LaMont Hamilton takes a break in Nef Studio/
LaMont Hamilton takes a break in Nef Studio/

Fellowships & Stipends


Fellowship gifts have a significant impact on the lives and careers of artists by fully funding their residencies at The MacDowell Colony. They also enable MacDowell to provide nearly 300 residencies a year at no cost to artists. Each Fellowship covers the cost of a single residency for a period of up to two months, including the use of a private studio at MacDowell, meals, accommodations, and the benefits of a dynamic community of artists working in many disciplines. Major gifts designated for Fellowships are essential to preserving the Colony’s tradition of accepting artists solely on the basis of talent.

  • Annual Fellowship — A gift of $15,000 provides an Annual Fellowship for an artist in the year that the gift is made. This support may be renewed annually and/or given for a series of years.
  • Endowed Fellowship — A gift of $200,000 establishes an Endowed Fellowship that will underwrite a Fellowship each year in perpetuity. Multiple Fellowships may be endowed.

Both Annual and Endowed Fellowships carry naming opportunities and may also be designated to support a specific discipline, as agreed upon by the donor and MacDowell. Donors receive reports each year about the recipients of their Fellowships, and opportunities often arise for personal correspondence with the artists.

New Fellowships

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 to apply 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.


Need-based assistance, in addition to Fellowship support, helps eliminate financial barriers to accepting a MacDowell residency and opens the residency experience to a wider and more diverse community of artists. Stipends — which are designed to replace lost income and defray travel, rent, and other continuing expenses — give artists-in-residence the peace of mind to work experimentally and productively while at the Colony.

Gifts designated for stipend support, which currently provide direct financial assistance of up to $1,000 per artist based on demonstrated financial need, may be designated for artists working in a specific discipline. In addition, an endowed stipend fund may be established, the income of which will generate funds for stipend support in perpetuity. These gifts also provide naming opportunities and recognition for their donors.