frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to apply?

  • In short, anyone who meets the age requirement is eligible. We accept proposals from young artists internationally, regardless of gender or gender identification, race, religion, citizenship, educational background (public school, private school, home school, or other), or prior experience or education in art. 

  • The only eligibility restriction for the Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship is age: applicants must be no more than 17 years of age on the date indicated on the current application form. For the 2021-22 application cycle, your birthday must fall on or after June 2, 2004.


What images should I submit with my Phase I application?

  • Choose images that represent your best work

  • Images of finished work are preferable to works in progress. The jury wants to see that, as an artist, you are able to complete an ambitious creative project. By sharing finished work you are giving concrete examples of your ability to follow through

  • The best images are clear, well-lit, and on a clean background. Installation shots are a good way to showcase multiple works and present yourself in a professional manner

  • Image size: Please make sure the images are high-quality, not grainy or pixelated. 300 dpi is the standard for high-quality images

  • Phase II applicants only: Ideally, the images submitted should have some connection to your proposed project. Sketches, drawings, short samples of video, or photographs that illustrate the concept or key components of your proposed project are also very helpful. This will help the jury to envision what you hope to make


I have been selected for Phase II. Do you have any advice for writing my proposal?

  • Think big and propose a project you would otherwise be unable to do, while keeping in mind that feasibility is a factor when proposals are chosen

  • Write in clear and concise sentences

  • Articulate a clear goal

  • Feel free to mention the ideas or motivations behind your proposed project, but also explain clearly and concretely how the project will materialize. The jury should be excited by the idea of your project and confident that you will be able to complete it

  • Edit your proposal for clarity; avoid wordiness or excessive use of jargon (technical, academic, or otherwise)

  • Prepare your application materials ahead of time. Have someone review your application before submitting

  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. There are often issues or unexpected delays when submitting digital applications. Although these issues may not be your fault, being prepared and having your application in ahead of time shows that you are an organized, trustworthy, and responsible applicant


Phase II: What are you looking for in a budget?

  • $10,000 is currently the maximum grant amount for an individual Fellow; proposed budgets will be carefully reviewed for realistic and well-researched estimates, efficiency, and creative efforts to do more with less

  • Don’t ask for excessive or unreasonable things e.g. a week’s vacation, purchases that are not essential to your project

  • For technical equipment, electronics, and similar items, the expectation is that the Fellow will rent rather purchase. In some cases the foundation will purchase equipment at the Fellow’s request and loan the item to the Fellow; the equipment will then be returned to the foundation for use by future Fellows or other foundation purposes

  • The amount requested in the proposed budget is not always what will fully be awarded. The Fellowship reserves the right to approve or deny certain requests

  • The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship is not a scholarship fund and cannot fund school tuition, even for an art school. It is possible, however, to request a limited amount of funding for highly specific workshops or short courses outside of your school’s curriculum to acquire a specific skill needed for the development of your proposed Fellowship project e.g. if you are planning on including a video element to your project and you do not know how to use editing software, a short film editing course enabling you to edit your film would be approvable. If you are primarily a painter and propose a sculpture project and want to take a 3D course at the college you are currently enrolled in, the Fellowship cannot pay the tuition for said class

  • Fellowship funds cannot be spent on food under any circumstances (unless said food is a pre-approved material used exclusively in the artwork itself)

  • If travel is involved in your proposal, please justify why such travel is essential for the project and demonstrate careful and economical planning around your travel plans. In the interest of fiscal responsibility, the Fellowship will book travel and accommodation directly for its Fellows’ project-related trips when doing so will be more economical

  • Please consider the cost of gas, or transportation tickets, and lodging in your budget; Fellows are personally responsible for basic personal expenses (such as meals) 


Phase II: Whom should I list as a reference?

  • Most applicants enrolled in traditional schools will list teachers of art or other subjects taught at their school or in an after school program. The degree to which a teacher is acquainted with you and your learning style is far more important than the subject that the teacher teaches

  • If you are home-schooled or not enrolled in a traditional school, feel free to list any adult person (with no family connection to you) who can speak to your creativity, independence, and/or ability to complete an independent creative project. A teacher, tutor, counselor, or administrator of any educational or other organization or program in which you have taken part would be fine

  • Should you not be able to provide two references as described above for any reason, please contact us at and we will work with you to search for a solution based on your personal situation; it should not be an obstacle to applying for the Fellowship


I have submitted my application. What happens now?

  • For the 2021-22 application cycle, Phase I applicants will be notified within 4-6 weeks of the submission deadline if they have been selected for Phase II of the process, which involves the submission of a more detailed proposal, including a budget, and two references

  • Phase II applicants will be notified on or before May 1st, 2021 on whether or not their proposal has been chosen


Will I be able to exhibit my Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship project?

  • The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Foundation does not require its Fellows to exhibit their projects formally; however, in the past, many of our Fellows have chosen to exhibit part or all of their Fellowship project in a public setting.

  • If exhibition is an integral part of your vision for your project and you wish the Fellowship to support you in this, we expect you to consider costs associated with this in your budget. Make sure to account for exhibition space rental, installation materials, moving your work, assistants (art handlers), etc.  

  • You might decide only towards the end of your Fellowship period that you wish to exhibit the artwork(s) resulting from your project. The foundation seeks to support its Fellows in this aim whenever possible, and may-- entirely at its discretion and on a case-by-case basis-- provide financial or other assistance to Fellows in exhibiting


Any other information for new Fellows to keep in mind?

  • You are asked to share images of your process and project as you work on it, as well as of the completed project

  • We would like to present your project to our Jury, Patrons, and larger Fellowship community during and after it is complete. Historically we have done this in various ways (digitally, printed publications, presentations, etc.) We expect that you will work with us to make this possible

  • The Fellowship and the Foundation are entitled to use, without license or pre-approval, in perpetuity and without restriction, any images you share with us related to your project