Applying for BEI Fellowship 2022–2025
Please review the call and its requirements, plus the requirements below.
Familiarize yourself with what the Black Earth Institute stands for and does by reviewing its social media, website and its journal. Particularly, review the items under the About tab. You can also see more on Facebook and Twitter. Our journal, About Place, is edited by our fellows. See the issue editors’ introductions for detailed views of why each theme was chosen and what the issue is advancing. And explore the 2020 Fellows and Scholars Report for what our current BEI fellows have been up to during their tenures.
Check your schedule for attendance for the Oct. 6-9, 2022 annual retreat at Brigit Rest, Black Earth, Wisconsin. Continue only if you are able to attend. Travel support shall be provided. We plan safe retreat facilities and can go virtual if that is proper, given COVID-19 regulations.
Carefully complete the application form on Submittable, addressing all points and sub-points without exception, as this will largely determine advancing in the application process. Your responses should reflect how both your life and your art reflect the values of spirit, earth and society, your initial proposal for a BEI supported project, and agreement to identify and promote BEI and attend the annual meeting. The application form will allow for presentation and evaluation of all these issues.
If the application is accepted, you will be notified and proceed to the finalist stage consisting of a scheduled interview. This will allow for a fuller discussion of benefits and responsibilities of the fellowship and other questions you may have.
Please find a preview of the application questions below. Submittable will be open for applications beginning February 1st and will close on April 1st. Applicants will be notified whether you will proceed to the finalist stage by around April 15. Finalists will be notified by mid-May of who will be accepted as fellows for 2022-2025.
Black Earth Institute Fellowship Application Questions
Below is a preview of the BEI Fellows application questions. Applications must be submitted via the Submittable form, which will be open from February 1–April 1.
- Why do you want to be awarded a fellowship?
- Indicate your ability to attend the annual BEI retreat, this year Oct 6-9, 2022.
- Describe how the BEI goals of earth, spirit and society are expressed in your life and how your art addresses these. Be specific how in your life you express, a) spirit, b) healing or protecting the earth and c) society as social justice and then be specific how in your art you express, d) spirit, e) healing or protecting the earth and f) social justice.
- Give links to or attach examples of your art you wish to highlight as speaking to these goals.
- Provide a publication type biography, not more than 250 words.
- Describe your ideas for one potential project, either a single project over the 3 years or the first project of several to last one year. The project may be in various genres or media. Projects should combine your own creative direction with the goals and values of BEI. This description is an initial one and can be developed more at a later stage. Describe how the grant stipend would support this proposed project.
- a) Describe any role and practice in your communities, institutions, or organizations that highlight your active involvement in promoting art towards the BEI goals or in activities directly around healing the earth or social justice. b) Describe how BEI fellowship would help in this activism.
- BEI is a community with an active internal and external life. a) Are you willing to identify as a BEI Fellow in your bio and website? b) Are you willing to participate several hours each month, for example, to communicating with other Fellows and scholars, and the BEI staff, sharing calls for art submissions and providing information about upcoming events, awards and the like? c) Discuss your interest and ability to promote one BEI identified program in your community, institution or organization yearly? Give an idea or example of such a program or panel.