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Creative Residencies, Awards, Fellowships, and Trainings (CRAFT) Program

The CRAFT Program is an initiative from the Office of Research and Engagement dedicated to helping faculty in arts and design succeed in their professional goals. Through programming, regular communications, individualized support, and new internal funds, the CRAFT Program has been designed to meet the needs of faculty engaged in creative activities.

Who is this for?

This program is primarily for faculty in the School of Art, School of Music, College of Architecture + Design, Theatre Department, and creative writing faculty in the English Department. Other faculty who are engaged in creative activities as part of their research or are interested in collaborating with faculty in the above departments should contact the program coordinator, Hannah Schmidt, at

What will this program provide?

  • Personal Application Assistance: The CRAFT program coordinator is available to assist faculty seeking fellowships, awards, residencies, and other external funds and prizes at any stage of their search. Assistance includes:
    • Finding appropriate funding sources
    • Reviewing multiple application drafts in detail for consistency, strength of argument, grammar, and overall flow
    • Identifying appropriate UT resources
  • Small Group Help Sessions: Topics of wide interest will be presented to departments and small groups upon request. Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • How to use Cayuse and Pivot
    • Writing a Successful Grant for the Arts
    • How to Write a Successful Residency Application Series
  • Funding Communications: The CRAFT program coordinator will distribute an arts-specific funding digest monthly. Interested faculty can sign up for the digest here. We will be posting a guide to using Cayuse as a non-STEM faculty member shortly as well as a list of deadlines for major arts awards.
  • Opportunities for Collaboration: We strongly encourage arts-led collaborations on campus. Faculty interested in being connected to other interested PIs should contact the program coordinator.

When will this program begin?

Small group help sessions will be available beginning Fall 2019. Faculty seeking personal application assistance can contact the program coordinator at any time. Also beginning this fall, the program coordinator will be at these departments at the following times for ad hoc questions and assistance:

What are the new funds available to faculty in the arts?

Faculty can apply for the Domestic Travel Fund starting July 1, 2019. These funds are for faculty who need to travel in the United States in order to disseminate creative activities such as performances, exhibitions, and the like. The existing Scholarly Projects Fund has been revised in order to accommodate visiting artists. Faculty are still encouraged to apply for the Exhibit, Performance and Publication Expenses (EPPE) Fund.