By Ida Harris
Published August 27, 2019

9 Black-Led Residencies And Fellowships Every Creative Should Know About

Opportunity is everything for Black creators, in spaces where the odds are stacked against them.

Thus, Black creatives benefit from specifically tailored spaces and resources.

Here are nine Black-led fellowships and residencies designed with Blackness in mind.

Location: Harlem, NY
Submission: Jan-May

1. Studio museum harlem residency

visual arts

Studio Museum Harlem

Location: Harlem, NY

Submission Dates: Applications accepted from January to May 1.


"The Studio Museum in Harlem offers an eleven-month studio residency for three emerging artists working in any media. The program is designed to serve emerging artists of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent working locally, nationally, or internationally. "

Submission: Closed Voting Process

2. Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship

photography, film, visual arts, music

Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship

Location: U.S.

Submission Dates: Closed voting process


The Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowships are awarded annually to two photographers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians to support the development of new or ongoing projects that explore themes of representation and social justice in historical dialogue with Parks’ creative work and vision.

Location: Saint Paul de Vence, France
Submission: Sept. 1 - Dec. 1


emerging writers

La Maison Baldwin Writer-in-Residence

Location: Saint Paul de Vence, France

Submission Dates: Sept. 1 - Dec. 1


"This fellowship is open to emerging writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin. Eligible to apply are poets, playwrights, essayists and fiction writers with no more than one full-length published book, produced film, or professionally staged production (in other words: short films, staged readings, chapbooks and one-act plays don't count)."

Location: online
Submission: year-round

women & nonbinary writers

4. Jack Jones
Literary Arts Workshop

Jack Jones Literary Arts Workshop

Location: Online

Submission Dates: Rolling


This workshop will teach the expectant author how to set realistic goals while making room for your biggest dreams, create a marketing plan, define your book's audience, pitch yourself to media and create relationships with booksellers."

5. James Weldon Johnson Foundation residency

artists, writers and scholars

Location: Berkshire Mountains, MA
Submission: annually

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James Weldon Johnson Foundation

Location: Berkshire, MA

Submission Dates: not posted


"The residency program seeks to support both established and emerging visual artists, writers, scholars and others whose work exemplifies the values that James Weldon Johnson dedicated his life to: social equity, creative expression, erudition, social justice and community."

6. Black Rock
Senegal Residency

visual artists

Location: Dakar, Senegal
Submission: TBD

Black Rock Senegal Residency

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Submission Dates: To be determined


The Black Rock Senegal property includes a residence and studio space for famed artist Kehinde Wiley along with three single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Residents will be invited to live and work on-site for between one and three month intervals.

Location: Chicago, IL
Submission: rolling

art, cultural development

7. Rebuild Foundation

Photo credit: Rebuild Foundation

Rebuild Foundation

Location: Chicago, IL

Submission Dates: Rolling submission


"Rebuild Foundation is a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation. Our projects support artists and strengthen communities by providing free arts programming, creating new cultural amenities, and developing affordable housing, studio, and live-work space."

Location: New York, NY
Submission: Sept. 10 - Dec. 1

research & writing

8. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Location: New York, NY

Submission Dates: Sept. 10 - Dec. 1


"The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture."

Location: U.S.
Submission: Apr.

museum leadership

9. Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative Grant

Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative Grant

Location: U.S.

Submission Dates: Apr.


The Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation are affirmatively working to increase the demographic and cultural diversity of America’s art museum curatorial and management leadership. The foundations are seeding a grant program and eligible art museums (or museum consortium) may submit a Letter of Interest at the website.

Hopefully, this 4-1-1 eases the burden that stem from lack of opportunities and resources.

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