Grants & Fellowships
USITT is dedicated to actively promoting the advancement of the knowledge and skills of its members. The support of member grants and fellowships in performing arts design and technology serves USITT’s mission and promotes the advancement of knowledge in our respective specializations. USITT funds its grants and fellowships from the Edward F. Kook Fund and the general operations budget.
The USITT Grants Program provides Project Grants and Fellowships to USITT members. Project Grants provide project support in amounts up to $10,000. Fellowships provide for advanced study and are given in amounts up to $15,000.
A USITT Project Grant differs from a USITT Fellowship because a Project Grant identifies a specific new solution to a problem, creates a new product, establishes a useful database, documents critical information, or preserves vital historic information. A USITT Fellowship is given to provide an individual with financial resources to engage in research that is of critical and unique interest to the individual and would be of value/interest to Institute members. Project Grants are awarded on even numbered years while Fellowships are awarded on odd numbered years.
The USITT Project Grants program is the Institute’s main avenue of support for individuals and small teams of researchers undertaking entertainment industry related research. USITT’s Grants enhance the Institute’s vision of increasing the knowledge and skills of its members through financially supporting innovative thinking. USITT Project Grants support discrete, well-defined projects that require limited levels of funding and can be realistically completed in 18 months. These exploratory/developmental grants support investigation of novel entertainment industry ideas or new model systems, tools, or technologies that have the potential of having a significant impact on USITT members. In addition to submitting a final report, an outcome of all Project Grants involves sharing the applicant’s research with USITT membership through activities such as conference presentations at USITT events or submitting articles in USITT publications.
International Artist Exchange Grant
This grant is designated to support institutions working together to integrate international theatre artists into their offerings for the purpose of enhancing the educational opportunities and cultural exchange for students and faculty.
International Travel Grant
This grant has been established to support USITT student and individual/professional members in achieving international travel for education and research in theatre related fields. The grant application process is open to USITT students in odd years and individuals/professionals in even years.
Fellowships are awarded for excellence in scholarly activities related to advanced study in the areas of performing arts design and technology. Proposals for USITT Fellowships must have a coherent theme and should generate important scholarly or creative activity that will produce a significant result. Fellowships are funded in amounts up to $15,000. Individuals who are awarded a Fellowship must submit a written report within 18 months of receiving funding to the USITT office which will be reviewed by the Grants & Fellowships Committee.