Proposal Guidelines

The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists provides a one-year, $30,000 award to a recent alumnus/a of the University of Chicago. This highly competitive award recognizes the creative potential of artists who began their careers at the University of Chicago. It is meant to provide an emerging artist with the means to substantially advance his or her practice. Additionally, finalists who do not receive the full Edes Prize will be awarded $1,500 each. 


Alumni who graduated from the undergraduate College or any of the graduate programs of the University of Chicago between June 2013 and June 2017 may apply for the 2017 Edes Prize. Their practice might include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following disciplines: cinema and media, creative writing, curation, music, theater and performance, and/or visual arts. Recipients may not be employed full-time or enrolled in full-time graduate or postgraduate study during the award year.

Note: Graduates who majored in any discipline are welcome to apply.

The Edes Prize application is now closed for 2017. Please check back next year for the 2018 deadline.


Cassandra Dunn
Manager of Strategic Planning for UChicago Arts

Leigh Fagin
Associate Director for University Arts Engagement