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Nef Studio at The MacDowell Colony. Photo by Brendan Tapley.

Financial Assistance

The MacDowell Colony believes that all talented artists should have the opportunity a MacDowell Fellowship provides. There is no cost for a Fellowship; in order to open the residency experience to a wider, more diverse community of artists, however, MacDowell offers two financial assistance programs to those who have been awarded a Fellowship.

Through the generosity of several foundations and individuals — including The Calderwood Fund for Project Grants to Journalism Fellows, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, The Leon Levy Foundation, The Lesher Fund for Composers, The Marsyas Fund, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation — need-based stipends are available to artists who would not otherwise be able to afford the time away that a Fellowship requires. Stipends may be used to cover rent, utilities, childcare, and other expenses that accrue during a residency. They may also be directed toward equipment costs and to replace lost income.

Travel Grants
Thanks to the support of two foundations, travel reimbursement grants are available to defray the cost of domestic and international travel to and from New Hampshire. Domestic travel grants are provided by The MacArthur Transportation Fund; international travel grants are provided by The David and Rosamond Putnam Transportation Fund. Artists apply for travel grants by filling out a brief form itemizing travel costs and attaching all receipts.

Artists may apply for these stipends and travel grants only if they are awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. Applications for assistance, which are included in the package confirming acceptance to MacDowell, are kept confidential. Financial assistance funds are disbursed during or shortly after a residency. Artists of all disciplines are eligible.

New Fellowships

The MacDowell Colony offers Fellowships covering the cost of a residency to all accepted artists. Named Fellowships have been established to support a specific field of work or honor an individual. There is no special application process for named Fellowships; all artists accepted for residencies are considered for these designations.

John S. Carroll Fellowship
This Fellowship honors the veteran editor of The Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times by supporting residencies for journalists engaged in long-form work as part of MacDowell’s Art of Journalism Initiative. Accepted journalists receive fellowships covering all residency costs and are eligible for small project grants from a fund endowed by the Calderwood Charitable Foundation.

Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship
Honoring literary agent Charlotte Sheedy’s 40-year career championing groundbreaking writers, The Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship will be awarded to writers representing populations across racial and cultural boundaries.

Markos and Eleni Kounalakis Fellowship
Donated by Markos Kounalakis, a broadcast and print journalist and author, and Eleni Kounalakis, his wife and former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, this fellowship will support one journalist annually for the next three years as part of The MacDowell Colony’s Art of Journalism initiative.

Sylvia Canfield Winn Fellowship for Environmental Journalism
Established by writer and Colony Fellow Tracy Winn in memory of her mother, this fellowship will be offered every two years as part of the Art of Journalism Initiative.