South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowships (FEL)

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed for FY21 Fellowships. Application materials are scheduled for release in mid-2020 for the FY22 Fellowships in Visual Arts, Craft, Media: Production, and Media: Screenwriting.

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To recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists

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Who's Eligible
Most practicing individual artists residing in S.C.

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Grant Period

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Matching Requirement

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, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The Fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.

  1. 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:
      • FY21: Prose, Poetry, Dance: Choreography, and Dance: Performance (apply fall 2019)
      • 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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 FY11 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) are eligible to apply for the FY21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) 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 22

Applications may be submitted until 11:59pm (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 the Arts Commission closes at 5:00 p.m. that day.

Grant Period



$5,000 per Fellowship

There are no restrictions on the use of Fellowship funds.

SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.
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How to Apply

Fellowship applications are accepted through Submittable.

As part of your application, you will upload samples of your work in the Fellowship discipline for which you are applying. We strongly encourage you to prepare your work samples before you visit the Submittable website and begin your application. You may need to create new electronic files (documents, video files, etc.) to submit work samples that meet the length, content, and formatting requirements. (For example, you may need to remove your name from documents or video credits.)

For ALL Disciplines
  • Fellowship awards are based solely on the artistic excellence shown in the submitted samples of the artist’s work in the chosen Fellowship discipline, so the work samples submitted
    • should be contrasting works to demonstrate the range of the artist’s ability, and
    • should be of the highest possible quality.
  • The submitted work samples must include at least one work that has been completed within the last five years.
  • Fellowship awards are made through an anonymous process. Therefore, the applicant’s name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere on or in the work sample, in the work sample titles, or in the work sample files or file names, including in the credits.
For Dance (Performance and Choreography)
  • You may submit two samples of your work.
  • Total submitted footage (all samples) must not exceed 10 minutes combined. Panelists will not view more than 10 minutes of footage per application.
  • Acceptable file types: mp4, mov, avi, mpg, 3gp, flv, webm, wmv, mkv, m4v.
  • For each work sample submitted, you will need to provide a title, the year of performance, and the length of the work sample.
    • For Dance Performance applicants: If a work sample includes more than one performer, you will provide a visual description to explain which dancer is the applicant.
For Poetry and Prose (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction)
  • You may submit up to 20 pages of your work. Panelists will not read more than 20 pages per application.
  • Acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, wpd.
  • Feel free to reformat your documents (for example, double-spacing is not required).

    • Typeface must be legible, no less than 12 point.
    • Margins should be at least one inch.
    • Pages must be numbered.
  • Do not submit books, chapbooks, magazines, pamphlets, or tear sheets of your work from publications.
  1. Follow the “Apply” link below. Submittable will open in a new browser tab or window.
  2. Select either “FY2021 Fellowship – Dance” (for Performance or Choreography) or “FY2021 Fellowship – Poetry & Prose.”
  3. Sign in or create your Submittable account.
  4. 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 anonymously by out-of-state panelists who make their judgments based on artistic merit. 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 and a resume to be used for promotional purposes.

Fellowship contracts/terms of agreement, payments, and Final Reports are managed in our online grants management system. You will receive notification and instructions when your Contract Packet is available in the online system. You must electronically sign your contract/terms of agreement by the date indicated in the system. You must also complete all assigned Follow Ups (including a Final Report, as listed in your online account), by the due date given.


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).

Final Report

ALL GRANTEES are required to file a Final Report at the end of the grant period. The Final Report Due Date is printed on your 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. The S.C. Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.


If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Senior Deputy Director Milly Hough ( | 803.734.8698). If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current Fellowship, please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).