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How to Propose a Residency

Call for Proposals

Funded by the Cluster Hires Initiative through the Office of the Provost, the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program enables the Division of the Arts to support extended residencies for the benefit of all arts departments and programs of the university. This program brings innovative artists to campus, allows students to undertake ambitious projects, provides course credit, and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.

The call for proposals for fall 2021 and spring 2022 closed on December 15, 2020. This call was for two semester-long residencies that will take place fully online, although in-person meetings or events may be possible if pandemic conditions and UW–Madison’s policies allow them. Applicants will be notified by February 2021.

Please note: The IARP program format will change for academic year 2022-2023. Starting in fall 2022, the program will host one residency per year with the planning and workshops in the fall semester and the course in the spring semester.

Supplementary Materials

In preparation for submitting your proposal, please review the following supplementary materials and be prepared to complete and upload the Residency Budget Worksheet:

Copies of recent successful proposals and other supplemental materials are also available upon request. Contact Heather Owens, Interdisciplinary Arts Programs Manager at and cc: with questions.

Proposal Support

Successful interdisciplinary residencies require engagement and excitement from a variety of departments and their faculty, staff, and students. Significant planning and relationship building occur before the residency proposal is submitted for Academic Affairs Committee review.

Division staff is available for consultation, including providing examples of prior successful residency applications, and reading and offering feedback on drafts of the proposal. Contact Heather Owens, Interdisciplinary Arts Programs Manager at and cc: