual only. Includes College bound high school seniors.

Graduate | Undergraduate Half-year | $3,000 | $2,000 (Individual only)
  • Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $3,000 for graduate students and $2,000 for undergraduate students) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December 2018.

Deadline to submit the application is 5 PM, November 3, 2017