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Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

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This creative fellowship for promising young graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other prestigious institutions recognizes alumna Kate Neal Kinley's dedication to the arts. Those interested in seeking advanced study in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, or urban and regional planning are invited to apply.

Kate Neal Kinley possessed a keen interest in music and performance throughout her life. As a young woman growing up in Ohio, she studied music, and at the U of I she helped to found the Alpha Chi Omega sorority in 1899 and served as an honorary member of the Champaign Art Club.

Upon her death in 1931, David Kinley created the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship to promote advanced study in the fine arts. This fellowship not only reflected President Kinley's earlier appointment as dean of the College of Literature and Arts but, more importantly, acknowledged Kate Neal Kinley's persistent dedication to the arts on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The first award was made in 1932.

Its continuance today is due to Kinley's original gift and to the dedication of family members. The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship is also partially funded by the John Robert Gregg Fund at Community Funds, Inc., and The New York Community Trust.

Three major fellowships are awarded:

  1. One of up to $20,000 in any field of music
  2. One of up to $20,000 in architectural design and history, art and design, theatre, dance, or instrumental or vocal music
  3. One of up to $9,000 in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, theatre, or urban and regional planning

Up to three additional fellowships of lesser amounts may also be granted upon committee recommendations.

The fellowships are to be used by the recipients toward defraying the expenses of advanced study in the United States or abroad. The fellowships are open to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to graduates of similar institutions of equal educational standing whose principal or major studies have been in the fields of art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, and urban and regional planning.

Although there is no age limitation for applicants, other factors being equal, preference will be given to applicants who have not reached their 25th birthday.

Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of unusual promise in the fine arts as attested by

  • high attainment in the applicant's major field of study as evidenced by academic marks and quality of work submitted or performed
  • high attainment in related cultural fields as evidenced by academic marks
  • the character, merit, and suitability of the program proposed by the applicant
  • excellence of personality, seriousness of purpose, and good moral character

While receiving a stipend from the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, recipients are precluded from holding appointments as instructors, lecturers, or faculty members but may hold other remunerative employment with advance approval of the fellowship committee.

The application deadline for the 2016–17 fellowship cycle is December 1, 2015.

Download the application materials.

Applications should be sent to the following address:

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship Committee
College of Fine and Applied Arts
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
100 Architecture Building
608 E. Lorado Taft Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
217.244.3580
faa@illinois.edu