Yale-China Artist Fellowship

Autumn de Forest says her “goal as an artist is to create art that makes people look at the world in a different way.” Likewise, Yale-China seeks out emerging artists whose art brings people together and provides a new perspective with the intent of strengthening creative voices between Chinese and Americans. During the half year Fellowship, selected Arts Fellows have the artistic freedom to pursue collaborations within Yale University, New Haven, and across the United States. Through development of their final project, Fellows are encouraged to challenge themselves and those around them as they expand their professional and personal skills.

Without questions and curiosity, there would be no need to think about how things could work differently.
— Sarah Xiao, 2019 Arts Fellow


The Yale-China Artist Fellowship aims to strengthen each Art Fellow’s artistic and cultural skills through a combination of hands-on experience and mentorship. The Fellowship aims to give each Arts Fellow the space to:

  • Explore and experiment artistically, with a focus on cross-cultural understanding

  • Develop relationships and creative transpacific collaborations with Yale faculty, graduate peers, local artists and non-artists

  • Engage the community through teaching master classes, leading workshops, giving performances or lectures, and providing specialized services to those who would otherwise not have access

  • Focus on new areas of growth as an artist and as an individual with global perspective through mentoring and guidance with Yale-China staff and faculty advisers

  • Present culminating artwork or research at New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas


Yale and New Haven Life

Arts Fellows are able to audit classes at Yale Schools of Drama, Music, Architecture and are paired with a Yale faculty mentor. In addition to potential partners within Yale, as a thriving arts community, New Haven is full of collaboration opportunities for Fellows. Additionally, New Haven is diverse city full of culture, food and more that Fellows can learn about and explore with their ambassador families. Each Arts Fellow is paired with a local family who help transform the New Haven into a second home.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

To learn more about our partner, visit artidea.org and watch our 2019 IDEAS panel featuring Sarah Xiao, Nicole Pun, and Annie Lin (moderator).


To apply for the Yale-China Arts Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Proficiency in English

  • Hong Kong residency and eligibility for a U.S. visa

  • Ability to spend six months in New Haven (January 2020-June 2020)

  • Availability for in-person, 30-minute interview in Hong Kong

  • Ability to articulate the importance of bridging cultures

  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and ability to adapt to foreign or unexpected situations

  • Maturity and ability to reflect on experiences

Applicants should note that emerging artists (3-5 years experience) are preferred. Applications require samples of the artist’s work.

The application deadline is extended to midnight on Sunday, September 15, 2019 U.S. Eastern Time.