Stanford Alumni Arts Grant

Applications are sought for Stanford alumni arts projects


To support a burgeoning arts career by a recent Stanford graduate, this award will provide up to $5,000 toward a public production, exhibit, publication, or other original work in any arts discipline to occur during the upcoming year.

This grant is administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.

The Stanford Alumni Arts Grant is made possible by generous gifts from individuals and the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund.


Who can apply?

Grants are open to Stanford University alumni from any undergraduate or coterm program who graduated between 2014-2018. (For co-term students, you must have completed your co-term program prior to the application deadline.)

Recipient should not be a current full-time student at Stanford University or another institution; part-time students are eligible as long as they are not enrolled at Stanford University.

What types of projects are eligible?

Projects will be considered in the following categories:

  • Visual Art Exhibition (includes Photography)
  • Film or Digital Media Production (includes Screenwriting)
  • Performance (Dance, Theater, Playwriting, and Interdisciplinary)
  • Music and Sound

Projects involving recorded media (such as an album, film, or podcast) must also incorporate a live component (such as a concert or film screening) as part of the project plan.

The public performance, exhibit, or screening should take place during calendar year 2019. Exact dates do not have to be determined at the time of application, but a plan for exhibition should be clarified as soon as possible. Events do not need to take place on the main Stanford campus.

Funding and Expectations

This award is intended to enhance the existing plans for a public art project. Applicants may receive partial or full awards.

Proposals should make clear how the grant funds ($1,000-$5,000) will add value or opportunity that would not otherwise be possible.

  • The award can be used toward facility or installation costs, technical production costs, printing and publication expenses, marketing expenses, etc.
  • For works already receiving fiscal or production support from another organization, the Stanford Alumni Arts Grant can be used toward costs not covered by the sponsor.
  • This award is not intended to support salaries or living expenses for the recipient, although it can be used to support technical specialist expenses as needed.

The grant recipient is responsible for providing the Office of the Vice President for the Arts with appropriate documentation of the completed project and will provide up to four tickets to the premiere event available to Stanford-related attendees as requested. The grant recipient will also provide financial documentation at the conclusion of the grant.

Awards payments are subject to U.S. and state income tax laws, and that the payment of the award may be tax reportable. Grant recipients are responsible for reporting stipend payments to the proper taxing authorities, as well as liable for any tax payments that may be due. 

How to Apply


  • October 31, 2018 by 11:59pm (Pacific): Application deadline
  • December 2018: Semi-finalists notified
  • late January 2019: Finalists notified


Application materials include:

  1. Stanford Graduation Details, Artist’s Bio (150-200 words), Artist Resume
  2. Project Title, Genre/Media, Project Abstract (100 words)
  3. Project Proposal (~750 words)
  4. Project Timeline
  5. Project Budget (Please use provided Budget Form. If additional budget documentation is available, please upload that documentation with the Budget Form as a single file)
  6. Up to three pieces of media that demonstrate your skill and accomplishments in your genre or media. Please submit samples that were completed within the past five years (preferably post-Stanford graduation).

Application Resources


Sabrina Wilensky
Projects and Grants Manager
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

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