Individual Artist Fellowships
Tentative deadline for FY23 Fellowships; details are scheduled for release in August 2021.
To recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists
Most practicing individual artists residing in S.C.
About the Individual Artist Fellowships
Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process and are based on artistic merit, achievements and commitment to discipline. The Fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.
- Learn about the FY21 Fellows on The Hub.
- Learn about Past Fellows in the Artist Development section of our website.
Changes for FY22
Please note that the Fellowships program has undergone changes for FY22. In particular,
- Fellowship awards are no longer based solely on artistic merit; achievements and commitment to discipline are also considered.
- The application process is no longer anonymous.
As with all grants, please read the guidelines carefully before applying.
- The applicant must be a practicing individual artist (duos, collaborative works, and other ensembles are not eligible), working in one or more of the disciplines eligible for the application year.
- Up to four Fellowships are awarded each year (maximum of one in each discipline), with artistic disciplines rotating from year to year.
- The next eligible disciplines will be:
- FY22: Visual Arts, Craft, Media: Production, and Media: Screenwriting (apply fall 2020)
- FY23: Prose, Poetry, Theatre: Acting, and Theatre: Playwriting (apply fall 2021)
- FY24: Visual Arts, Craft, Music: Composition, and Music: Performance (apply fall 2022)
- FY25: Prose, Poetry, Dance: Choreography, and Dance: Performance (apply fall 2023)
- The applicant must also be
- A legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for two years prior to the application date and throughout the Fellowship period; and
- 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
- The applicant must not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the award period.
- There is a limit of three S.C. Arts Commission Fellowships in an artist’s career and a period of ineligibility of 10 years after the first Fellowship is awarded. Artists who received Fellowships prior to FY12 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012) are eligible to apply for the FY22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) Fellowships.
- Fellows may not receive any other S.C. Arts Commission grant awards during their Fellowship year.
- An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one Fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category.
November 16, 2020
Applications may be submitted until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the deadline date. However, please be aware that staff members will not be available to assist you with questions or technical difficulties after SCAC closes at 5:00 p.m. that day.
July 2021-June 2022
$5,000 per Fellowship
There are no restrictions on the use of Fellowship funds.SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through Submittable. The applicant must have an active account in this system.
If you have previously used our grants portal to apply for or manage other SCAC grants, please note that Submittable is a different system. Your grants portal credentials will not work; you will need a Submittable account to apply for this grant.
As part of your Fellowship application, you will be required to upload
- samples of your work in the Fellowship discipline for which you are applying, and
- your resume, as evidence of your achievements and commitment to discipline.
Specific requirements for these uploads are outlined in the application. You may need to create new electronic files (documents, video files, etc.) to submit materials that meet the length, content, formatting, and other specifications.
- For Visual Arts or Craft, applicants may upload up to ten (10) high-res images.
- For Media: Production, applicants may upload viewing samples (not to exceed 10 minutes each) from two (2) completed works. The first work sample uploaded must be a non-collaborative work conceived solely by the applicant. The second sample may be a collaborative piece.
- For Media: Screenwriting, applicants may upload one (1) selection (not to exceed 30 pages) from one completed original screenplay; and a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole.
- Follow the “Apply” link below. Submittable will open in a new browser tab or window.
- Select “FY22 Fellowships.”
- Sign in or create your Submittable account.
- Complete and submit your application.
Once you begin your application, you may access it at any time by logging in to your Submittable account. If you have started your application but are not yet ready to submit, be sure to click “save draft” before closing your browser or logging out of Submittable.
To Apply in Another Fellowship Category
You may apply for more than one Fellowship in the same year, but you must complete all application steps for each category and submit one application at a time.
After You Apply
Fellowship applicants’ works are reviewed by out-of-state panelists who make their judgments based on artistic merit, achievements and commitment to discipline. A minimum of five applications must be received in a Fellowship discipline category in order for the category to undergo panel review. The Arts Commission reserves the right to not award a Fellowship in any discipline for which applications have been solicited. Fellowship awards are approved by the Board of Commissioners. Winners are notified and posted on the S.C. Arts Commission website in late summer each year.
Upon notification of the award, Fellowship winners will be asked to immediately forward a photograph to be used for promotional purposes.
As a Fellowship recipient, you will enter into a contractual agreement with the SC Arts Commission, and you must comply with all requirements stated in those contract materials. You will receive notification and instructions when your contract is available in our online grants management system. You must submit your completed Contract Packet, including signatures and other documentation as instructed, by the date indicated in the system. You must also complete all other assigned Follow Ups by the due date given.
Additional details about managing an SCAC grant are available on our agency website.
Payment of the award will be released upon receipt and approval of a completed Contract Packet. Fellows may choose to receive their full award in one payment, or divided into two payments (one per calendar year).
ALL GRANTEES are required to file a Final Report at the end of the grant period. The Final Report Due Date is stated in the grant contract. Failure to submit an accurate and complete Final Report by the due date will result in cancellation of the award and repayment of any funds received. SCAC will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.
- If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 | email@example.com), Program Director for Artist Services.
- If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current Fellowship, please contact the Grants Team (firstname.lastname@example.org | 803.734.8695).
We also highly recommend a visit to our Grants Coaching webpage, for
- open coaching calls for artists,
- category-specific information for grant applicants,
- monthly topic sessions, and
- opportunities for one-on-one assistance.
Missed a group call or session? Look for the “Video” link to access a recording of that presentation.