Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy & Research

The Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research is 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.

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In June 2017, Arts for LA announced the Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research, 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 recent graduate students in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Arts Administration/ Management or related fields of study as well as local community leaders and arts professionals with a minimum of 5 years experience (regardless of educational background) who 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 Policy Committee (a subcommittee of Arts for LA’s Board of Directors) and Program Advisory Committee 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 the inaugural 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 Policy Committee, Program Advisory 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.

GUIDELINES AND ELIGIBILITY:

Prospective Fellows must:

  • Live or work in Los Angeles County.
  • Have recently graduated from masters or doctoral programs in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Arts Management/ Administration or related fields, OR have a minimum of 5 years experience working in arts administration, arts education, public affairs, or a related field.
  • Have demonstrated interest in OR experience conducting research and/ or crafting public policy pertaining to arts and culture or arts education.
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 20 work-hours per week for a 3-month (12-week) period (to be completed between the months of April and September 2018).

FELLOWSHIP EXPECTATIONS:

The selected Fellow must:

  • Be able to work independently on their proposed policy/ research project and achieve proposed deliverables with minimal supervision.
  • Agree to compile and present their Fellowship project to Arts for LA staff and key partners, at LA Convergence, and/or at ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program training sessions (as appropriate) upon the completion of the Fellowship.
  • Agree to compile a full report and executive summary of his/her work over the course of the Fellowship to be included in Arts for LA communications, including, but not limited to: RELAY (Arts for LA’s monthly newsletter), Arts for LA’s website, and Arts for LA’s social media channels (facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).

APPLICATION TIMELINE:

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 11:59pm PST
  • Fellow Notification: March 2018
  • Public Announcement of Selected Fellow: April 2018

IMPORTANT NOTES ON APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. You CANNOT save your work and return to the application at a later time. We recommend that you write all responses in a Word document and copy and paste directly into the appropriate fields on the application form. You can download a reference copy of the application questions HERE.
  2. You must complete the entire application to apply for the Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research. Partially completed applications will not be reviewed. 
  3. You will be required to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae and two (2) letters of recommendation as part of your application. You will also have the option to submit supplemental work/ writing samples to accompany your responses to the application questions. All files must be uploaded in PDF format and should not exceed the file size limits indicated. ALL ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS (including letters of recommendation) SHOULD BE UPLOADED AND SUBMITTED VIA THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. Additional materials submitted to Arts for LA via email or other communication channels WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.