The National Council of Arts Administrators offers up to six Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowships for attendees to the annual conference each year. Applicants do not need to be a current administrator. Fellowships are targeted for those early in their academic career or anticipating an administrative appointment. Fellowships cover conference registration fees and a one-year membership. Fellows will be paired with members of NCAA, who will act as mentors for the conference. A post-conference written report on the experience is required. Upon receipt of the report, fellows will be given the opportunity to present at the following NCAA annual conference.
NCAA is a dynamic forum for the introduction and dissemination of ideas and strategies of concern to today’s arts administrator. The Council likewise provides an important platform for networking and professional support among individuals, and thus has the potential to be an important catalyst for the cultivation and development of new administrative professionals. This award is not open for self-nomination and nominators do not need to be NCAA members. NCAA asks that the applicant’s home institution consider subsidizing the candidate’s travel expenses should he/she be offered the fellowship. Acceptance is not contingent on such a subsidy. The criteria for award selection includes appropriateness of the Emerging Fellowship relative to stage of the candidate’s career, quality and clarity of candidate’s statement including what they intend to achieve as a result of the fellowship. Additionally, how said candidate adds to the diversity of NCAA’s membership in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender, and/or type of institution will be considered.
"The conference used the wonderful range of venues in Philadelphia to provide a healthy balance of both informative seminars and social events. As a new department chair, I found it helpful having an immediate group of peers and mentors to consult about administrative issues."
"It was a real pleasure to attend the previous year in Boston and meet so many arts administrators from universities around the country. In that first experience, I felt a warm welcome by my peers and learned a tremendous amount from the speakers and panels. As a NCAA Fellow I felt even more connection to the conference this year. Peers I met last year felt like old friends this time around, especially since I had seen several of them at other conferences in between and have kept in contact with them via email over the year. Providing a platform for making connections of this sort is a vital function of NCAA and has allowed me to learn much from others in administrative roles at institutions across the country."