About the Fellowship



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.



View and download the 2020 Laura Zucker Application by clicking here.
Please note, all applications must be submitted through the application website. Applications filled out via PDF form will not be accepted.


BENEFITS of the Fellowship:

  • Recognition as the 2020 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.


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 no later than September 1, 2020).


The selected Fellow must:

  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 20 work-hours per week for a 3-month (12-week) period (to be completed by September 1, 2020)
  • Agree to compile and present their Fellowship project to Arts for LA staff and key partners, at Arts for LA's State of the Arts Summit, 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: Arts for LA’s monthly newsletter, Arts for LA’s website, and Arts for LA’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).


  • 03/23/20 - 2020 Fellowship Application Opens
  • 05/01/20 - Fellowship Application Closes
  • 05/18/20 - Selected Fellow notified (via email)
  • 06/01/20 - Fellowship begins
  • 09/01/20 - Fellowship ends* 

* Arts for LA anticipates a review period of approximately 4 weeks following the conclusion of the 12-week Fellowship. The length of this review phase and any additional review/ editing work required of the Fellow past the conclusion of the 12-week Fellowship period will be dependent on the nature of the deliverables submitted by the Fellow and feedback on these deliverables by Arts for LA leadership, staff, and Research Advisory Committee.

Public release of the Fellow's report and potential presentations of key findings will be coordinated between the Fellow and Arts for LA staff, as appropriate.