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Arts Fellowships, Grants and Awards

​Grants & Other Funding Opportunities

The UCSC Arts Research Development Office posts an Arts Funding Snapshot each month with funding sources. They also list links to many other graduate student grants & fellowships.

Design In Diversity Scholarship

Deadline May 27, 2022 More information and application

Sustainability Decathalon

The new due date for applications is May of 2022.

The OCSD23 is a new competition to build and market affordable, sustainable housing for the State of California. OCSD23 is seeking college teams that are passionate, goal-oriented, and motivated to take action because they understand the urgent need for inventive thinking. Teams will design and build, from the ground up, model net zero-energy homes that demonstrate how innovative applications of building science and technology can help mitigate climate change and alleviate the housing crisis. The homes will be assembled in a "solar village" at the Fairgrounds for public tours and awards

Teams accepted into the competition will receive a one-time $100,000 stipend as seed money.  

The Sustainability Decathlon will also have a Sustainability Exposition with displays from local and state agencies and the private sector which showcase sustainability efforts.  Think of this as a "World's Fair of Sustainability."

The overall goal is to help the state of California meet its goal of a clean energy future.

The website is now live. You can learn more about the exciting new competition and how to apply here:

ITVS Open Call for Applications

Deadline July 16, 2021

Short form open call offers development and co-production funding to help you complete your short, non-fiction film or series for distribution on public media's web-based platforms.

Rick Hooper Scholarship

For more information and application: HERE

The Rick Hooper Scholarship, administered through the Division of Social Sciences, is based on academic merit and financial need. Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing.  Preference is given to undergraduate students in any UC Santa Cruz department who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in one or more of the areas in which Rick Hooper focused his life's work. The award is intended to fund travel by the selected undergraduate student or students for any of the following purposes:

  • increasing understanding of the Arabic language or the Arabic-speaking or Muslim world
  • study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim majority country
  • an internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights
  • study or work in Palestinian human rights issues  


The Caucus Foundation

Deadline: February 1,2022 Apply HERE

In 21 years, 194 grants, over $2 Million in finishing funds and awards to College and University students across the country.
Grants are now open to all students enrolled in an accredited school. 2022 Round 1 Student Grant Applications deadline is extended to February 1, 2022. Purpose of the Grants: To assist worthy students in completing their student thesis film, TV program, video or interactive projects. The award will provide completion money after other means of fundraising have been exhausted. This program is intended to combat the lack of diversity in content and creative people in our industry.

Rationale for the Grants: The Caucus recognizes its responsibility to take action to promote diversity behind the camera in our industry. We look to the accredited film, television, media programs at our universities and colleges as the source of the talented writers, directors and producers of the future. While scholarships are becoming more and more plentiful, support for students in completing their portfolio project is scarce. These projects serve as a calling card for entry in the industry. Further, the selection and identification process will, of itself, validate and recognize young talent and provide a source of mentors as they make the transition from student to industry professional.

Eligibility: Applicants must be registered in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program that requires the student to complete a thesis project in film, television program, video or interactive project for their degree and must be either the producer or director of the film. Applicant must also be a US Citizen. The student must be enrolled at an accredited University, College or Conservatory at time of submission or has graduated within three months of the due date of application.

Submissions: May be a structured film as currently understood, or TV Program of any genre i.e. game show, reality program, situation comedy, variety program, documentary or any commonly produced form in contemporary broadcasting including webisodes.


Rachel Carson College
Our friends at the Rachel Carson Councila national environmental sustainability initiative, have announced exciting opportunities for undergraduates and recent grads. RCC is offering Fellowships that provide a $2,000 stipend, a free 5-day American Environmental Leadership Institute, and year-long remote mentoring for undergraduates engaged in a range of environmental projects or campaigns on their own campus and community. Ideal for students committed to civic engagement and justice, these twenty-five Fellowships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year. Food insecurity and hunger, divestment, community solar, podcasts, and more are some of what prior RCC Fellows have been engaged in.

Smithsonian-Wide (SI) and Smithsonian Unit, varying deadlines. Please visit each website for details about eligibility and application.

  • Centrally funded opportunities that place fellows throughout the Smithsonian and at each of the museums, research centers and other units