Julia Galloway, from the University of Montana, Missoula has a great resource called “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans,” two pages have residencies split between US and International:
District of Columbia
New Hampshire State Council on the Art:
Start the process at least nine months to one year in advance!
For more information about eligibility and deadlines visit Fulbright Scholarship Program page.
It is essential to choose a country based on some unique aspect of its culture, political structure, or artistic development—an aspect, which is not available in the United States. Learn about the history of the country. Be aware of its political and economic situation (you may be living there for a year, so be prepared)
Location: what is the countries proximity to other regions of interest (you will have time to travel)
Climate: can you deal with it
You will need to take a physical examination before being awarded a grant. This will include an STD test and an AIDS test. If you carry any one of these viruses, you will not be awarded a grant. Each country will have its own physical requirements in addition to the above-mentioned.
Develop a relationship with someone in the host country (a professor or artist).
Develop a relationship with a host institution (not necessary but very helpful).
Get letters of support or invitation from your contacts.
This should address "the why"? Why this particular country? Why this particular time? Why this particular institution? (if applicable) And what? What will I gain from this experience? What will the people of the host country gain? What information can I furnish which is not readily available to them? And how? How will this enhance my career goals? How will this help me mature and grow as a person? How will I share this information with others when I return to the U.S.?
Be honest and humble (If your all that you don’t need the experience a Fulbright will offer).
Try in some way to find something in your personal history that may support your proposal (not necessary but could be helpful).
Someone must get the grant, so it might as well be you!
Deciding to attend MFA programs in the visual arts can require time and personal reflection. There are compelling reasons to do so if you are interested in evolving as an artist, teaching at the college level and/or at independent K-12 schools. An MFA can offer significant opportunities that you would not otherwise have to expand your vision and understanding of your own work and other artists’ practices. It does not guarantee employment in the field, and the cost of MFA programs should be seriously considered.
MFA programs are competitive and varied. It is important to do due research to find the program that is right for you. Explore the faculty, graduate student work, teaching assistant, or other professional development opportunities, the culture, and community you would be a part of, financial aid, facilities, and/or opportunities outside of the art program in determining where you would like to apply.
It can take time to develop a strong, independent portfolio. The average age at many MFA programs
The Department of Art and Art History has copies of The CAA Directory of Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts. This is a valuable resource. It is also important to consult with your professors, alumni, and other individuals who have attended or are attending MFA programs to get advice as you decide if and where you want to apply.
MFA programs provide time, space, a community of other artists, faculty mentors, and visiting artists’ perspectives. This combination can be very challenging and enriching. There is no better way to focus on your work at a critical juncture in your development as an independent artist.