Starr Foundation Scholarship
The Starr Scholarship is available to American artists for a residency at the Royal Academy Schools. The tenure lasts for one academic year, and provides the recipient with living expenses and a studio located in the Schools. The Starr Scholar contributes to group critiques, seminars and lectures.
The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 3rd May 2013.
How to Apply – Entrance Requirements
Applicants must have gained a MA Degree in Fine Art prior to application to the Schools.
Your application should consist of four documents: a personal statement, list of works (up to 16), slides/CD/DVD and a reference letter.
Please read the following information carefully to ensure that your application is correctly submitted.
- Applicants are required to provide a word-processed statement in support of their application and statement about their work. As a guide, 500 words should be sufficient. Please note that hand-written statements are not advised.
- Applications should be word-processed or completed clearly using black ink
- A confidential reference is also required as part of the application. References are usually supplied by the teaching staff/personal tutor from the applicant’s degree college or a professional artist/tutor.
- Please ensure that requests for references are made well in advance of the closing date for applications. The reference can be sent in a sealed envelope together with the completed application, or may be sent separately by the referee.
- Please note that a processing fee of £30.00 is payable to cover the administration of your application. Preferably, this payment should be made online. Payment facility is online for one month before the deadline. You will be sent a Payment Reference number which should be copied onto the application.
Provision of Documentation
- Applicants working in 2D and 3D media should preferably supply a maximum of 16 digital images on CD-ROM in JPEG format. The work provided should be completed recently, within the last year.
- It is advisable to keep details or close-ups of work to a minimum
- All images provided should be in RGB mode and their dimensions should not exceed 768 pixels high and 1024 pixels wide (i.e. the files should each be between 100Kb and 1MB in size).
- It is essential that the JPEGS are formatted so that they can be viewed on a Mac.
- Digital formats other than JPEGS will not be accepted (no PowerPoint presentations, Tiffs, PSDs etc.)
- All CD-ROMS and their cases must be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name. Please note that CD-ROMS will not be returned.
- Applicants working in time-based media should provide a video DVD only. PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to view video in any other format (no VHS tapes or QuickTime or AVI files on CD-ROM). Applicants may submit a maximum of three works. If each work is longer than 5 minutes, it is recommended that shorter ‘show-reel’ extracts are sent. The applicant’s name should be clearly labelled on both the DVD and its case.
- 35mm slides will be accepted if digital files cannot be provided. A maximum of 16 slides in glass-free slide mounts are required. Each slide must be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name, and the slide number marked on the bottom-left corner of the slide mount. Slides must be sent in an A4 plastic sleeve with ring-binding holes to the left. The slides must not be sent in a slide-box.
- On no account should both 35mm slides as well as a CD-ROM be sent. Applicants should choose one format only. Applicants whose work encompasses more than one medium must use their own judgement to decide which format is most suitable to represent their work.
- A list of the works sent as part of the application must be supplied. This should include the title, medium, size/duration and date of each work. Applicants should ensure that the list corresponds with the numerical order or titles supplied on the particular format chosen to submit their work.
- The Royal Academy Schools guarantees that all correctly completed applications are given careful consideration, and that all images and films are viewed with a projector.
- Please test-run any CD-ROM or DVD prior to sending with the application form. Corrupt or locked discs will render the application invalid.
- Only 35mm slides will be returned to applicants by unregistered post. However, whilst the Schools take every care to return slides safely, we are unable to accept responsibility for their loss or damage. Under no circumstances should candidates supply original artwork or a portfolio of work to accompany their application.
- Please note that the Schools will not proceed with processing an application unless the fee of £30 has been paid.
- Completed applications should be sent between 1 April and 5 May 2012:
The Schools Administrator (Admissions)
Royal Academy Schools