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Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

Provides funding for individuals holding a bachelor's degree in the fine and applied arts to enhance their professional status, to aid their pursuit of an advanced degree, or to finance a special project within the field.


Upon Kate Neal Kinley's death in 1931, her husband 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 Mrs. Kinley’s persistent dedication to the arts on the University of Illinois campus. 

Selection Criteria

Selection is based upon the applicant’s high achievement in his/her major field of study or related cultural fields, as well as the character, merit and suitability of the program proposed by the applicant. Seriousness of purpose and good moral character will be considered as part of each application and will be included in the judgment of the Committee. The place of study may be in America or abroad, in an approved educational institution, with an approved private teacher, or in independent study.


Applicants must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Art, Dance, Landscape Architecture, Music, Theatre, or Urban and Regional Planning
  • Applications are accepted from individuals of all ages, but preference is given to applicants under 25 years old
  • Group work is not eligible for submission


Three major Fellowships will be awarded:

1) $20,000 in any field of music

2) $20,000 in instrumental or vocal music, architectural design and history, art and design, theatre, or dance

3) $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.


Each Fellowship is for one academic year of study in a program approved by the Committee.

For more information:

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)