Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France

Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France.  The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. The Terra Summer Residency provides an opportunity for participants to widen their academic and creative horizons, explore international cultural perspectives, and forge lifelong exchanges and professional networks.

In addition to a stipend, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency. For more information about location, facilities, and guidelines, please download the residency handbook.

For more information about applying for the Terra Summer Residency, as well as invited senior advisor and guest lecturer positions, please email [email protected].

The 2016 Terra Summer Residency will run from June 6 to August 5.


Applications are due January 15, 2016; awards will be announced in April 2016.

Eligibility & Application Information

Candidates worldwide can apply. Applicants must be either:

  • A visual artist with a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their degree within the past five years. Download the artist fellowship application.
  • A doctoral candidate researching American art and visual culture or its role in a context of international artistic exchange prior to 1980. Candidates at all stages of doctoral research and writing are welcome to apply. Download the predoctoral scholar fellowship application.

Applicants must be nominated by their dissertation advisor or professor or previous art-school supervisor. Each professor may nominate a maximum of two candidates each year. (See the application form for full nomination and application procedures.)

Applicants for the Terra Summer Residency will be evaluated on intellectual and creative excellence, scholarly and artistic accomplishments, and ability to contribute in a collegial and interdisciplinary community. As the program’s working language of the program is English, all applicants are expected to be fluent; knowledge of French is an asset but not required.

Information about Funding

Terra Summer Residency fellows receive:

  • A $5,000 stipend (artists receive an additional $300 for the purchase of materials);
  • A travel contribution (up to $500 for individuals traveling from Europe, up to $1,200 for individuals traveling from the US and Canada, and up to $1,500 for individuals traveling from other destinations);
  • Lodging in the Terra Foundation residences and daily lunches.

Terra Summer Residency Fellows 2001–2015

View the complete list of 2011–2015 TSR participants.

View the Terra Summer Residency 10th Anniversary brochure, which includes a complete list of participants from 2001 to 2010 and sample presentations.