Year-long Fellowships

The NXTHVN Fellowship Program catalyzes art careers and long-term creative connections through mentorship, professional development, and hands-on training.


Each year NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists and two curators to participate in its paid 10-month intensive Fellowship Program. Each fellow will receive studio or office space, a stipend, and subsidized housing. Selected from an international pool of applicants, fellows relocate to New Haven to participate in NXTHVN’s mentorship-driven curriculum which includes professional development sessions led by visiting artists, curators, scholars, and practitioners. Selected fellows are also matched with a high school apprentice, for focused one-on-one mutual learning, which gives the next local generation a chance to grow and excel in creative fields. The fellowship year culminates with an annual group show at a prominent gallery space.


NXTHVN’s 10-month fellowships provide:
• Curatorial fellows will each receive a $45,000 stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the fellowship year.
• Studio fellows will each receive a $35,000 stipend disbursed quarterly throughout the fellowship year.
• Optional, subsidized housing in the Dixwell Neighborhood of New Haven
• Dedicated work and/or studio space with 24-hour access
• Monthly professional development sessions
• Access to NXTHVN’s professional network of field experts and guest speakers
• Culminating exhibitions for curatorial fellows and studio fellows
• An annual publication featuring writing and work by the fellows and apprentices
• Opportunity to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming
• Vocabulary and skills for navigating the art market


Expectations include:
• Completing the entire 10-month residency program
• Attendance at all professional development and advising sessions
• Relocation to New Haven
• Authorship and creation for most works completed onsite at NXTHVN
• Spending 13 hours per month mentoring a high school apprentice
• Proof of Covid vaccination is required. NXTHVN reserves the right to require additional Covid vaccines and safety protocols during the fellowship.