Jeff Impact Fellowship

The Jeff Awards is proud to present the Jeff Impact Fellowship designed to inspire early to mid-career artists of color in the greater Chicagoland area to pursue artistic excellence.  This fellowship was made possible by a generous donation gifted to the Jeff Awards and will support the selected artists in their professional, academic and/or personal development.  This year, the Fellowship will provide two (2) artists with a gift of $10,000 each to support their work.

Further, our donor has guaranteed these monies for a minimum of five years, and outside donors may contribute to the fund so that in future years, the awards size may increase, or the number of artists receiving the Fellowship may increase.

The timeline for the fellowship application process is as follows:

  • April 1, 2023 – Application Period is Open
  • June 30, 2023 – Application Period is Closed and Applications Due
  • September 1, 2023 – Selection of Fellowship Recipients and Final Notification to All Applicants

For more information on the Fellowship, eligibility criteria and specifics related to the application process, please go on to our web site:

The Jeff Awards is thrilled to be able to use these monies to support artists of color in the Chicagoland area and as another mechanism by which to “give back” to the theater community.

We encourage all those artists who are eligible to apply!