Applications for ILI Year are accepted from established and emerging artists, culture bearers and other arts practitioners in various stages of career development.

Preparing to Apply

COVID-19 Program Response and Moving into the Future

Due to the pandemic, ILI Year 3 was a completely virtual experience. Participants participated via video call, phone, independent and group study, and by snail mail. We found that we were able to engage fellows flexibly while still being committed to the fellowship process. One of the most profound examples is that we were able to engage parents while not interrupting their ability to parent. We aim to maintain this flexible approach to the ILI Fellowship in the future.

For ILI Year 4, we moved to approach the fellowship as hybrid (both in-person and virtual) program and we will continue this practice for the years to come. Fellows will have the option of attending in person or virtual cultural intensive. Tech and (paid) travel accommodations will be administered by ILI staff upon cohort selection.

Tech Access and Justice

ILI is committed to tech justice and creating access for participation. If you or anyone you know  are interested in applying for ILI please reach out to for technical assistance.

Disability Justice

ILI is committed to disability justice and creating access for participation. This application can be submitted via video or written formatted applications. If there is any other assistance that an applicant may need to contribute to their success in the application process, please reach out to

Language Justice      

ILI is committed to striving towards language justice although and we are working to build capacity to embed access for multi-lingual participation i.e. translation and interpretation. To fill these capacity gaps within the ILI fellowship, we engaging our partner organizations. Should there be a need for ILI material translation or interpretation ILI staff will connect the applicant with the appropriate ILI partner to coordinate their needs. Should you need language assistance, please reach out to for assistance.

Justicia Lingüística 

ILI se compromete a luchar por la justicia lingüística, y estamos trabajando para desarrollar la capacidad de incorporar el acceso para la participación multilingüe, es decir, la traducción y la interpretación. Lo que estamos haciendo para llenar estas limitaciónes de capacidad en el programa de ILI es involucrar a las organizaciónes asociadas con el programa en caso de que sea necesario traducir o interpretar material de ILI. Si necesita ayuda con traduccíon y interpretación a un idioma, comuníquese con para recibir asistencia.

Artists, culture bearers and arts managers in various stages of career development may apply. Up to 30  people will be selected to participate in the Institute with up to 15 nominees chosen from the ILI core partners’  memberships and the remaining participants chosen from the applicant field at large. Applications will be  reviewed by a panel that includes representatives of the ILI core partner organizations as well as other  nationally recognized leaders in the U.S. arts and cultural field.  

At the time an application is submitted, the applicant must be an artist, culture bearer, arts professional and/or  administrator. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong leadership potential within the field of arts and  culture as well as a deep commitment to community, social change and/or cultural equity.


If you have questions or need support please contact ILI Managing Director, Lauren Fitzgerald at

Application Details

Applications for ILI Year 5 are being accepted now with a DEADLINE OF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022 @11:59pm EST. A complete application includes an Online Profile, Narrative, Audio or Video reflection & optional Work Sample. 

Support & Accessibility

If you have questions about the program or need application support, please contact us at and a team member will be in touch with you as soon as possible after receiving your support request.

ILI Hawai'i


Guidelines Published

August 22, 2022

Application Deadline

Friday, October 28, 2022
11:59pm EST

Application Info Workshops

Workshop 1

Tues, September 6, 2022
7pm – 9pm EST

Workshop 2

Mon, October 3, 2022
7pm – 9pm EST

ILI Selection Notification

end of November 2022


All ILI Convening dates will be shared when fellowship offers are made.


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