CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts

$10,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
11/15/2022Submission Deadline

The CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts is a program that supports promising artists who are enrolled in MFA and Ph.D. programs nationwide to help them transition between graduate studies and professional careers. The program is open to all eligible visual arts graduate students from minority or underrepresented groups.

The College Art Association of America, Inc (CAA) organizes the fellowship. It is a leadership organization in visual arts that promotes artistic creations and their understanding. Their members are made up of people who have an interest in art, art history, or a related discipline.

During this program, one fellow will be awarded $10,000. The program can help cover job-search expenses, image license fees, or other publishing costs.

Key Information of CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Arts
  • Visual Arts

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctorate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts Timeline

September 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on September 15.

November 2022

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on November 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Graduate – Postgraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, Asian

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Recommendation letters
  • Portfolio
  • Present Work Experiences
  • Essay
  • Special Project
  • Financial Information

How to ace the CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts


Provide a summary of your skills

A CV or résumé is needed in your application to show your experience and skills. Provide this in your application.


Write an artist's statement

An artist statement is an essay that explains what you make and why you make it. When writing, ensure it includes your personality and enthusiasm. Keep the text short in two double-spaced pages and 12 pt using Times New Roman.


Obtain the contact details of two referees

Get two trusted individuals in your community or institution to attest to your skills and passion. Only the contact details are needed during the application. The committee will contact them directly.


Show your media

A look at the materials used by you to create art is needed in your application. This may include your papers, paints, pencils, watercolors, etc. Provide up to six images or a video of five minutes (not both).

How the CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts is Judged

Recipients will be selected based on residency status, financial need, quality of work, the strength of their academic record, recommendations, whether or not they are from an underrepresented group, completion of MFA requirements dissertation, and conferment of MFA in the year following the year of application.

Why We Love the CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts


The award supports artists from underrepresented groups

The CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts supports multicultural artists and artists from underrepresented groups and culturally diverse communities.


Applicants receive a one-year complimentary membership

Fellows of this get a free CAA membership for a year and also enjoy complimentary registration to the next Annual Conference.


Fellows can receive grants

CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in visual arts offers a one-time, unrestricted grant to successful applicants to help them with various aspects of their work.

5 Facts About CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts


Contacts referees are submitted together

Applicants should submit the contact details of their referees at the same time as the rest of their applications.


Honorable awards are also given

Winners also get the Honorable Mention Award of one-year free CAA membership and registration for the next annual conference.


The CAA was founded in 1911

Since then they have been responsible for speaking for members on issues, advocating for comprehensive and inclusive education, and developing funding sources for the practice of art.


Year of initiation

The CAA fellowship program was introduced in 1993 to help art students bridge the gap between pursuing graduate degrees and professional careers.


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