2018 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship Call for MFA|EDA Alumni



How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
R. Buckminster Fuller



The Duke University Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts program (MFA|EDA) and the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) are pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 2018 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, a funding opportunity for MFA|EDA graduates, generously provided by Cassilhaus.
Created with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist, Cassilhaus has partnered with MFA|EDA and CDS to offer graduates the opportunity to apply for the Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, a biennial $10,000 travel grant that supports artistic research and practice and offers a singular opportunity to broaden artistic and cultural experience beyond the traditional educational environment.

“Working so closely with the students in the Duke MFA|EDA program has been an exceptionally rich experience for us. We have each found that extended travel can become a clarifying and illuminating pivot point in the direction of one’s life. We hope that this travel fellowship can help an MFA graduate in their artistic explorations”  said Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus of Cassilhaus, funder of the fellowship.  MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin adds, “This support for travel for our MFA graduates provides the kind of transformative support so essential to the making of new work and the evolution of deep artistic vision.  Our continued thanks go to Ellen and Frank for their nurturing support and abiding interest in the MFA|EDA.”

Entries for the 2018 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship will be accepted from May 15 through June 15, 2018. The winner of the fellowship will be announced in July 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to propose ambitious projects that would otherwise be impossible for them to undertake financially. Solo travel/study is strongly encouraged but collaborations will be considered. Participation in an artist residency program, as a component of the journey, is encouraged but not required.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following: 10 photographs or 5 minutes total video (or a combination), a 1-page proposal, a 1-page budget, and a 1-page C.V. The application fee is $15. Beginning May 15, applicants may upload materials and submit the application fee at Slideroom. The online system provides step-by-step instructions on how to register and submit your materials.  Entries will only be accepted via SlideRoom. Applicants may submit a combination of images and video, for a maximum of 10 uploads:
Up to 10 images (photographs/graphics + text) in digital format  and/or up to 5 minutes of video. Please label materials with captions, to include title, year, format. SlideRoom can also accept links to YouTube/Vimeo. Include descriptive information for each image including materials, dimensions, and duration (if sample).

1-page proposal (pdf). Please provide a brief description (500 words maximum) of your proposed project that includes destinations, anticipated interactions, and objectives. The proposal should include your thoughts on how the project would advance your artistic knowledge and practice, as well as your plans for study and documentation. Discuss your qualifications and/or personal interest in the proposed project.

1-page budget (pdf). Please include costs of travel, lodging, living, equipment, supplies, and materials expenses in your budget. Awards may be used to support the recipient and proposed project only (collaborators/assistants may be included if integral to the project). Budgets should not exceed $10,000, unless additional funding has been secured from other grants or sources. (Note: Fellowships used to pay travel expenses are considered taxable income under the laws of the United States. The $10,000 award will be reported to the winner on a 1099-Miscellaneous tax form; it is the winner’s responsibility to determine tax liability.)
1-page biography or C.V. for each project partner (pdf). NOTE: If your proposal involves foreign travel, please include in your bio or C.V. the places and dates you have traveled in the past five years.

$15 application fee (via Slideroom, when submitting materials)

The 2018 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship is open to graduates of the Duke University MFA|EDA program from 2013 through 2017; students graduating in 2018 and 2019 are not eligible to apply (but will be eligible for future Cassilhaus Fellowship awards as the five-cohort eligibility pool advances). Single artists as well as collaborative teams are eligible.

The recipient of the fellowship will have eighteen months from the time of the award to complete their travel and project work. The Fellow(s) will make a presentation of the produced work in the Spring of 2020 (with the date of the Spring presentation determined by end of January 2020). The mode of presentation (public talk and/or exhibition) and venue will be determined depending on availability; possible locations include Cassilhaus, the Power Plant Gallery, the Rubenstein Arts Center, or the Center for Documentary Studies.

The applications for the 2018 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship will be reviewed by a jury comprised of faculty and staff from the MFA|EDA and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The recipient will be announced in July 2018. The award will be made in August 2018.

Slideroom Application Portal







Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *