Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

Juilliard sponsors a number of entrepreneurship grants for current and graduating students pursuing independent projects.

The Juilliard Career, Project, and Entrepreneurship Grants


The Juilliard Career, Project, Jakab, and Entrepreneurship Grants are designed to identify, support, and foster early to mid-stage Juilliard student career needs, unique projects, businesses, and targeted initiatives; and by doing so, enhance career opportunities and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship at Juilliard. Up to $75,000 of support is awarded through these grant programs each year. Career and Project Grants are awarded once per semester by application. Entrepreneurship Grants are awarded in the spring semester by application and interview. The Jakab Grant designation is given to grants with a travel and service component. Recipients benefit from several support systems throughout the academic year to ensure immediate and long-term success.

  • Financial Support
  • Guided Implementation
  • One-On-One and Group Consulting
  • Networking
  • Workshops and Professional Development

Criteria include:

  • Feasibility of the project idea and a potential for success
  • Clearly defined mission and demonstrated momentum
  • Social, artistic, and creative value of the project
  • Proven commitment by project lead and team members
  • Originality of the idea
  • Detailed budget appropriately articulating specific needs and financial goals
  • Realistic and well-organized timeline
  • Sustainability of the business model

For More Information

The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, Room 488
(212) 799-5000, ext. 313
[email protected] or [email protected]

Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowships, Novick Career Advancement Grants, and Benzaquen Career Advancement Grants

Juilliard administers over $300,000 in fellowship and grant awards for graduates from all disciplines who are starting their careers immediately upon graduation. Awards in the amount of $10,000 are given to a select group of graduates with an established track record demonstrating artistic merit, leadership, breadth of engagement, innovation, and an entrepreneurial mindset among other key characteristics. Funds will provide a critical jump-start to their careers, providing resources for professional development as well as general living expenses.

Community Engagement Fellowships


Each year, approximately 30 multidisciplinary ensembles in the Gluck Community Service Fellowship (GCSF) perform over 400 interactive concerts at healthcare facilities, community centers, and assisted living facilities. Through the CLIMB Fellowship, MAP Fellowship, McCabe Guitar Fellowship, and Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, Juilliard provides free arts education and arts enrichment experiences in public schools, community centers, and community arts organizations to thousands of youth and young people each year.

Learn more about these Fellowship and other Community Engagement programming.

Professional Mentoring


Juilliard's mentoring program, the first of its kind at any conservatory, is part of the June Noble Larkin Program for the Humanities, which will introduce several initiatives to broaden the repertoire of personal skills developed at Juilliard.

The Professional Mentoring program (for third- and fourth-year undergraduates and all graduate students) invites students to apply with a project that has an expansive arts-learning agenda, or a career-specific goal. Those who are accepted are paired with faculty mentors who help shape the projects and connect students to professionals in the New York arts community who can mentor students in the project. Projects have included choreographing and filming a site-specific dance to learning about Indian sitar music.

Students must apply and be interviewed to join both programs.

Juilliard and the arts in general are challenging worlds—it is hoped that the mentor will serve as a guide to help each student find his or her own way into a lifetime of exploration and creative satisfaction.

For More Information

(212) 799-5000, ext. 592

Independent Student Projects


Students interested in producing their own independent interdisciplinary projects on campus are encouraged to visit the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship to share ideas, brainstorm, and discuss opportunities for collaboration. While student performance, rehearsal, and class schedules are rigorous, we are happy to meet with you to discuss ways to create new work outside of the curriculum. Pending approval, you may be provided with space for your project, faculty/staff consulting, and opportunities to fundraise.

For More Information

The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship
(212) 799-5000, ext. 313
[email protected]