Application Requirements and Portal

Due to the high volume of applicants, recipients will be announced in mid-June. We thank you for your patience and interest in the fellowship!

Call to Apply

We invite artists who have a strong passion for social justice and community engagement and of all mediums to apply. The Fellowship committee welcomes applications from individuals from a variety of backgrounds and artistic styles, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The June Jordan Fellowship will bring 3-5 fellows to campus every year, each of whom will teach semester-length workshops. The artwork produced in these workshops will be featured during a day-long conference at the end of the spring semester. Given Jordan’s singular contributions as an artist and activist, the Fellowship seeks to carry on her legacy by employing arts pedagogy and practice as a means through which we might collectively imagine a more just and equitable future.

One fellowship will be specifically given to an artist to support the Center for Justice’s Rikers Education Program. This fellow will help design 4-6 week long workshops for youth ages 16-21 who are being held at Rikers Island with the objective of providing educational programming through the lens of the arts and social justice. Previous workshops have included storytelling, visual arts, acting, music production, and graphic design. (If you are interested in being considered for this fellowship, please indicate so in the application.)


Fellowship requirements are as follows:

  • Fellows must be based within the Tri-State area
  • Must teach 1 semester-long workshop open to Columbia and surrounding communities during the duration of the Fellowship
  • Opportunity to take classes at Columbia University and access to Columbia’s resources as a Visiting Scholar

Submission deadline is April 30th. Recipients will be announced in mid-June.


Application components (all via the Submittable portal):

  • Application form
  • Two page CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Project proposal
  • A sample of your work:
    • Poetry: 10 pages
    • Fiction and plays: up to 25 pages
    • Nonfiction: up to 25 pages
    • Graphic/visual art: 2-3 individual works
    • Performance art, including music, drama, spoken word, and dance: 5-7 minutes of audio or video

Finalists may be asked to submit additional materials, such as a sample bibliography or lesson plan for a proposed workshop.

For any questions regarding the application process or Fellowship requirements, please direct all inquiries to Nicole Delgadillo ( or Dr. Joshua Bennett (