How to Apply

The Fellowship Program

The T Fellowship is a project-based program that supports the development of the chosen fellow’s project over the course of one year.  Each applicant is asked to define the current status of their project and, if selected, the program caters to the unique needs of the project to help ensure meaningful developmental progress is made.  To help aid in the development, the fellows receive highly tailored guidance through two distinct tracks.

First, each fellow is given access to a selection of Columbia University courses. The specific courses are chosen in order to best support the fellow’s growth.

Second, each fellow receives structured mentorship from the mentors and advisers who retain an “advise and consent” role in the process. 

Through these two support systems, the program aims to enable the fellows as they exercise complete freedom in all the creative and financial areas of development.  

Fellowship Stipend and Expenses

1. Each fellow will be awarded an annual stipend of $10,000, payable in installments over the course of the year.

2. Each fellow will be awarded a $20,000 budget for the development of new work over the course of the year.

Application Instructions

Please note that our application procedure has changed and we now only accept applications through our online application system. Click HERE to access the application and please choose 2019 T Fellowship.

Before assembling your application, please read these instructions carefully.

Presentation of Materials
Neatness and organization count. As part of the selection process the committee will evaluate the professionalism of the presentation and the relevance of the submitted materials.

Procedure for Recommendations
Recommenders can be undergraduate, graduate, or professional contacts; they should be people who can speak to your business and creative abilities and potential. We request that applicants submit all letters of recommendation electronically through our online application system. However, if your recommender prefers to mail the application, please follow these instructions: provide the form, along with a stamped envelope, to each recommender and request that they (1) enclose the recommendation; (2) seal the envelope; (3) sign their name across the seal; (4) mail the letter to:

T FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM c/o Columbia University
Theatre Arts Program
2960 Broadway, MC 1807
New York, New York 10027

Proof of US Citizenship or Green Card status
All applicants must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status. You may prove U.S. Citizenship or Green Card Status by uploading a copy of any one of the following to the online application system: U.S. Passport, Green Card, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship or Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state, with registrar’s seal and signature.
The following are NOT adequate proof of citizenship: driver’s license, voter registration card, or army discharge papers.

Additional Creative Materials
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the quality of their past work and their potential as Creative Producers. The submission of relevant additional materials, over and above those that are required as part of the application, is highly recommended. Such additional materials might include photographs of work, press releases, reviews, etc. Please underline or highlight pertinent passages in any promotional material or reviews you submit.

Responsibility for Application Materials
All materials included in your application become the property of Columbia University and the T Fellowship Program.

ALL application materials for the T Fellowship must be submitted no later than October 30, 2018. It is your responsibility to meet this deadline. Please allow sufficient time for the mailing of recommendation letters and application fees. Be sure that all material is mailed to:

T FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM c/o Columbia University
Theatre Arts Program
2960 Broadway, MC 1807
New York, New York 10027

Interviews will take place in New York City in November/December 2018 and will be scheduled for select applicants at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Notification of Admission
Applicants generally will be notified no later than mid December. Official notification will be sent to the applicant by email at the address indicated on the application form. To ensure prompt notification, please keep the Fellowship Office up to date with respect to any changes to your mailing address, email, and phone number. Admissions decisions are made by the T Fellowship Admissions Committee and all Committee decisions are final. The Program regrets that, due to the large volume of applications, it cannot provide individual feedback to those who are not admitted.

Length of Residence
Accepted applicants cannot defer admission into the program. T Fellows must complete all academic and production work within one year of entering the program. Exceptions to the foregoing will be considered on a case by case basis.

Satisfactory Progress
Fellows who do not make satisfactory progress may be cut from the program.


1. Click HERE to access the application and please choose 2019 T Fellowship.

2.  A NONREFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE OF $100. Application fees may be paid by credit card online after submitting your application. You can also pay by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars only and made payable to “Columbia University T Fellowship”. Checks must have a routing number, and Postal Money Orders of any kind cannot be accepted. The applicant’s name and social security number (or date of birth) must be written on the check or money order. Please do not send cash. The application fee may not be waived; no application will be considered without it.

3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: Please upload a scanned copy of your undergraduate transcript to the online application system. No other transcripts are required, though applicants may submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended if they wish. Do not mail official paper transcripts prior to an offer of admission. Official paper transcripts are only required for finalists of the T Fellowship Program.  Do not mail your official paper transcripts unless you are contacted by us to do so.  To be considered official, transcripts must include the institution’s seal or stamp and must be submitted in an unopened envelope, signed or stamped across the seal. If an applicant’s name has changed since the undergraduate degree was received, the Admissions Office must be notified of the change at, so that the transcript can be correctly added to the applicant’s file.

4.  THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Recommendations may be from undergraduate or graduate instructors, employers, professional contacts, or creative colleagues. Knowledge of the applicant’s work and track record and/or potential in the theatre industry, as well as his or her capabilities and qualifications for the program, are particularly helpful. Please use the downloadable forms. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must be submitted, including at least one from each of the following categories:

1.  ACADEMIC: academic reference from a teacher;
2.  EMPLOYMENT: a professional recommendation from an employer (ideally, an employer in the theatre industry);
3.  CREATIVE: a creative person (playwright, director, etc.) with whom the applicant has worked.

5. BRIEF AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Approximately 500 words summarizing the applicant’s life and theatrical experience.

6. PROJECT ESSAY: Approximately 500-1000 words describing the project you are interested in working on during your time in the program. In detail, please describe the current status of the project (e.g. have you acquired the rights, have you hired members of the creative team, is there a draft of the script or songs, etc.) and what you hope to accomplish over the course of the year.


8. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please briefly answer the following questions.

A. What does it mean to be a creative producer in the commercial theater industry?

B. Why is the T Fellowship Program attractive to you?

C. What do you feel are the biggest creative and economic benefits to being a creative producer in commercial theater as opposed to producing in-house at a not-for-profit theater company?

D. Can you point to any current or recent examples of creative producing that you find particularly compelling in commercial theater?

E. What attributes and skills do you have that you believe would make you uniquely qualified to be a creative producer?

F. What experiences have you had to date that make you prepared to fully leverage the opportunities this Fellowship affords you?

G. What other options have you pursued or considered for your professional development?

H. Please share with us a list of people, books, plays and/or productions that have helped shape your vision of creative producing. We are interested in knowing your greatest influences in the hopes of better understanding where you come from.

9. PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP OR GREEN CARD STATUS: Please see Application Instructions for further information.