The Prins Fellowship for Emigrating Artists and Writers- in-Residence

The Center for Jewish History announces a new fellowship to be awarded to Emigrating Artists and Writers through a grant from the Vivian G. Prins foundation. The award supports original research for early stage projects by foreign artists and writers from a variety of disciplines that may include: journalists, novelists, poets, travel writers, biographers, photographers, visual artists, and others outside of academia.
Applicants must demonstrate significant need for sustained access to the collections at the Center, commit to regular attendance in the research facilities during the ten month fellowship period, and articulate their intent to pursue their work in the United States or Canada beyond the fellowship. The ten month fellowship, beginning in January 2013, carries a stipend of up to $3,250.00 per month. The Prins Artist-in residence is expected to conduct original research at the Center, deliver one public presentation based on the work conducted, actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center, acknowledge the Center and Prins Foundation in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship, and submit a final report upon completion of the fellowship.


Open to artists and writers from outside the United States who seek permanent residence in North America. Preference will be given to candidates from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. 
It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend for the duration of the award. The Center for Jewish History is not a visa granting institution. The Center will provide pro-bono legal counsel to assist Fellows navigating immigration issues.

Requirements for Application

Application Cover Sheet including the applicant’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address, country of origin, and title of project.
Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History

Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, exhibitions, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience

Copies of two representative samples of previous works must be included for distribution to the selection committee. 
Written works (play and video scripts; prose and poetry; works of non-fiction, etc.) cannot exceed 25 pages each in length. You are strongly encouraged to include any relevant reviews of your work by professional critics.

Specific project proposal of no more than five pages that summarizes the applicant's educational and professional background, references and discusses the collections at the Center which will be used for the project, and adduces clearly stated goals for research/work during the period of the fellowship.

Two letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate's work for his or her field as well as the candidate's ability to fulfill the proposed work. Letters of recommendation may arrive under separate cover.

Please send all application materials together electronically as one PDF continuous document.

The schedule for the application process is as follows:

Applications for the 2013 fellowship are due September 6, 2012.  
All application material, including letters of reference, must be received by this date for consideration.

Announcement of grant recipients by October 15, 2012

Commencement of grant period, January 3, 2013

Conclusion of grant period, November 1, 2013

Applications are to be submitted to:

Judith C. Siegel

Director of Academic and Public Programs

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

United States of America


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