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Pew Residency Fellowships | Application Guidelines

Pew Fellowships in the Arts





Residency Opportunities


(1) Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Residency at MacDowell
Pew Fellows apply directly to The MacDowell Colony.

September 15, 2017
Application deadline

(2) Pew Consortium of Artist Residencies at The Banff Centre, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Ucross Foundation
Pew Fellows apply May 12 - June 14, 2017 through the Alliance of Artists Communities using the application instructions below. One Pew Fellow will be awarded a residency at each site for the 2018 calendar year.

June 14, 2017
Application deadline

July 2017


Artists who were awarded Pew Fellowships in 2014, 2015, or 2016 are eligible to apply in 2017 for 2018 residencies.

Artists who have already received two Pew Residency Fellowships are not eligible to apply in 2017.

Artists who are accepted by one of the Pew Consortium residency programs in the 2017 cycle may not apply to MacDowell for a Pew Center supported residency in the 2017 cycle.

Artists must be able to commit to a residency of at least one month (though longer residencies are encouraged).


If accepted, Fellows will receive

  • a residency of at least one month in the next calendar year (though longer residencies are encouraged)
  • a $2,500 stipend* to offset travel and other costs of the residency

Pew Fellows applying to the Pew Consortium of Artist Residencies will be reviewed by all participating residency programs (The Banff Centre, Headlands, and Ucross). While every attempt will be made to match applicants with their first or second choice sites, in some cases artists may be selected by other residencies.

Stipends will be disbursed by the Alliance of Artists Communities, at least one month prior to the start of the residency.

(*Please note: Stipends are considered taxable income by the IRS. The Alliance of Artists Communities will issue a 1099 to each artist, as well as to the IRS; artists are responsible for any related taxes owed.)

Application Instructions

Applications for the Pew Consortium of Artist Residencies will be accepted through Submittable.

Application deadline: June 14, 2017.
Please note, customer service will not be available after 5pm. It is recommended that you begin your application well in advance of the deadline to ensure completion.

To apply, you will need to do the following:

(1) Determine your site preferences

  • Each residency site offers different facilities, services, and amenities. Read through the descriptions of each site to determine your preferences. If you have questions about specific equipment or other site details, please contact
  • While all sites offer a minimum of one-month residencies, longer residencies are encouraged
  • If selected for a residency at The Banff Centre, please note that a passport is required for travel between the U.S. and Canada

(2) Optional*: Prepare your work samples and work sample index
*The work samples and narratives from your Pew Fellowship application will be provided to the residencies for review. You have the option of also uploading additional work samples or links to work samples if you wish to show more recent examples of your work. The written portion of the Consortium application is in addition to what you’ve already provided in the Pew narrative. 

WORK SAMPLES: You may submit any combination of the following of recent, relevant work, not to exceed 8 total work samples

-- Images: up to 8 images (JPG)
-- Audio: up to 3 audio files (MP3, M4a, WAV)
-- Video: up to 3 video files (MP4, MOV, AVI, MPG, 3GP, FLV, WEBM, WMV)
-- Poetry: up to 8 poems (submit in one single PDF)
-- Other written work: up to 3 work samples (PDF)

To include links to video and/or audio files online, include a direct URL to the work sample (not a link to a general website or portfolio) on your "Work Sample Index".

WORK SAMPLE INDEX: In a single PDF file, list each work sample, including title of piece and year. Be sure uploaded file names correspond to titles. As applicable, also list dimensions, materials, performers, etc., and an optional brief description of the work. If the work is the result of a collaboration, indicate your role in its creation.

(3) Complete the online application. You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Your first, second, and third choice of residency sites (you may also indicate "no preference")
  • Your scheduling availability for a residency through 2017 (this is to give the residencies a general idea of your seasonal availability; if you don't know of any scheduling limitations to-date, simply indicate "no preference" or "unknown")
  • A brief statement of interest (300 words or less): Why would you like to participate in a residency at this time? What are you currently working on or might like to work on during a residency?
  • Any special requirements (specific equipment, access to facilities, accessibility, or other needs you might have during a residency) you have during a residency
  • An optional statement about your current work, future plans, new ideas, etc. (150 words or less)

We recommend that you begin the application process in advance of the June 14, 2017, deadline so we may assist you if you have difficulties. For technical questions using Submittable, please click on the HELP tab. For other questions about this program, eligibility, and selection, please contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at

:: The application is now closed ::

QUESTIONS? Contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at or 401-351-4320.

Read more about this program on the Pew Fellowships in the Arts' website