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VPA Senior Grant – How to Apply


  • Undergraduate degree conferred in 2021 (March, June, or September)
    • Co-term students are eligible as long as their undergraduate degree has not yet been conferred.
    • December 2021 graduates will be eligible for next year's cycle.
  • Project must involve one of the following:
    • Creation/expansion of an original creative work utilizing at least one of the following disciplines: writing, visual art and design, dance (performance and/or choreography), theater (performance, design, direction), music (performance or composition), digital media, film, fashion/textiles.
    • short course/non-degree granting training program that enhances/expands your skillset as an artist/performer.
  • Work on the project/experience will commence by September 8, 2021.
  • Project cannot be receiving funding from another Stanford University source (e.g. other University grants and stipends, salary/wages, University awards, etc.)


  • Grant awards range from $2,500-$5,000 per eligible student
  • Grant recipients will provide the VPA with two reports to be submitted by the following dates: 
    • September 30, 2021 (progress report)
    • December 31, 2021 (reflection/final report)
  • Recipients will be asked to share their stories via official Stanford social media channels and blogs.
  • Grant awards are paid as stipends to recipients. Grant award payments are subject to U.S. and state income tax laws, and 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

Required application materials include:

  1. Artist/professional resume (as a PDF)
  2. Unofficial transcript through Spring 2021 (as a PDF)
  3. Personal statement (3 questions):
    • Description of the project/experience
    • How will this experience enhance/compliment your evolution as an artist/culture worker while at Stanford?
    • What are your learning goals for this project/experience? How will this project/experience relate to your short-term goals beyond Stanford?
  4. Contingency Plan
  5. Project/Experience Budget (as a PDF, using this template)
  6. Project/Experience Timeline
  7. Letter of recommendation
    • All letters will be submitted by your reference(s) through SlideRoom
    • REQUIRED: One letter must come from a Stanford faculty member, lecturer, or professional staff member who can speak to your work as an artist/arts professional, your involvement in the campus arts community, and your readiness to undertake the proposed project. (Letters cannot be written by current undergraduate students.)
    • OPTIONAL: In addition to your faculty/staff reference, you may also choose to include a peer recommendation from either a current Stanford student or recent alum who can speak to your involvement in the campus arts community.
  8. Portfolio/Work Samples
    • Include a small portfolio that relates to your proposed project. Review the materials guidelines/recommendations.
    • All works must have been made during your time at Stanford.
    • For collaborative pieces please include details regarding your individual contribution.

For Training Applicants: You may be required to submit a letter of confirmation to the grant review committee at a later date.

2020-21 Timeline

  • late Winter 2021: Application Opens
  • early Spring 2021 @ 11:59 pm (Pacific): Application Deadline
    • Letter(s) of Recommendation will be due no later than 48 hours from this deadline.
  • Week 6-7, Spring 2021: Recipients notified
    • Recipients will have 48 hours to accept/decline the award
Sabrina Wilensky 2018


Sabrina Wilensky (she/her)
Manager of Grants and Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

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