Where can I see a copy of the most recent application guidelines?

Click here to see the guidelines for the 2020 Kresge Artist Fellowship application cycle.

What is a Kresge Artist Fellowship?

Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 no-strings-attached awards for emerging and established artists. Fellowships are not project grants. Instead, awards may be used to cover any aspect of the artist’s life, such as living expenses, residency fees, art supplies, equipment, classes, travel expenses, etc. Kresge Artist Fellowships also include professional practice opportunities and a short, documentary-style film about the artist’s practice.

How do I apply for a Gilda Award?

In the online application for a Kresge Artist Fellowship you may check a box stating that you would like to be considered for a Gilda Award.

How and when will I learn if I received a fellowship?

All applicants receive an email notification after the final decisions are made in June each year. The names of all Kresge Artist Fellows and the panelists who selected them will be listed on the Kresge Arts in Detroit website.

What happens after I submit my application?

After the application deadline, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff reviews all applications to ensure they meet the application guidelines and eligibility criteria. Staff may request additional information from an applicant any time during the process. Applications that appear to meet the eligibility criteria and application guidelines are forwarded for consideration by a selection panel.

Over several months, through multiple rounds, local and national panelists review those eligible applications and select the fellowship recipients. New panelists participate each year.

In the final stage of review, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff contact artists whose applications remain in consideration. Applicants are asked to confirm and document that they met the eligibility criteria. At all stages, Kresge Arts in Detroit makes the determination, in its sole discretion, as to whether the eligibility criteria, including proof of past, current, and future residency, and application guidelines have been met.

Can I apply if I work in collaboration with another artist (or group of artists)?

Artists who collaborate, and who have an on-going demonstrated history of collaborative work, are permitted to apply under a collaborative application. Applications should have one primary applicant and include the contact information for the additional collaborators.

Should a collaborative artist group receive a fellowship, the $25,000 award is split evenly among the collaborators. Each collaborative artist must meet all eligibility requirements listed in the selection criteria. Please see guidelines for further information.

Can I apply if I am taking classes towards a degree-granting program?

No. You may NOT apply if you are working toward or planning to work toward a degree during the course of the year-long fellowship. ABD (all but dissertation) status Ph.D. candidates are able to apply.

Who selects the fellows?

Each year, a new group of fellowship panelists reviews eligible applicants and select the Kresge Artist Fellows. Staff makes determinations that eligibility criteria and application guidelines are met, but otherwise do not contribute to the decision-making or selection process of the Kresge Artist Fellows.

Can I apply in more than one category in the two-year cycle?

Applicants may ONLY apply in more than one category if they can demonstrate a significant commitment to each of the individual categories. If an applicant applies in more than one category, a completely separate application and set of support materials must be submitted for each application. Applicants that submit an application to more than one category may only receive a fellowship in one category per two-year cycle.

If I have applied and not been selected in the past, is it worth applying again?

Yes! In general, selected artists have applied several times before receiving a fellowship. Every year a new set of panelists review applications, bringing fresh perspectives to the selection process.

What if I move out of the area after I apply?

Your application would be deemed ineligible.

Is my non-profit organization eligible to apply for a fellowship?

No. Kresge Artist Fellowships are only awarded to individual artists.


Will Kresge Arts in Detroit provide feedback on my statements before I submit?

No. While we are available to help with general questions you may have about how to apply and craft a strong application, we are unable to provide feedback regarding the specific content of your application. However, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff are able to review your application for compliance after you submit, as long as you submit more than one week in advance of the deadline and contact us to request a review.


Computer and Internet Access

Many local libraries provide free internet and computer access. Search your local Michigan public library at publiclibraries.com

Translation Services

Fellowship applications may only be submitted in English. For translation services, visit Welcome Mat Detroit, a local immigrant integration network, to search their translation service database.

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