Apply for Fellowship

The Fellowship Program funded by the LeRoy Neiman Foundation is one of Ox-Bow's most sought after and rewarding programs. Degree-seeking students who are upperclassmen in college, or MFA students, are at least 21 years old at the start of the fellowship and are able to work in the United States are eligible to spend 13 weeks at Ox-Bow.

Application Deadline: February 20th, 2020

Applicants will hear back about their application within 5 weeks of applying.

Please note, if you apply for the fellowship program, your application will automatically be included in the Ox-Bow summer course merit scholarship review.  You do not need to fill out an additional application.

Who can Apply?

SAIC Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Ox-Bow offers two fellowships to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior degree-seeking students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Open to current SAIC students or SAIC students who graduated in or after December of 2018. Applicants must also be at least 21 years of age at start of the fellowship and be eligible to work in the United States.


Non-SAIC Degree seeking students from any school

Ox-Bow also offers two positions to undergraduate and graduate students from any degree-granting institution. Students should be in their junior year or older and currently enrolled in a degree program in the visual arts or who graduated in or after December of 2018. You must be at least 21 years of age at start of the fellowship and be eligible to work in the United States..

Application Requirements

We accept fellowship applications once a year. All applications should be submitted online via submittable.

You will be asked to provide the following for the application:

  • Statement of Purpose: Describe your work and what you hope to accomplish while at Ox-Bow.

  • Statement of Interest: Why are you interested in the fellowship program?

  • Ox-Bow fellows are an important of the campus community. What would make you good community member? Share with us your experience of working in a group setting.

  • What is your relationship to work, particularly physical and administrative labor? Please speak to your work ethic and experience, referencing the specific positions and any previous experience you may have (paid, internship, or at home). 

  • Ox-Bow is a very social environment during the summer. In addition to the socializing that takes place among residents and staff, there is also a fast turnover rate of students, faculty and residents who come and go each week. How would you describe your identity as a social person, including details on your communication style? How do you set boundaries and manage your time? 

  • One letter of recommendation. The recommendations should speak to your work, level of responsibility, address your ability to work independently and in within a community. On the application form you will be asked to enter the email address of your recommender. They will receive an email with a link to upload a recommendation letter once you have submitted your application. Please be sure to alert your recommender ahead of the deadline so they can have your letter prepared. They should upload their recommendation letter no later than February 22nd. Alternately, the letter can be emailed directly to Please have the recommender include your name in the subject of the email.

  • Documentation of Works See guidelines below

  • Resume or CV

  • Image List / Work Inventory

  • Non-SAIC students must submit an unofficial transcript

Work Documentation Guidelines

Please label all files with your last name, first name and number.
(Smith, Joe_01, Smith, Joe_02, etc...)

Include one or more of the following:

  • 10-15 digital images (NO POWERPOINTS OR PDFs for images)

  • Video work(s) or video documentation of work, max. 10 minutes. (Vimeo or Youtube are preferred).

  • Audio work(s) max 10 minutes. (web addresses or MOV, WAV, MP3, etc)

  • Attachments cannot exceed a total of 400 Megabytes; no single file should be larger than 80 MB. We don’t have specific image guidelines. Please note that images are viewed online and will be projected during the panel meeting.