Apply for the Eckelberry Fellowship

The Don and Virginia Eckelberry Endowment for nature artists was established in 2000 to honor two distinguished artists who have devoted their careers to celebrating the diversity of the natural world through art. Their contributions have been made both by example, through the superb quality of their own creations, and by their life-long commitment to helping others pursuing careers in this important and challenging field. Proceeds from the endowment are used to grant fellowships to artists whose work might be enhanced by an opportunity to have access to museum collections and to engage in field studies.

The Eckelberry fellowships are open to painters, sculptors and graphic artists, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

Applications should consist of the following:

  • A letter of intent (no more than two pages) in which the applicant should briefly outline his or her career and explain the reasons for seeking the fellowship. If a specific project is to be involved, it should be described and/or supported through supplementary information. Most important, the letter should explain how the fellowship would advance the applicant's artistic aspirations and goals.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendations from professionals familiar with your work.
  • 35mm slides or a CD with untouched digital images of a representative sampling of your work (no more than 20 pieces) and a self-addresed, stamped envelope for their return (if desired).

Applications for the 2014 fellowship must be received no later than October 15, 2013.

Please send all materials (together in one package) to:

Eckelberry Endowment
c/o Ewell Sale Stewart Library
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1101

The 2014 awardee(s) will be announced in early 2014.