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UNCSA Fellowships and Grants

For assistance, please email Joe Mount, at

Career Development Grants

Through the UNCSA Career Development Grant Program, limited financial assistance is available to students for projects that promise to impact career opportunities. Grants are availble for future projects, as well as retroactive funding for projects that have already occurred. The maximum amount awarded per grant will be $500. Only one application submission per funding round is permitted. More than one application per project and per person will not be considered.

Each school has a set of guidelines for determining the type of projects that are appropriate for funding.  Proposals must have a positive impact upon the student's professional career plans. You may consult your arts advisor, major teacher or Career Development Committee representative for assistance. No funding for equipment or curriculum requirements will be considered. 

  • School of Dance: Further education through summer festivals, competitions or auditions, photographs for dance résumés
  • School of Design & Production: Portfolio preparation (also applies to Visual Arts), workshops, professional conferences, internships, interviews, competitions and exhibitions and other activities which result in significant career impact and professional development.
  • School of Drama: School interviews (graduating high school students only), workshops, auditions, headshots, and website development.
  • School of Filmmaking: Professional interviews, portfolios, workshops and internships (will not consider funding for production of a film)
  • School of Music: Perform in competitions, professional auditions, and other activities which result in significant career impact and professional development (will not consider funding for school auditions).

Schedule for Career Development Grants- First Round Fall 2014
October 20 (Mon)           Applications available to students online
November 24 (Mon)      Completed applications due to grant committee members for review
December 12 (Friday)    Awards Announced

Grant Amount: Up to $500

Applicants must be current full-time UNCSA students (high school or College.
Students may not apply for two projects for the same grant round

For further information regarding this program, contact the career services office at

If you have been awarded grant funds, after you have completed your project you may request funds using the following form: Career Development Grant Funds Request

2014-15 Fall Career Development Grant Application

UNCSA Fellowships

Penland School of Crafts
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts promotes life-long learning, stimulates experimentation and skill development, and shares Penland's model educational learning environment with UNCSA students and alumni. A total of ten (10) applicants from the UNCSA Visual Arts Program will be selected each year for these Fellowships.

Applications for the 2015 Penland Fellowships will be available in January 2015. Applications due: Monday, February 2, 2015
On-campus interviews: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kennedy Center
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at The Kennedy Center seeks to provide emerging theater artists with a wide variety of experiences bridging their academic training with the professional theater world. A total of up to five (5) candidates from the UNCSA Schools of Drama and Design and Production classes of 2011-2015 will be selected for the Fellowship position. Applications for 2015-16 Kennedy Center Fellowship will be available In January 2015.

Lincoln Center Education (formerly Lincoln Center Institute)
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education seeks to provide emerging artists with knowledge of aesthetic education that will prepare them for work as artists in the field of arts and education. A total of six (6) candidates from the UNCSA Schools of Dance, Drama and Music classes of will be selected each year for the Fellowship positions.
Application and Description for 2015-16 LCE Fellowship will be available in January 2015.

WGBH Boston/Kenan Fellowship
Winston-Salem, NC and Boston, MA
Open to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Filmmaking at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The WGBH/Kenan Fellowship will enable five (5) students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) to work with producers at WGBH, the flagship of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Boston, to develop a set of video-based resources to support K-12 teaching and learning. These resources will focus on interpretations of the creative process from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, Information Available here

Semans Art Fund
The Semans Art Fund is a private foundation that provides funding to current UNCSA students for summer study, special projects, research, and performances, building upon the resources of UNCSA in imaginative ways. To the greatest extent possible, projects should be designed to benefit the campus community and audiences of the School. All student applications must be submitted through their respective Arts Dean (not directly to The Semans Art Fund). Guidelines and an application form will be sent to each current UNCSA student’s school e-mail account and also may be obtained in each of the Arts Deans’ offices.
Applications for 2014-15 funding will be available in December 2014.
For further assistance, please email Joe Mount, at