General. Residencies are typically four weeks long. Shorter residencies are also available.
Who should apply? Writers, artists, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply. WISC seeks proposals aligned with our focus areas, broadly defined, as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy.
Everyone is welcome at WISC to pursue work relevant to the interests and experiences of women.
Former WISC Fellows must wait two years from the start date of their last fellowship before applying for another fellowship.
Applications are open year round. They are reviewed
twice a year with review periods beginning March
1st and November
1st. Any applications submitted after 12 midnight Mountain Time on these dates will be reviewed during the next review period.
fellows will be notified about eight weeks of these
deadlines, in early May and early January.
Residency Periods. Applicants will be asked to suggest up to
three choices of residency dates, in order of preference. These periods should fall within 12 months
beginning no sooner than 90 days after the review date (March 1st and November 1st).
For example, those proposing under the March 1st review date should suggest residency periods beginning no sooner
than June 1st of the year in which they are applying and no later
than June 1st of the following year.
Those proposing under the November 1st review date should suggest residency periods beginning no sooner than February 1st of the next year and no later than February 1st of the year after that.
Proposal. The proposal, limited to 500 words, should
1. A description of your project with a timeline.
2. The current status of your work on this topic.
3. How the project relates to the WISC focus areas.
4. How a fellowship at WISC will help you
further your progress.
Proposal Review. Applicants will be reviewed by the WISC Academic
Advisory Committee, who will recommend Fellows to the WISC Board of Directors
for a final decision. The Academic Advisory Committee is made up of prominent academics, artists, scientists, et al., who are recognized in their fields.
Academic Advisory Committee uses the following guiding principles to assess
- Proposed subject relates to one or more of the WISC
focus areas, broadly defined as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and
- Subject relates to women’s interests, status and experiences.
- Applicant has a significant record of achievement,
scholarship, or experience commensurate with age and career stage.
- Proposal will contribute to scholarship or enhance the
literature or other elements, such as best practices, in the subject area.
- Project is well conceived, clearly articulated with
- Residency will benefit the applicant’s study or
opportunities for accomplishment in his/her field.
- Applicant would work well within a diverse community of Fellows.
Presentation. Fellows are encouraged to give a public
presentation of their work during their residency which WISC will host. A conversation (rather than
formal lecture) format is encouraged.
Confidentiality. WISC understands and
agrees that the applicant may provide certain information (proposed original
work) that is and must be kept confidential. To ensure the protection of such
information, WISC agrees to limit disclosure of confidential information within
its own organization to its directors, advisors, partners, employees and/or
independent contractors (collectively referred to as “affiliates”) having a
need to access the confidential information. WISC and affiliates will not
disclose the confidential information obtained from the applicant unless
required to do so by law.