Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy & Research




Arts for LA announced the Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research in June 2017, the first ever fellowship for individuals to effect change at the regional level focused on arts and cultural policy development/reform/implementation in Los Angeles County and the accompanying research necessary to inform such policies.        

The Fellowship is open to recently graduated (undergraduate or graduate) students in Public Affairs, Public Policy, or related fields of study as well as local community leaders (regardless of educational background) that have a demonstrated interest in conducting research and/or crafting public policy pertaining to the arts and cultural landscape of the Los Angeles region.

Fellows will work independently on their proposed policy/ research project under the guidance of Arts for LA staff and in partnership with Arts for LA’s Program Advisory Committee and Policy Committee (a subcommittee of Arts for LA’s Board of Directors), as well as other organizations and individuals that comprise Arts for LA’s expansive network of strategic partners, as appropriate.

BENEFITS of the Fellowship:

  • Recognition as a Laura Zucker Policy and Research Fellow
  • $3,500 stipend
  • One-on-One mentorship from Arts for LA leadership
  • Access to Arts for LA’s resources, including, but not limited to, in-house data and expertise as well as access to strategic partners and collaborators: Arts for LA’s Program Advisory Committee, Policy Committee, strategic working groups, and expansive network of arts advocates and delegates.
  • Real-world experience crafting and executing an independent research project involving the collection and/ or analysis of data to inform policy initiatives or the development, reform, and/or implementation of policy initiatives.
  • The opportunity to investigate and enhance the understanding of factors that influence successful public policy pertaining to the arts and cultural landscape of the Los Angeles region.


Application information and guidelines for the Spring 2018 Fellowship 
will be made available in Fall 2017.