Fellowships

Ragdale is proud to award up to 30 fellowships to outstanding artists each year.

Fellowships help pay for the cost of residency, public programs, travel, and materials. Our fellowships recognize exceptional achievement as well as advance cultural exchange, emerging talent, social justice, and artists with special needs.

The majority of our fellowships are underwritten by individuals on an annual basis. Fellowships support important new works, and they bring artists to our community who might not otherwise be able to join us.

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Fellows receive partial or full coverage for their residency, uninterrupted time, a live/work space, all meals, and the camaraderie of the other committed and passionate residents and fellows at Ragdale.

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Fellows are asked to help us reach out to the community by giving a public reading, lecture, open studio, or similar type of presentation. These events have been successful in sharing the Ragdale vision with students, educators, and the general public.

CREATIVE ACCESS FELLOWSHIP
The Vermont Studio Center, with consortium partners at the Alliance of Artist Communities, PLAYA, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI), is thrilled to announce a $270,000 three-year grant generously funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, to offer Creative Access studio residencies for artists and writers with spinal cord injury (SCI).

The Neilsen Foundation’s Creating Opportunity & Independence Project Grant will fund the 2017-2019 Creative Access Residencies Program, which will greatly expand opportunities for artists and writers with SCI, furthering their creative careers and championing accessibility and inclusiveness for artists with SCI and other disabilities within the larger sector of artist communities/residencies.

This three-year partnership will make the personal creative development, career advancement, artistic exchange, and life-changing experience of a 2- to 8-week studio residency available to as many as 36 talented artists and writers living with spinal cord injury, at one of four residency centers: PLAYA (Oregon), Ragdale (Illinois), SFAI (New Mexico), or VSC (Vermont).

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017 for a residency taking place in 2018

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RUBIN FAMILY FELLOWSHIP WITH COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
The Ragdale Foundation, Columbia College Chicago, and the Rubin Family are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity. Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing faculty and Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing MFA graduates are eligible. This fellowship opportunity will support two writers (one faculty and one recent graduate) 18-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program.
Application deadline: October 15, 2016
Notification: November 15, 2016
Residency Dates: June 19-July 14, 2017 (Session 7) or July 24-August 18, 2017 (Session 8) or other dates mutually agreed upon.
Criteria: Faculty must be current faculty at time of application. Graduates must have graduated between 2005-2015.

ALICE JUDSON HAYES FELLOWSHIP
The Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship is an annual award in memory of Alice Hayes, who created the Ragdale Foundation in what had been her family home. All her life she was committed to working for a just and peaceful world. An 18- or 25-day residency, free of charge, and a $500 stipend will be given to a writer who is working on a project designed to bring awareness to a contemporary issue having to do with peace, social justice, education, or the environment. Projects can be nonfiction or fiction (including journalism, essays, memoir, script-writing, creative nonfiction). No academic writing.

Application deadline: May 15, 2017 for residency taking place in 2018

SCHUMANN FELLOWSHIP
The Ragdale Foundation and Barbra Schumann are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for emerging Cuban visual artists. This fellowship opportunity will support one visual artist with an 18-day or 25-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program. Presentation of a public program may include an artist talk, workshop, or other program and will take place within 18 months of the residency.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2017 for residency taking place in 2017

SYBIL SHEARER FELLOWSHIP
The Ragdale Foundation and the Morrison-Shearer Foundation are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity for dancemakers. This fellowship opportunity will support an individual choreographer and/or dance artist by offering an 18-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program. The residency may be awarded to a collaborative duo if they share a live/work studio. Open to emerging and established practitioners.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2017 for residency taking place in 2017

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  • Alice Judson Hayes Awarded to fiction and nonfiction writers working in social justice, peace, the environment, and education
  • Rubin Family Fellowship with Columbia College Chicago Awarded to two writers: one faculty and one recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago
  • Schumann Fellowship Awarded to an emerging Cuban visual artist
  • Sybil Shearer Fellowship Awarded to a dancer or choreographer who is pursuing new creativity in dance and movement with original, inventive work of quality and technical proficiency that is professionally presented.
  • Creative Access Fellowship Awarded to visual artists and writers living with spinal cord injury.

FELLOWSHIPS BY INVITATION

  • Brown Fellowship for Musical Composition Awarded to a musician or composer selected by the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts
  • Frances Shaw Fellowship Awarded to female writers over 50 years of age
  • Hannah Judy Gretz Fellowship Awarded to contemporary best-selling authors
  • The Prairie Fellowship Awarded to a Writer or visual artist with disability and/or accessibility needs
  • Strnad Invitational Awarded to an author of prominence
  • Sylvia Clare Brown Fellow Awarded to a first-time resident, preferably a writer, with financial need