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 $6 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. 2023 marks the 83rd anniversary! Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund.
2024–25 Fellowship Application – Opens June 1, 2023Apply Now
Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2023 at 5 PM
There is no application fee!
A complete application includes:
- Applicant’s basic Information (name, contact info, etc.)
- Transcript (Graduate or Undergraduate Fellowship applicants only)
- Work Samples (images/videos/research papers)
- Work Sample Details (title, date, dimensions, etc. of each submitted work)
- Artist Statement (200 words maximum)
Incomplete applications and applications not received by the deadline will not be considered. Please be sure to allow the appropriate amount of time—based on your upload speed—to upload all samples of your work well before the 5 pm deadline.
Paper applications will not be considered. Please contact the Fellowship Office if you need any assistance completing the online application.
- The 2024-25 Fellowship period runs from May 2024–May 2025.
- When selecting the category to which you wish to apply, please remember to base your decision on what your student status will be during the Fellowship period, rather than your status at the time you submit your application.
- Art History is only included as a discipline in the Graduate category.
Professional Individual | $8,000
Any artist can be a professional artist as long as they are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program during the Fellowship period of May 2024–May 2025. This includes Undergraduate and Graduate students graduating May 2024 who do not plan to enroll in a degree-seeking program within the following year.
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
Graduate applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program for the entire academic year of Aug 2024–May 2025 at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. 1st year and 2nd year graduate students that meet the qualification are allowed to apply. If you plan to graduate May 2024, and do not plan to enroll in a degree-seeking program within the following year, apply for a Professional Fellowship.
Undergraduate (Individual only) | $4,000
Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program for the entire academic year of Aug 2024–May 2025 at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. High school seniors, graduating in June 2024 and planning to be enrolled in a full-time degree-seeking program the entire academic year of Aug 2024–May 2025, are eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Fellowship.
Half-year Student | $3,000 (Graduate)| $2,000 (Undergraduate)
Full-time students in their final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December 2024 will automatically be considered for a half-year fall semester Fellowship (worth $3,000 for graduate students and $2,000 for undergraduate students).