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Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship

Awards of $20,000 to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

The Craft Research Fund—Artist Fellowship is one of four categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in United States. Awards of $20,000 will be granted to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

Grant goals


To support new research and knowledge through craft practice


To create new models for craft research


To make research in craft accessible within and outside of the Academy


To support the careers of craft artists that may be relatively unknown


To assist "mid-career" artists in undertaking a specific proposal/project that would otherwise not be possible


2020 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship

The Craft Research Fund was created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States. To learn more about the creation and development of this program read the press release here.


  • Award Amount:
  • $20,000
  • Grant Period:
  • 18 months


  • Applications Open:
  • Jun 2019
  • Deadline:
  • Oct 1, 2019
  • Notification:
  • Dec 2019
  • Fellowship Period Begins:
  • Jan 2020
  • Fellowship Period Ends:
  • June 2021
  • Exhibition Period:
  • Jun–Aug 2021
  • Symposium Presentation:
  • July 2021
  • Final Report:
  • Aug 2021

2019 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - Eligibility

Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptures, and so on, who identify their practice within the field of craft. The Center, and by extension this grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process. We believe in empowering artists, makers, scholars, and curators to grow the field, embracing new definitions, technologies, and ideas while honoring craft's history and relationship to the handmade. Craft, in all its forms, demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, and practical intelligence. It contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of communities, connects us to our cultural histories, and is integral to building a sustainable future.

Applicants must be:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Eligible to receive taxable income in the U.S.
  • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years and for the duration of the Fellowship period.
  • Mid-career: Artist must self-identify as mid-career.

Applicants cannot be:

  • An institution or small business
  • A full-time student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent
  • Students at the time of applying, even if graduation is pending the same year
  • A current employee, consultant, board member, or major funder of the Center for Craft, or an immediate family member of such a person
  • A previously awarded Craft Research Fund - Artist Fellow

For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft understands craft research to be:

  • A method of working in an established craft practice used in relation to a proposed project that will contribute to new knowledge.
  • A systematic investigation to establish facts, test theories, and reach new knowledge or new understanding.
  • A combination of qualitative and quantitative research that underscores a specific craft practice.
  • Thinking in, through, and with craft in a way that expands the field.
  • The work (material development, process, subject, information, experiences) that goes into creating a new work of art.

Examples of craft research might include:

  • Archive and museum-based research
  • Material innovations, experimentation
  • Process-oriented research/innovation
  • Historical research
  • Collaborations among artists and/or other disciplines and/or institutions
  • Projects that have the potential to transform questions that are being asked in an academic context

2019 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant – Requirements

  • Fifty percent of the grant will be awarded upon return of a signed contract (January 1, 2020).
  • Thirty percent of the grant will be awarded upon the receipt of a two-page status report and proposal for a body of work to be exhibited Summer 2021 to include title and 250 word description and 3-5 marketing images  (January 1, 2021).
  • Installation and exhibition of a body of work produced during the Fellowship in the Center for Craft’s gallery Summer 2021.
  • Presentation of research at Center for Craft symposium Summer 2021.
  • The final twenty percent will be awarded upon receipt of a final report to include a project narrative and two copies of any publication produced as a result of the research grant. Project must be completed in 18 months (June 2021), with a final report deadline of August 31, 2021. If there is no publication, then provide a copy of the completed research in full.
  • Recipients will acknowledge support from “Craft Research Fund at the Center for Craft” in any publications or presentations resulting from the grant, to include the Center for Craft’s logo.

2019 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - Review Process

A panel of reviewers, who are recognized craft artists, scholars, and/or curators, free of any conflict of interest, will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria and a final two Fellows will be selected:

  • Artistic merit
  • Originality
  • Feasibility, I.e. applicant contains the experience and ability to carry out proposed research project
  • Timely - both in the sense of are the questions asked by the applicant timely and is this grant timely in the artists career trajectory - is this the right time for them to receive this grant.
  • Representation - priority will be given to artists who are underrepresented in the field

Considerations in final pairing selection:

  • Representation
  • In and outside academia

2019 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - How to Apply

DEADLINE: The application for Craft Research Fund - Artist Fellowship must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59pm on October 1, 2019. Notification of awards will be released December 2019 for projects beginning January 2020. Work outlined in the grant request must be completed within 18 months of the award.

NOTIFICATION: Notification of the results will be sent via email in December 2019 for a start date of January 1, 2020. The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom at

Please review the sample application below before beginning your application.

Please note there is a separate application for each Craft Research Fund category.

All applicants should create a login to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.

2020 Craft Research Fund – Artist Fellowship SAMPLE APPLICATION

This is only a sample application, all applications must be completed in SlideRoom.

Proposal to be submitted via SlideRoom as follows:

Cover sheet

  1. Applicant name(s)
  2. Your title and organization (if applicable)
  3. Your personal or project specific website
  4. Are you over the age of 21 (yes or no)
  5. Have you lived in the United States for at least two years (yes or no)
  6. Are you able to receive taxable income for the duration of the project period (yes or no)
  7. Project Title (up to 15 words)
  8. Summary of research proposal (50 words)


  1. Artist statement (up to 500 words)
  2. Summary of research proposal, including project deliverables (up to three pages)
  3. How will this research advance your artistic practice? Why is now an optimal time in your career to receive this award? (250 words)
  4. How do you define research in the context of your practice? What questions will you address through your research? (250 words)
  5. What three communities do you hope your project will impact? (250 words)
  6. Timeline and schedule for completing the project. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021 (18 months from start date).
  7. Completed budget form, provided in SlideRoom, sample is below.
  8. Please provide a budget narrative for any budget items that require further explanation.
  9. CV of relevant education and experience (no more than 4 pages).
  10. Please provide two letters of support. References should be requested via SlideRoom and are due at the same time as the application, October 1 (11:59pm EST), 2019.
  11. 10 -15 work samples. You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from hosting sites such as Vimeo, Flickr or YouTube.) During the review process only the first 2 minutes of each video sample so please edit your materials accordingly. Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 pixels on any side @ 72 dpi. Name each jpeg file with “Collaborator’s Last NameImageTitleNumber.jpg,” i.e. “SmithUntitled1.jpg”, “SmithUnititled2.jpg” etc. Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding image description (up to 50 words). This list should correspond to the order in which the images were uploaded. Please include title, date, medium, size, and a short explanation for each.

2019 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - FAQ

Can collectives apply?

We understand that there are many collaborative partnerships in the art world and we encourage you to apply as long as all members of the collective meet the requirements of the application. You can find specific instructions on how to navigate our application as a collective in the application itself. Collectives must demonstrate an extensive collaborative practice.

If I don’t win the award, can I apply again next year?

Yes, as long as you still meet the requirements for application.

If I win, will I have to pay taxes on my award?

Yes, all cash prizes are taxable income.

May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft’s office?

No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.

Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?
Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.

I just submitted my application but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?

No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information. The application fee must also be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in again to access the payment page again.

I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?

If you have any further questions, please contact


Meet the 2019
Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant Recipients

The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2019 Craft Research Fund grants. This year 11 organizations, curators, scholars, and graduate students will receive a total of $98,771 to support craft-centered research, exhibitions, catalogs, and projects in the United States.

2 out of 5 Graduate Research Grant proposals awarded.

Colleen E. Terrell- $2,630

Bard Graduate Center

This project will draw on primary source material and archival documents to provide a focused, nuanced account of the American Craft Council’s “Craft Horizons” magazine’s content, intent, and role in the American studio craft movement in the postwar years (ca. 1950-1979).

Learn more

Eliza West- $5,000

Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture

The craft of fulling (shrinking and felting) is essential to the production of woolen textiles, but its role in defining the end uses of textiles is not well understood. This project will recreate and full historic textiles using period techniques in order to better understand the importance of this craft.

Learn more

2019 Selection Committee

Marie Cochran

Marie Cochran is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project, which celebrates the intersection of cultures in Appalachia--- specifically nurturing a network of African American creatives and welcoming anyone committed to the sustainability of a diverse region.

Bernie Herman

Bernie Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, works on the material cultures of everyday life and the ways in which people furnish, inhabit, communicate, and understand the worlds of things.

Lydia Matthews

Lydia Matthews is Professor of Visual Culture in Parsons Fine Arts program and founding Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at The New School.

Mary Savig

Mary Savig is the curator of manuscripts at the Archives of American Art. Her broad research objective is to understand the historical development of craft in the 20th century and how it has functioned as an indicator of culture

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