Funding Resources for Students

Alexia Foundation
Cash grants and educational opportunities to support bodies of work promoting peace and cultural understanding

Americans for the Arts
Programs and awards to support the arts

Broke Scholar
Scholarship search engine

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Prestigious funding to research and/or teach abroad

Government Grants
Wide-ranging grants for individuals and institutions

National Assembly of State Arts Associations
Directory of State Arts Agencies offering opportunities and funding for artists

National Endowment for the Arts
National funding and opportunities for artists

New York Foundation for the Arts
Resource for art opportunities, funding, studios, and residencies across the country


Grants and Competitions

Year Round

Adventographer Travel Scholarship (bi-annual, fall and spring semesters)
$1500 for students for travel photography

CDS Filmmaker Award (unclear deadline)
$7500 for documentary films; selected from among films in competition at Full Frame Documentary Festival held each spring in Durham, NC

The Documentary Project Fund (twice a year)
$5000 for documentary photographic projects that benefit your community

Getty Images Creative Grants and Emerging Talent Award (unclear deadline)
Cash prizes for (mostly) editorial photography

Photo District News (ongoing)
Multiple photo contests and cash prizes throughout the year

Sony World Photography Awards (ongoing)
Multiple student and professional photo competitions with various prizes


Aperture Portfolio Prize (Jan)
$3000 cash prize for photography plus an exhibition in New York; entry fee = Aperture magazine print subscription

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund (Jan)
$500-$1500 for Visual Art and Literary Projects by feminist women in the art

CENTER Grants (Jan/Feb)
$5000 project development grant for fine art, documentary, or photo-journalist works-in-progress;
$5000 project launch grant for fine art series or documentary project; entry fee = $55

The Inge Morath Award (Jan/Feb)
Given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age to assist in completing a long term documentary project

Documentary Essay Prize (Feb)
$3000 for a documentary essay- one year, photos; one year, writing; entry fee = $50


The Daylight Photo Awards (May)
$1000 for a cohesive series or body of work; entry fee = $35

Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize (May)
$10000 for documentarians doing extended, ongoing fieldwork projects exploring the relationship between words and images; entry fee = $70

Lenscratch Student Prize (May)
$500 plus gift certificates and additional items 

Photo Review International Photography Competition (May)
$500 plus exhibition at the University of the Arts Photography Gallery (Philadelphia); entry fee = $35

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers (May)
$4000 to complete a photographic work-in-progress; entry fee = $1 


Sarah Jacobson Film Grant (June)
$2000 to support DIY filmmaking focused on social critique with an underground sensibility 


International Photo Awards (Aug)
$500-$10000 awards for best photographs in a variety of categories; minimum entry fee = $15 students, $25 for non-students

Aperture Photo Book Award (Sep)
$10000 for best First Photo Book; prize for Best Photobook of the Year also; entry fee = $30 per book

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer and Fujifilm Young Talent Awards (Sep)
$10000 for each award; the FYT award is for photographers 25 years old or younger

PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant (Sep/Oct)
Up to $6500 cash prizes for female photographers; entry fee = $25

Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards (Oct)
Up to $5000 and other prizes; entry fee = $40

Fotofoto National Photography Competition (Oct)
$200-$500 for photographic image; entry fee = $40

New Delta Review: Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Photography (Oct)
$400 and publication of 5-11 previously unpublished photographs that tell a story or are centered on a unified theme

The Aftermath Project (Nov)
$25000 to support photographic projects by working photographers that “tell the other half of the story of conflict”


For Alumni Only

The Aaron Siskind Foundation (Spring)
$10000 for artists working in photography or photo-based art, based on accomplishment to date and promise of achievement in the medium, and are professionally active or employed in the field

Prix Virginia (May)
$12500 for professional female photographer

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (May)
$35000 for a photographer whose past work and proposed project demonstrates commitment to social issues through photographic essays; entry fee = $50

Creative Capital Award (Sep)
Up to $50000 in direct project funding plus $45000 value of additional (non-financial) support; artists must be 25 years or older with five years or more of professional experience

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (Sep)
Up to $40000 for “midcareer” artists; the size of grant varies depending on the needs of Fellows and the purpose and scope of their plans


Fellowships and Internships

Americans for the Arts (DC) (Ongoing)

Art Internships (Baltimore) (Ongoing)

Art Internships (DC) (Ongoing)

Artechouse Internships (DC) (Ongoing)

Baltimore Museum of Art (Ongoing)

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Internships (Ongoing)


Louis Armstrong Museum Fellow Program (Feb)
10-month Fellowship, 35 hrs per week, $30,000, Queens (NY), for alumni

National Museum of Women in the Arts (Feb)
Summer, paid, DC

Smithsonian Museum Internship Opportunities (Ongoing)

Smithsonian Studio Arts Intern (Feb)
Summer, 25-40 hrs per week, unpaid, DC

T Howard Foundation

Television Academy Foundation

The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) (Ongoing)



The Abrons Arts Center

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Artists’ Enclave at I-Park

The Bellagio Study and Conference Center at The Rockefeller Foundation

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Berlin Artists-in-Residence Program

Camargo Foundation

Camera Club of New York

The Chinati Foundatio 

Edward F. Albee Foundation

The Eyebeam Atelier

Fine Arts Work Center

Glacier National Park Artist in Residency

Harvestworks Artist In Residency

Headlands Center for the Art 

International Artists’ Studio Program (IASPIS 

Light Work Artist in Residence 

MacDowell Colony

Millay Colony for the Arts

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Penland School of Crafts

The Ragdale Foundation 

Rome Prize Fellowship 

Saltonstall Arts Colony

Skowhegan Artist Residency

The Space Program with The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation

Vermont Studio Center

Visual Studies Workshop

The Whitney Independent Study Program

Women’s Studio Workshop

WUSTL Freund Fellowship

Yaddo Artist Colony 


Professional Memberships

Check out the below organizations for professional networking, discount student memberships, discounted insurance for photo/video equipment, contests, funding, educational opportunities, and sharing work.


American Advertising Federation

American Photographic Artists

American Society of Media Photographers

American Watercolor Society



College Art Association

Creative Edge Collaborative

DesignPark 3311

DC Fashion Chamber of Commerce

Harlem Fashion Row


National Association for the Visual Arts

National Watercolor Society

One Club

Organization of Black Designers

PHOTO+ Group

Professional Photographers of America



Society of Illustrators

Washington Sculptors Group


Women’s Caucus for Art

Arts Organizations

Check out the organizations below for potential educational or exhibition opportunities, as well as ways to engage the community through art.

Americans for the Arts (DC)

Art All Night DC

Arts & Humanities at Takoma Park (MD)

Black Artists of DC

Bowie Arts Committee

Brentwood Arts Exchange (MD)

Capital Fringe (DC)

Creative Time

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

DC Shorts Film Festival

East City Art

FIND ART Information Bank


Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance (MD)

International Sculpture Center

Light City Baltimore

Montpelier Arts Center (MD)

Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council (MD)

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (MD)

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

The Washington Glass School (MD) 


Local Museums, Galleries, and Non-traditional Art Spaces

Adamson Gallery (DC)

Artechouse (DC)

Artist’s Proof Gallery (DC)

Art Whino (DC)

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bowie Center for the Performing Arts 

Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore)

Connersmith Gallery (DC)

Current Space (Baltimore)

District of Columbia Arts Center

Dupont Underground (DC)

Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art (DC)

Guest Spot (Baltimore)

Hemphill Gallery (DC)

Hirshhorn Museum (DC)

Maryland Art Place (Baltimore)

Morton Fine Art (DC)

National Gallery of Art (DC)

National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC)

National Portrait Gallery (DC)

The Phillips Collection (DC)

Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center

Renwick Gallery (DC)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC)

Target Gallery (Alexandria)

Torpedo Factory (Alexandria)

The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore)

Washington Project for the Arts


Art Criticism Publications

Art F City

Art in America 






BOMB Magazine

The Brooklyn Rail 





Sculpture Magazine

Triple Canopy


Other Art Publications


Architectural Record

The Architectural Review