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Please submit in a timely fashion to provide enough time for Recommenders to complete the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Upload form also by the deadline.  Applications and all Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by October 19, 2016 (11:59pm EDT)

In 2005, NCECA added the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowships. NCECA is pleased to announce the 13th NCECA Graduate Student Fellowships.  They will be presented next spring at our annual conference in Portland, Oregon. NCECA’s purpose is to promote and improve the ceramic arts through education, research and creative practice.

The student must make a project proposal for use of the $2,000.00 award (cannot include payment of tuition) and must submit additional materials as specified in the Application Process. A maximum of three awards may be made, of which $1,000.00 is mailed following the end of conference. The balance of $1000.00 is paid when a project report with images is submitted and approved.


This is an annual fellowship open to NCECA Student Members who are full-time graduate students matriculated in a degree program at an accredited college, university or art institute in the U.S. at the time of the application deadline. The student must have at least one (1) complete semester or two (2) quarters remaining in Master’s program AFTER receipt of the award at the NCECA Portland conference.

In order to be considered for a Student Fellowship, eligible persons must be a current NCECA Student Member.  Membership is a standalone annual fee.  NCECA Membership fees are not included in any event registration.  Please contact to verify your Membership status.  CLICK HERE to Join Now or Renew your membership.

All applications must be submitted using NCECA’s Online Submittal process (a link to the form is provided below). Your ONLINE submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered. (Only .doc, .docx, .JPEG or .PDF files will be accepted):

  • Proposed Research Project description (3000 character limit)
  • The project must be supportive of your goals as a ceramic artist.  Clearly state your objectives, how the award will be used to fulfill those objectives, an itemized budget (See Excel Template) and the anticipated impact the fellowship will have on your work.  Awards may not be used for tuition.
  • Project Abstract (600 character limit)
  • Budget Excel spreadsheet (download template) ( )
  • Name, City and State of School/Institution currently attending
  • Cumulative Undergraduate and Graduate GPAs
  • Transcripts (official/unofficial) One undergraduate and one graduate transcript required, up to four allowed. (Upload as.doc, .docx or .pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Recommenders’ information to include: Name, Institution, best phone, email and relation to student
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation – One from a current instructor and one from another instructor or professional ceramist.
  • ******All Letters of Recommendation are to be submitted confidentially by the Recommenders using the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Upload form by October 19, 2016 (11:59pm EST).  A link to the form will be provided once the student has successfully submitted the application. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the link to Recommenders allowing enough time for Recommenders to complete and submit the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Upload form. Please alert the Recommenders there is an October 19, 2016 (11:59pm EST) deadline.
  • Exactly 10 images (upload as jpg only) Required information for each image:
  • Title, image description, clay type, firing method, date, dimensions (H, W, D)
The Nominations Committee includes the Past President, one Director at Large, one Student Director at Large, an Honorary Member or Fellow of the Council and one member at large appointed by the president. Proposals will be selected based on the creativity of the project, the impact the award will have on the student’s work and development, the quality of work presented, and the nature of the recommendation letters. The committee will review submissions and notify applicants by: DECEMBER 1, 2016.

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For questions about the Student Fellowships please contact:
Deb Bedwell, Nominations Committee Chair

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Photo: Roberto Lugo, 2013 NCECA Graduate Fellowship recipient, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA