Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

Awards up to $20,000 for advanced study in the arts

Fellowships are awarded for advanced study in the arts in memory of Kate Neal Kinley, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student who had a keen interest in music and performance throughout her life. She helped to found the Alpha Chi Omega sorority at the university in 1899 and was also 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.

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.

Awards will be awarded in the following disciplines:

  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, dance, instrumental or vocal music, or theatre
  3. One of up to $9,000 in architecture, art, dance, landscape architecture, theatre, or urban and regional planning

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

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

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 college graduates whose principal or major study was in the fields of architecture, art, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, or 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.

Application Process

Apply using the online application through the University of Illinois' official website by the application deadline, December 1, 2017.

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.

Questions should be directed to faa@illinois.edu.