Gyo Obata Fellowship: Students

The Gyo Obata Fellowship is building a more equitable field of arts administration in St. Louis by supporting paid summer work opportunities for 10 undergraduate students from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in the arts.

The fellowship will include

  • Full-time, 10-week work placement at a St. Louis arts nonprofit in the summer of 2019
  • Summer stipend of $4,000
  • Weekly group site visits to all fellow host sites
  • Monthly professional development workshops and cultural outings

Fellowships will be selected through a competitive process.

Fellow Requirements and Eligibility

  • Students must be currently enrolled in any bachelor’s degree-seeking program of an accredited college or university in the greater St. Louis area or who reside in St. Louis City or County and are enrolled in an accredited college or university outside of the St. Louis area.
  • Students must be entering their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies or have at least 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university.
  • Students must also be able to legally work within the United States.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who represent backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in arts administration.

All fellows will be required to work Monday-Friday, full time, from Monday, June 3, to Thursday, August 8, at their respective arts organizations.

For complete information, see the Fellowship Guidelines (PDF).


February 26 – Fellowship Application Due

April 5 – Notification to Selected Fellows and Hosts (Placement of Fellows at Hosts)

June 3 – Fellowship Begins

August 8 – Fellowship Ends


The application is due February 26. Apply for a fellowship now! 

The Gyo Obata Fellowship is a program of the Regional Arts Commission (RAC), with major support from the St. Louis-based Gateway Foundation.