VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships – Undergraduate

$4,000Award Amount
8Number of Awards
11/4/2023Submission Deadline

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The VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships have for over 80 years been supporting professional artists and students with exceptional abilities to build on their talents. The program supports young artists in helping them complete their studies and develop professional careers in art.

The scholarship on offer is open to all Virginia resident college-bound high school seniors or graduates, or current undergraduate students. The VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships is worth $4,000 and is awarded to eight students annually. Applicants must be enrolled full-time and stay enrolled through the following year.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the fellowship sponsor, was launched in 1940 through a donation by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. VMFA is an art museum in Richmond, Virginia, in the United States that opened in 1936. The Commonwealth of Virginia owns and operates the museum.

Key Information of VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships – Undergraduate

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Arts
  • Visual Arts

Country of Study

United States

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VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships – Undergraduate Timeline

June 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on June 1.

November 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on November 4.

February 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in February.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Virginia
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • Present Work Experiences
  • Portfolio
  • Essay
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships – Undergraduate


Start the application process right away

You should start the application process as soon as possible. This will allow you enough time to acquire all necessary documents, complete all forms, and work on your personal statement. Have everything organized and planned to avoid any last-minute complications.


Personal statement objective and review

Your essay is your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Make it concise, and interesting – it should capture your pursuit of art. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.


Share your grade transcripts

For the internal verification of your academic records, you’ll submit an unofficial grade transcript.


Submit a current résumé

You’ll include a current résumé with your application which is only for their internal use, not for the jurors. Your resume must include previous certificates, honors, or awards if applicable. It should also include your extracurricular activities.

How the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships – Undergraduate is Judged

The application review is purely on merit because jurors won’t see your name or personal documents. They’ll make blind selections based on the work presented.

Why We Love the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships – Undergraduate


It’s a renewable scholarship

The fellowship program can be renewed for eligible students each year. This program can ease the financial burden and help students complete their studies.


No discrimination

The program is open to all Virginia residents as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. It supports equality and has no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.


The Fellowship is flexible on some requirements

There may be a consideration for half-year fall semester fellowship awards worth $2,000 on a case-by-case basis for full-time students who plan to graduate in December 2023.

5 Facts About VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships


For Virginia residents only

Only residents of Virginia are eligible to apply and must provide proof of residence.


It is renewable

Eligible recipients can renew their scholarship award.


Full-time students in Virginia are eligible

Those enrolled full-time at accredited universities and colleges in Virginia and paying tuition are considered residents.


The adjudication is a blind selection

The jurors don’t see your personal information or your name. They make blind selections of the work presented to reach the final decisions.


VMFA vital center for development of visual arts

VMFA has built a reputation as a consistent and reliable source of funding for visual arts and art history in Virginia.

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