We offer over 200 fellowships per year to artists and writers of outstanding talent. A fellowship covers the full cost of a VSC residency (some awards also include an additional stipend for travel/lost income/etc).
At each of our three annual deadlines (February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st), our fellowship offerings change. In addition to some donor-driven awards with special eligibility requirements, there are always a number of general, merit-based VSC fellowships for which all applicants are considered. Join our mailing list to receive email updates about upcoming awards.
Portfolios and manuscripts are reviewed blind by a panel of professional artists and writers, respectively. Applicants will be notified as to the status of their applications 8-12 weeks after the deadline has closed.
Each deadline has different jurors with different tastes, so we encourage applicants who do not receive a fellowship award to consider reapplying at a future deadline.
We also offer financial aid packages to talented artists and writers whose work was well-regarded by our jurors, but who were not awarded a fellowship. More than 90% of our residents qualify for financial aid and would not be able to attend VSC without this support.
Our financial aid packages cover up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of a residency (the total amount of our aid packages varies based on a combination of merit, need, and time of year; the maximum aid is more readily available for residencies scheduled between November and April).
We offer merit-based grant funding to all qualified applicants as well as additional need-based aid in the form of community service exchanges. A community service exchange requires 10 hours/week of service to the community (such as kitchen, office, or housekeeping assistance) in exchange for a fee reduction of $150/week.
The total cost of supporting an artist or writer for 4 weeks at VSC is $4,700, which includes a private bedroom, 24-hour access to a private studio space, access to our Visiting Artists and Writers program, 20 hot meals per week, and round-the-clock fresh fruit, hot and cold beverages, and breakfast cereal.
No VSC resident is required to pay this cost in full. All successful applicants' residency fees are subsidized thanks to the generous support of our donors and foundation partners.
The current full (subsidized) fee is $3,950* for a 4-week residency and ranges down to $0 for those who are awarded a fellowship. Financial support is available to 100% of admitted residents who request it.
*We are very grateful to any residents who opt to pay this fee in full, as it allows us to offer more financial assistance to talented artists and writers who would otherwise be unable to attend our program.