Through the application process, artists attain significant skills which they will use throughout their careers--such as expertise in preparing grant proposals, professional networking and communication, portfolio preparation, and presentation skills.
Competitions such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program require enrolled students to follow a highly structured process. Other foundations and organizations, such as the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, accept independent applications, or request nominations from MICA. Support from Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development's Grant & Fellowship Advisor has been invaluable in helping MICA students to attain an unusual degree of success in many major competitions--in the past eight years alone, more than a dozen MICA students and alumni have received Fulbrights, eight have earned the Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship, and three have earned the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship, which provided full funding for graduate study. In 2008, MICA was ranked first nationally among specialty schools as a producer of Fulbright Scholars in an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education. MICA students and alumni also regularly earn highly competitive residency slots at Skowhegan, and other prestigious artists communities in the United States and abroad.
We invite students and alumni to use our advising services throughout their application process so they may submit competitive and excellent application materials. Erin Treacy is MICA's Fulbright Program Adviser & Jack Kent Cooke Adviser and she can be reached at email@example.com and through the Career Development Office at 410-225-2420.
Further information on applying for grants is available in the publication Grants and Competitions: A Sourcebook for Artists and Designers.