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The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) inspires and enables women to achieve their goals. Our fellowships support a broad range of subjects and genres, and our Fellows work in-residence to create new projects and engage with the community through public programming.


GENERAL: Residencies are typically one month long.


WHO SHOULD APPLY: Writers, artists, scholars, scientists, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply. WISC seeks proposals aligned with our focus areas – the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy. All projects must be relevant to the interests and experiences of women. We welcome applicants in all phases of their careers.


Our former Fellows’ projects will provide examples of the diversity of projects we have supported in the past. Fellows have the opportunity to utilize resources of the Acequia Madre House Archive and Collection to complete their projects.


The Archive and Collection include:

  • Southwest Indigenous art, artifacts including pottery, fetishes, textiles, ledger drawings, paintings and drawings from early 1800s to present.

  • Historic records of cultural and civic affairs in Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and surrounding areas, including most Northern Pueblos.

  • Hispanic arts, architecture, furniture and handicrafts, including Colcha textiles.

  • Photographs of the American Southwest, California, Europe, and Egypt from mid-1800s to mid-1900s

  • Photographs and artworks of early adobe architecture from 1890s to present, including churches, missions, and structures of the Southwest and California.

  • Archival documents involving anthropology, botany, culture, civics, domesticity, ethnography, entrepreneurship, linguistics, philanthropy, traditional medicine, and war effort.

  • Domestic artifacts, clothing, costumes, and textiles from 1800s – 1900s.

  • And more…


To view some of the resources in the Archive and Collection, please visit our FINDING AID and our DIGITAL PHOTO COLLECTION online at the University of New Mexico, or contact us with questions.


*Previous WISC Fellows must wait two years from the start date of their last fellowship before applying for another fellowship.


DEADLINE: March 1, November 1


RESIDENCY PERIODS: Residents are asked to suggest three residency periods beginning four months after the application date.


PROPOSAL: The proposal, limited to 500 words should include:

1. What you hope to accomplish during your residency at WISC and how WISC will help you achieve it.

2. The current status of your project.

3. How the proposed project relates to one or more of WISC’s focus areas.

PROPOSAL REVIEW: Applicants will be reviewed by the WISC ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE, who will recommend Fellows to the WISC BOARD OF DIRECTORS for a final decision. The Academic Advisory Committee is made up of prominent academics, artists, scientists, et al., who are recognized in their fields. The Academic Advisory Committee uses the following guiding principles to assess applications:


  • Proposed subject relates to one or more of the WISC focus areas, broadly defined as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy.

  • Subject relates to women’s interests, status and experiences.

  • Applicant has a significant record of achievement, scholarship, or experience commensurate with age and career stage.

  • Proposal will contribute to scholarship or enhance the literature or other elements, such as best practices, in the subject area.

  • Project is well conceived and clearly articulated.


PRESENTATION: When possible and appropriate fellows are encouraged to share their work with the public through a conversation or workshop. Staff will work with fellows to plan the event including venue and appropriate partners based on the project.


ACCEPTED FELLOWS: Once accepted, fellows will need to provide a hi-resolution color headshot and bios for the WISC website and promotional materials within one week.


CONFIDENTIALITY: WISC understands and agrees that the applicant may provide certain information (proposed original work) that is and must be kept confidential. To ensure the protection of such information, WISC agrees to limit disclosure of confidential information within its own organization to its directors, advisors, partners, employees and/or independent contractors (collectively referred to as “affiliates”) having a need to access the confidential information. WISC and affiliates will not disclose the confidential information obtained from the applicant unless required to do so by law.


Applications are only accepted online through Submittable. Applications submitted through any other means will not be reviewed.



SECURITY DEPOSIT: A $200 deposit will be withheld from stipends and paid at the end of the residency if no damage to the residence is incurred.

FAMILY MEMBERS: Spouses, partners and children cannot be accommodated.

PETS: WISC only allows Service Animals as regulated by the ADA. This does not include emotional support, comfort, or therapy animals. If you need to bring a Service Animal, we ask that you inform WISC before the time of your residency. Other residents have allergies and phobias and we want to do our best to ensure everyone is comfortable while they are in residence.


Smoking is prohibited in the residences.

ARTISTS: There is a small studio for artists attached to our residence. Please specify your needs in your application.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: If you require disability accommodations for housing or other aspects of a residency, please contact the Women’s International Study Center at 505-983-6538 or email

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