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Hunter Mellon Arts Fellowship Program

Hunter College is pleased to announce an exciting new program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Arts Fellows Program. The fellowship is for talented undergraduate students from minorities historically underrepresented in the arts. The fellowship will support ten students per year. Beginning in their junior year and continuing through the fall of their senior year, fellows will receive stipends for internships in non-profit arts organizations, a robust range of pre-professional mentoring and guidance (including graduate school advisement and preparation), networking opportunities, and intimate exposure to arts leaders. The program will advance a new pipeline of professionals of color in the arts, supporting them to serve at cultural institutions committed to becoming more diverse and inclusive.

Program Benefits

Hunter Mellon Arts Fellows will be selected in the winter of their junior year. They will participate in full-time internships at arts organizations during the summer after their junior year, supported with a fixed stipend of $4,200. Students will continue at their internships part-time during the fall semester of their senior year, supported by an additional stipend. Hunter Mellon Arts Fellows will also be paired with a Hunter College faculty mentor, receive extensive professional development training as well as support for applying for graduate study.

Program Requirements

Candidates for this program will be outstanding undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in Dance, Music, Art, Theater, and/or Art History
  • Starting Junior year in Fall 2018 (earned 45-75 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group

How to Apply

All applications must be accompanied by a nominating recommendation from a Hunter College faculty member. Faculty members must write a letter on your behalf, including your CUNYfirst ID (Student ID), academic major, and current GPA.

To apply please write a brief letter of application, telling us of your interests in the arts and of careers you might be considering. Your letter should include your CUNYfirst ID (Student ID), your major, and your GPA. It should be accompanied by a letter of nomination from a Hunter College faculty member who has read your letter of application. You should have demonstrated interest in Dance, Music, Art, Theater, and/or Art History or active interest in at least one area of the arts (Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Art History, and Theater) and also be a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group or a minority group historically underrepresented in the arts.

Application Deadline Extended: Friday, November 16, 2018

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