Apply for Awards

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Candidate for awards

Whether you are finishing up your OPT, on the last year of your H-1B, or applying for your O-1 visa from your home country, you should try applying for awards, grants and artist residencies to bolster your application. It is very helpful if we can quantify in your application, for example “Ms. Wang was selected as one out two thousand applicants for the Stevenson grant.”

This can sometimes provide a challenge for artists living in the US, as some award entities only allow US citizens to apply. To help you get started, our office has provided below some prestigious awards/fellowships and artist residencies you can consider applying for. Our attorney may be able to guide you on awards that are relevant to your particular profession:

New York Foundation for the Arts

Immigrant Artist Program

McDowell Freedom to Create


Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise