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Faculty Fellow in Arts Policy

As part of our mission to advance research that will benefit policy-makers and cultural producers, the Curb Center invites proposals for research projects devoted to any aspect of arts policy or the role of creative expression in society. Projects should explore the challenges and/or opportunities in the arts or arts policy, including but not limited to music, copyright, graphic arts, film, artistic careers, the entertainment industry, distribution and access, digital media, racial or gender equity in the arts, creative place-making, non-profits, creativity and well-being, arts entrepreneurship, and arts education.

The Faculty Fellow in Arts Policy will receive a one-year award up to $5000 of seed money to support new research endeavors, fund pilot studies, or to facilitate added policy dimension to existing studies.

Applications are solicited on an annual basis, typically during the fall semester, with the following general guidelines:

  • All VU faculty are eligible to apply, including lecturers, senior lecturers, non-tenure track, tenured-track and tenured faculty.
  • The typical funding period runs from October through June of any given academic year. Funds not used by the end of the award period are forfeited.
  • Funds can be used to hire research assistants, support qualitative and quantitative surveys and focus groups, or research supplies and small equipment. Travel to collect data or meet with off-site collaborators is also allowed; conference travel is not permitted.
  • Faculty salary is not allowed.
  • A mid-year and final project report are required
  • Faculty Fellows may apply for a one-year renewal of their Fellowship as long as the project has proceeded according to plan.