High School Fellowship Program


New Haven public school sophomores and juniors with an interest in the arts may apply to become a Festival Fellow and become immersed in our programming during the 6 months leading up to the Festival. Priority is given to New Haven residents.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

About the Program

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas High School Fellowship Program offers qualified New Haven public school sophomores and juniors a unique, fully funded opportunity to learn about the arts. The semester-long college-level course is designed to develop students’ skills in communication and critical thinking by immersing them in all aspects of the Festival, including performances, lectures, community engagement, production, and management.

Through weekly seminars, a broad range of arts-related activities, and the attendance of diverse arts events, we equip Fellows with marketable experience, skills, and connections that will prove useful for future internships and employment opportunities.

What you'll do

From January to June, Fellows attend 3-hour weekly seminars at New Haven's Gateway Community College and field trips to performances and events. Fellows will also have the opportunity to shadow Festival staff for hands-on experience and volunteer with diverse New Haven communities at the Festival’s three Neighborhood Festivals. In June, the Fellows will be fully immersed in the Festival’s two-week run and attend more than 30 events.


To apply, please complete the following items: application form (see below for download), personal statement, prompted essay, and resume. Submit all materials by December 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Application Form

Download the application form for the 2020 Fellowship below.

Personal Statement (1 page, double-spaced)

Introduce yourself and explain why you want to be a Festival Fellow. Please address the following points:

  • Your interest in the arts, creative writing, or non-profit management
  • How this interest would contribute to the Festival
  • Why you feel we should consider you for the program and the skills and qualities you would contribute to it
  • What skills and knowledge you hope to gain throughout the Fellowship

Prompted Essay (1 page, double-spaced)

How does your community shape your identity? Consider: Where do you live and who do you spend your time with. Would you be a different person if you grew up someplace else?


Include information about your education, work/volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, and marketable skills (computer software knowledge, social media, languages, etc.).

To Submit

Deadline: December 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Submit your application form, personal statement, essay, and resume in one of the following ways:

Email: fellowship@artidea.org
Mail: Fellowship Program, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, 195 Church Street, 12th Floor, New Haven, CT 06510
In Person: Visit our office at 195 Church Street, 12th Floor, New Haven to deliver your application in person. If no one is in the office, place your application materials in a sealed envelope addressed to the Festival. Leave your envelope with the security guard in the building’s lobby.


December 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM


We will update you on the status of your application within a week of the submission deadline. Applicants under consideration will be invited for an interview at the Festival office at 195 Church Street in New Haven. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to invite all applicants for an interview.

Meet the 2019 Festival Fellows

The Festival Fellowship Program creates the next generation of community leaders.

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its programs. The Festival commits to this policy, not because of legal obligations, but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.

Gateway Community College does not discriminate against individual on the grounds of race, color, religious creed, sexual identification, age, national origin, ancestry, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, handicaps, present or past history of mental disability, learning disability, genetic information, criminal record or physical disability, but not limited to, blindness. Gateway Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/ADA educational institution.


The Fellowship Program is presented in partnership with