Apply for an Emerging Artist Scholarship

The application process is now OPEN for the 2021 Emerging Artist Scholarship Program.

If you have submitted your application by mail, please notify us by emailing

Review the Application Guidelines Document.

Please verify that you have all the required materials together before beginning the submission process.

This form must be completed in one session. If you begin your application online, you must complete it as the webform will not save your responses.

We recommend saving responses in a separate Word document and copying into the form boxes below. This ensures a back-up of responses is available should you not be able to complete the form in one session.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the application form, please contact the Program & Administrative Coordinator Bridgette Badowich at

Note: An Emerging Artist Scholarship can be awarded to an individual a maximum of two times.

Personal Information
Include your most up-to-date personal information. Please ensure your address is current and your telephone and email are active. If you will be moving or your information changes after you submit your application, email the YVR Art Foundation Program Coordinator at
Applicants for the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program must be between 17 and 29 years of age (born between 1991 and 2003).
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk). Contact YVRAF for questions about eligibility.
e.g. Telephone, Email
Have you previously received an award, grant or scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation? If so, list the date and type of award.

Up to 500 words

Describe and/or list your education history. You may also include here any information regarding art related classes, programs and/or workshops you have attended.

Work/Volunteer History

Up to 500 words

Describe any paid work experience you have had and/or any of your volunteer activities in or outside of your community.

Art Experience

Up to 500 words

Describe your artwork, your interest in the arts and any experience you have participating in the arts.  Please see the Application Guidelines document for information on what to include here.

Personal Statement

Up to 500 words

Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to include any information about yourself that is not covered elsewhere in the application and that you feel is important for the Jury to know.

Proposed Use of Scholarship Award

Up to 500 words

Applicants to the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program may propose to do one of the following (refer to Application Guidelines for details):

1) To work/study with a mentor artist
Describe what your mentor will be teaching you and your proposed mentorship schedule and attach confirmation from your mentor.

2) To attend a school of art
Describe the proposed program of study and include details regarding the length of the program and its structure.  Attach confirmation or an acceptance letter from the school.

Proposed Scholarship Artwork

Up to 500 words

Describe in detail the type of artwork that you would propose to create with your Scholarship award.

Scholarship Award Budget

Provide information here on how the scholarship funds will be used as described above.
Budget items might include tuition/school fees, tools and materials, travel to see mentor artist, living expenses*, honorarium to a mentor artist* or other expenses.

If you are working with a mentor artist and intend to compensate them for their time, it is highly encouraged that you discuss and confirm your financial arrangement with them in advance of submitting this application.

Sample Scholarship Budget Items and format:

Tuition/School Fees
(if applicable)
Tools, Materials and Supplies $
Travel Expenses
(If applicable e.g. you need to travel to your mentor artist)
Living Expenses 
(Maximum $1,000)
Mentor artist honorarium
(optional - maximum $1,000)
Other budget items: $

*Living expenses and the amount paid to the mentor artist may not exceed $1,000 each.

Supporting Documents & Portfolio Upload

Please include the following Supporting Documents with your Portfolio:

  • Letter of Support
  • Confirmation Letter (from proposed mentor or school of art you will be attending)

Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • Include no more than ten photographs of your work.
  • If you submit work that was created with another artist, please name the other artist(s) and identify that the work is a collaboration or that you were an assistant on the project.

Film/video portfolio submissions:

  • If you wish to include an example of your film or video work in your portfolio you may submit this through Dropbox or a similar file sharing medium. You must notify us that you will be submitting film/video and by which method by contacting in advance of your submission.
  • If you are submitting film or video work for your entire portfolio you may submit no more than three videos at a maximum of five minutes each.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work as part of your portfolio, each video submitted is the equivalent of submitting three photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include four additional  photographs in your portfolio submission.

Digital portfolio submissions:

  • Use .jpg or .tif file types.
  • Files must have a minimum 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
  • If you are submitting a movie or video file please contact us for format preferences.
  • If possible, name/title your photos so the document/file name corresponds with the Portfolio Description Sheet and includes your last name and the title of the work. E.g.:

o 1_Last Name_Title of Work
o 2_Last Name_Title of Work


List the artwork you have included with your portfolio. Please refer to the naming instructions above. 

Please list title, dimensions and media for each work and ensure that the file names of the pictures submitted in the uploader match the titles in this box.
Include all Supporting Documents (Letters of Support, Confirmation Letters and Portfolio Images) in ONE .zip file (maximum 32 MB size) and upload via the button below. Instructions on creating a .zip file can be found here (will open in new window).