Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Theatre

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in the United States to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of playwright, dissident and former President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel. Each year, the Library Foundation together with the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague seeks undergraduate play submissions based on a theme drawn from a play by Vaclav Havel. The winner receives a two week trip to Prague which includes a residency and staged reading of their play at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and visits to Prague theaters. 

We hope you will pass this on to undergraduate students majoring in the writing and theater arts or Slavic studies, or any other undergraduate students who may be interested in this opportunity. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2020. See attachment for additional competition guidelines.

Last year we received over 20 submissions from universities from all parts of the country!    

Please contact us with any questions. 

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards, Pavla Niklova




Pavla Niklova
Executive Director

at the Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021





Actors Fund 

American Alliance for Theatre and Education 

Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP): The Cultural Exchange Fund 

Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation (dance) 

Chamber Music America 

Dance Films Association (dance films only) 

Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc. 

Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (composing) 

Jerome Fund For New Music 

Jim Henson Foundation (puppet theater) 

American Theater Wing: Jonathan Larson Grants (musical theater) 

The Kleban Foundation, Inc. (musical theater) 

The Multi-Arts Production Fund 

New England Foundation for the Arts 

New Music USA 

Puppeteers of America 


Sparkplug Foundation (music) 

Theater Communications Group 


A Blade of Grass 

Aaron Siskind Foundation (photography) 

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. 

The Aftermath Project (documentary photography) 

Alexia Foundation (photo journalism) 

The Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Social justice: Astrea Lesbian Visual Arts Fund 

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund (women artists only) 

Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design 

Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award 

En Foco New Works Photography Fellowship (photography) 

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts 

Harpo Foundation 

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant (painters 45 or older) 

VISUAL ARTS (cont’d) 

The National Sculpture Society 

The Joan Mitchell Foundation 

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation: Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award (public art) 

Pollock Krasner Foundation, Inc. (2D work) 

The Ruth Chenven Foundation 

United States Institute of Technology (design) 

Virginia A. Groot Foundation (sculptors) 

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund (photography) 

William H. Johnson Prize (early-career African American artists)



NYFA Source, New York Foundation for the Arts NYFA Source is the most extensive national directory of awards, services, and publications for individual artists. Listings include over 12,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals across the country. More programs are added every day to this online database. Tutorials on using the system are offered periodically by NYFA staff. 

The Foundation Center Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector, including more than 108,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and over 3 million of their recent grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 470 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world. The website features Foundation Directory Online, an extensive search engine for finding grantmakers, available for free and at subscription levels that offer increased information access –including a dedicated search engine for individual artists. The New York grants library is at 79 Fifth Avenue. 

PEN American Center PEN's Grants & Awards database is available for a low annual subscription, and contains more than 1,500 listings of domestic and foreign grants, literary awards, fellowships, and residencies. Grants & Awards is a comprehensive online database available to writers of all income brackets, at work in all genres, and at various levels of achievement. Search by keyword, genre, organization, or deadline. Updated every month, Grants & Awards is assured to offer the most current listings online.

NONPROFIT/PHILANTHROPIC PUBLICATIONS Find out what grantmakers, development officers and nonprofits are thinking and talking about by subscribing to nonprofit and philanthropic publications. Requests for proposals, new programs, trends and research are available that might help your fundraising efforts. 

The Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Reader Anyone can subscribe to the GIA Reader. Artists, grantmakers, arts managers, cultural critics, and historians contribute to GIA’s periodical, the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, which features readings on arts and culture, reports from arts grantmakers, and summaries of recently published reports, books, and studies. 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. Note: this publication covers multiple philanthropic sectors and is not arts-specific. Philanthropy News Digest Philanthropy News Digest (PND), a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. PND offers listings of RFPs, jobs and classifieds for the sector, with a dedicated arts and culture RFP listing. 


The following list, organized by discipline, includes funders that offer one or more programs or awards that provide direct support to individual artists by application. This list is provided to facilitate the grant research process. Always read program guidelines and material provided directly from the funding institution to determine your eligibility to apply. 


Asian Cultural Council 

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences 

Black Rock Arts Foundation 

Brooklyn Arts Council 

Bronx Council on the Arts 

CEC Arts Link 

Cintas Foundation (Cuban descent only) 

Creative Capital Foundation 

Duke University: Center for Documentary Studies (film and photography) 


Foundation for Contemporary Arts 

Jerome Foundation 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund 

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation 

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) 

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 

National League of American Pen Women 

National Museum of the American Indian: Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program 

New York Foundation for the Arts 

New York State Council on the Arts: Individual Artists Program 

Princess Grace Foundation – USA 

Puffin Foundation, Ltd. 

Queens Council on the Arts 

Six Points Fellowship 

Staten Island Arts 

Sustainable Arts Foundation (visual arts and literature) 


Surdna Foundation: Thriving Cultures Program / Artists Engaging in Social Change 

The Vilcek Foundation 


The Academy of American Poets 

American Literary Review 

Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship 

The Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: The Lesbian Writers Fund 

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund (women artists only) 

The Christopher Isherwood Fund (fiction) 

Elizabeth George Foundation 

Graywolf Press 

Hurston/Wright Foundation (African descent writers only) 

Lambda Literary Foundation 

National Endowment for the Arts 

Princeton University Hodder Fellowship 

Speculative Literature Foundation 


The Arch Bruce Brown Foundation 

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) 


Creative District 

The Fledgling Fund 

Wave Farm 

From the Heart Productions 

Independent Television Service (ITVS) 

International Documentary Association: Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund 

Latino Public Broadcasting 

National Endowment for the Humanities (Documentary) 

National Geographic: All Roads Seed Grant Program 

New York Women in Film & Television 

San Francisco Film Society (National Programs) 

Sundance Documentary Fund 

Tribeca Film Institute 

The Women in Film Foundation


Entertainment-Industry Unions & Professional Organizations:

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) 
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 
  • Actors' Equity Association (AEA) 
  • The Actors Fund 
  • Alliance for Women in Media 
  • Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers (AMPTP) 
  • American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) 
  • American Cinema Editors, Inc. (ACE) 
  • American Cinematheque at the Egyptian & Aero Theatres 
  • American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) 
  • American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) 
  • American Humane Association Film & TV Unit 
  • American Screenwriters Association (ASA) 
  • American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 
  • American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) 
  • American Society of Young Musicians (ASYM) 
  • Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title, and Graphic Artists 
  • The Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants 
  • Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) 
  • Association of Talent Agents (ATA) 
  • BMI 
  • California Arts Council (CAC) 
  • CineStory 
  • Commercial Casting Directors Association (CCDA) 
  • Costume Designers Guild (CDG) 
  • Directors Guild of America (DGA) 
  • Doculink 
  • Film Festival Group 
  • Film Independent 
  • Filmmakers Alliance (FA) 
  • Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) 
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) 
  • Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) 
  • Horror Writers Association 
  • The HUMANITAS Prize 
  • Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) 
  • Independent Filmmaker's Project (IFP) 
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) 
  • International Documentary Association 
  • Location Managers Guild of America 
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) 
  • Motion Picture Editors Guild 
  • Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA) 
  • Music Video Production Association (MVPA) 
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) 
  • National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) 
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) 
  • National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) 
  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 
  • New York Women in Film & Television 
  • The Norman Lear Center 
  • The Organization of Black Screenwriters (OBS) 
  • PEN 
  • Producers Guild of America (PGA) 
  • Scriptwriters Network 
  • Society of Camera Operators (SOC) 
  • Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC) 
  • Talent Managers Association (TMA) 
  • The Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF) 
  • Women In Film (WIF) 
  • Writers Guild of America (WGA) 

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