RISD Careers offers these grants to students and alumni.

These are awards in which the RISD Career Center manages the process, provides support to applicants and awardees, and/or funds. Reach out to us for more information or assistance!

 

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Funding for Internships

RISD Maharam Fellowship

Image Credit: RISD Student & 2020 RISD Maharam Recipient, Eli Kauffman 21 PT

Deadline?

Mid-February

Who can apply?       

Currently enrolled Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Fifth Years, and Graduate Students.

How much?

$5,000

For what?

The Fellowship focuses on two of the most urgent issues of our time - social justice and sustainability - and will support projects that aspire to advance social progress and safeguard the environment.  The nature of the internship should explore the role of innovative, critical, creative thinkers to solve problems and demonstrate the various ways artists and designers can have a positive impact.  

When?

Summer. The internship may take place the summer after graduation.

Where?

You name it!

Application Details

RISD Maharam Fellowship - Guidelines
RISD Maharam Fellowship - Website
RISD Maharam Fellowship - Application

 

RISD Internship Support Funds 

Image Credit: RISD Alumni Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross ’21 PT

Deadline?

Early May

Who can apply?    

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students returning to RISD in the Fall – current sophomores, juniors, 4th year architecture undergraduates, 4th year BRDD undergraduates, and graduate students who are not in their final semester. 

How much?

$1,000

For what?

Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for grants of $1,000 if they've secured a summer internship that is unpaid, low-paid, or presents financial challenges. Financial need and hardship are critical factors in the selection process and awarding of these grants. Please note that funding is limited.

When?

Summer

Where?

You name it but you must follow RISD’s Protocols for Travel.

Application Details

RISD Internship Support Funds - Guidelines

RISD Internship Support Funds - Application 

 
RISD Undergraduate Internship Grant

Image credit: Clara Boberg, BFA ’23 Textiles

Deadline?

End of March

Who can apply?

Currently enrolled undergraduate First Years, Sophomores, and Juniors.

How much? 

$3,000

For what?

  • Robert Half International: Internships in graphic design; digital, UX, web design; digital marketing; and advertising.
  • Textron Charitable Trust: Internships that employ creative thinking to solve problems, drive economic development, or address social issues. 

When?

Summer. Applicants must be an enrolled RISD student the semester before the summer of the internship and returning to RISD the fall after the internship.

Where?

You name it!

Application Details

RISD Undergraduate Internship Grant - Guidelines

RISD Undergraduate Internship Grant- Application

 

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Funding for Residencies

Anderson Ranch Artists-In-Residence Program

Deadline?

Mid-February

Who can apply?

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who will graduate in June.

How much?

Funded by Anderson Ranch and RISD, which includes residency fee, housing, studio space, and meals.

For what?

Supports an intensive 5 or 10 week residency of uninterrupted studio time.

When?

Fall or Spring 

Where?

Snowmass, Colorado

Application Details

Anderson Ranch Artists-In-Residence Program - Guidelines
Anderson Ranch Artists-In-Residence Program - Website
Anderson Ranch Artists-In-Residence Program - Application

 

Monson Arts Design Residencies

Deadline?

Early March

Who can apply?

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who will graduate by June. (Alumni are also welcome to apply.)

How much?

A two-week or four-week, design focused residency funded by Monson Arts. Includes room and board, a private studio, access to wood and metal working shops plus digital fabrication equipment, and a $500 stipend if two weeks/$1,000 if four weeks

For what?

Supports an intensive residency focused on developing prototypes and designs, and experimenting with materials.

When?

Between August and December – two or four weeks

Where?

Monson, Maine

Application Details

Monson Arts Design Residencies - Guidelines
Monson Arts Design Residencies – Website
Monson Arts Design Residencies – Application

 

Ox-Bow Summer Fellowship & Workshop Award Experiences

Deadline?

Mid-February - EXTENDED TO MARCH 14, 2022!

Who can apply?

Current Juniors, Seniors, Fifth Years, and Graduate students. You must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the program.

How much?

The Summer Leroy Neiman Fellowship is fully-funded by Ox-Bow and includes fees, housing, studio space, meals, and a stipend. The Summer Workshop is fully funded by the Career Center and includes tuition and shared room and board.

For what?

Two opportunities are supported. A RISD student is guaranteed a spot in a 6 week artist-run community residency Fellowship, in which participants are both artists and staff members. And, a RISD student is guaranteed a spot in a 2 week Summer Workshop.

When?

Summer

Where?

Saugatuck, Michigan

Application Details

Ox-Bow Summer Fellowship Award - Guidelines
Ox-Bow Summer Fellowship Award - Website and Application

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Skowhegan Summer Residency Fellowship

Deadline?

The next application cycle will begin November 2021 for the summer 2022 program. Those applications will be due January 2022.

Who can apply?

Undergraduates and graduate students. You must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the program. You can be enrolled when you apply and returning to RISD after the summer residency, or graduated from RISD when you undertake the residency. (Alumni are also welcome to apply, however students enrolled at the time of application take priority for this scholarship.)

How much?

Fully-funded by the RISD Career Center and Skowhegan – $6,000. Includes residency fee, housing, studio space, meals.

For what?

Supports an intensive 9 week residency of uninterrupted studio time.

When?

Summer

Where?

Madison, Maine

Application Details

Skowhegan Summer Residency - Guidelines
Skowhegan - Website
Skowhegan Summer Residency – Application
 

 

Funding to Support Your Project/Work

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant

Image Credit: RISD Alumni & 2014 Award Recipient Lindsay Carone ’13 MFA SC

Deadline?

The RISD deadline is mid to late August

Who can apply?

Enrolled Seniors, Fifth Years, and Graduate Students, and recent alumni up to three years after graduation may apply through RISD. Students may begin the application process in their Junior year but can not submit an application until the fall of their Senior year. Applicants must have a bachelor degree before the start of the grant and must be a U.S. citizen.

How much?

Airfare, health insurance, and monthly stipend which varies depending on country.

For what?

Supports a 9-12 month creative, independent project.

When?

Country dependent. Most begin late summer/early fall.

Where?

In 140+ countries

Application Details

RISD Fulbright

 

St. Botolph - Emerging Artist Award

Image Credit: 2021 Award Recipient Mark (Bhen) Alan MFA ’22 PT, 2021 

Deadline?

Mid February

Who can apply?

Seniors, Fifth Years, and Graduate Students. Must be from New England and/or live and practice in New England during the grant period.

How much?

$3,000

For what?

Unrestricted support for emerging New England artists.

When?

Between June and the following May.

Where?

New England

Application Details

St. Botolph Club Foundation - Guidelines
St. Botolph Club Foundation - Website
St. Botolph Club Foundation - Internal RISD Application

 

Windgate-Lamar Fellowship

Image Credit: RISD Alumni & 2021 Windgate-Lamar Recipient Hera Ford '20 TX

Deadline?

The RISD internal application deadline is early November; The Windgate-Larmar nominee application deadline for the national competition is early February.

Who can apply?

Graduating seniors and 5th year students who work in craft. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, OR in the process of applying for Citizenship as per the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship guidelines.

How much?

$15,000

For what?

Unrestricted support for emerging artists whose work is informed by craft processes, materials, and traditions.

When?

Between May and the following April (12 months).

Where?

You name it!

Application Details

Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award - Guidelines
Windgate- Lamar Fellowship Award - Website
Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award - Application

 

Other RISD Grants

The grants below are available to RISD students and offered by various departments. The Career Center does not manage these programs, and so we encourage you to follow up with the sponsoring department to learn more details.

 

RISD SPUR Fund

 

The SPUR Fund, offered through the RISD Research office, provides grants for engaging in activities and projects that explore non-traditional and experimental frameworks. SPUR funds may be used for various purposes, including planning; conducting pilots and projects; participating in workshops and residencies; participating in research-related internships and activities that are unpaid or low-paid, presenting at or organizing conferences, exhibitions, and events; and expenses for supplies and travel, etc. 

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RISD Graduate Commons Grant

 

The Graduate Commons Grant is a competitive annual grant program that supports graduate students pursuing creative open-ended explorations and goal-oriented projects. An internal committee chaired by the Director, Office of Graduate Studies will review proposals and determine recipients and final award amounts. Proposals should describe either a specific outcome to be achieved, or how this component of the project/research will concretely contribute to the achievement of a long-term project/research.

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RISD Materials Fund

 

The Materials Fund, managed by Student Affairs, was created to assist RISD students with demonstrated financial need in purchasing the basic equipment and supplies needed to advance their art and design education. Applications are welcome from full-time undergraduate and graduate students in any major with demonstrated financial need.

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The Dorner Prize

 

The Dorner Prize, offered by the RISD Museum, is awarded annually to RISD undergraduate and graduate students for temporary, site-specific projects at the museum. These artistic interventions may take the form of physical, digital, or programmatic encounters, that examine or critique the Museum’s historical and contemporary contexts, collections, architectural idiosyncrasies, habits of visitation, and/or web presence.

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Spalter Teaching Fellowship

 

The Spalter Teaching Fellowship, offered by the RISD Museum, is open to RISD and Brown graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Spalter Teaching Fellows are trained as RISD Museum educators and are responsible for teaching and working with children and youth. Teaching Fellows receive $5000 per academic year and commit to a two-year fellowship, serving up to eight hours per week. 

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