Opportunities for Scholars, Researchers and Professionals in Residence at WISC

The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) seeks applicants for residential fellowships Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Attracting travelers from around the world, Santa Fe is known for its art markets, museums, and research and academic institutions. The region has beautiful scenery, year-round outdoor activities and a rich mix of American, Spanish Colonial and Native American history. Acequia Madre House is on a 3.5-acre property in a quiet, historic neighborhood.

The Marilyn Mason Fellowship

Artists, writers, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs, as individuals and in groups, are encouraged to apply for residencies available throughout the year. WISC seeks proposals aligned with our focus areas – broadly defined as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy – inspired by the three generations of women who built and lived in Acequia Madre House. Proposals by women are accepted, as are those of anyone working in these focus areas as they relate directly to the interests and experiences of women.

Click here for bios of current and former WISC Fellows.

Fellows live and work in two residences on the property. This is mainly because of the necessity that they have to be available anytime they are asked for as soon as possible. At the same time, it is important that they get relevant rest and thus are energetic and then take care of their duties well. Web link here provides more data on such facilities and how well they can be used in day to day life. Housing includes a private bedroom with a desk, private and shared bathrooms, common kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, and access to wifi and a network printer. Housekeeping services are provided weekly.

Residencies are typically up to four weeks long.


Each fellow or group of fellows is encouraged to make a public presentation (WISC will assist in organizing presentations) during the period in residence. WISC asks that fellows acknowledge WISC in any publications, exhibitions, etc., that result from the work conducted during the residency.


The application requests:


Completed application form

500-word project proposal

Résumé or curriculum vitae

One-to-three work samples from individuals

Two work samples from a group or one per person within the group

Three letters of recommendation from individuals

Two letters of recommendation for a group or one per person within the group

Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed by a distinguished Academic Advisory Committee . However, they are only reviewed twice a year with review periods beginning March 1 and November 1. Notifications in early May and early January.


To access the applications, click on the button labeled “Click here to submit” below. Applications are only accepted online through Submittable.com. Applications submitted through any other means will not be reviewed.


There are three distinct WISC Fellowship-in-Residence applications, for individual applicants, for groups of up to three, and for groups of four-to-six.


Individual Fellowships-in-Residence

Individual applicants selected for a fellowship will receive a $1,000 stipend for a residency lasting four or more weeks. Stipends for shorter residencies will be prorated by the number of days at $36/day.


Group Fellowships-in-Residence

The group residency is meant to support a group of collaborators in need of a period of residency to engage in teambuilding and/or work on a project together. WISC can accommodate a group size of up to three individuals year-round and up to six individuals during the summer.


Group fellowship applicants will submit one application with a joint proposal that indicates the specific expertise, skills and contributions of each individual toward the group project.


Members of a group selected for a fellowship will share a $1,000 stipend for a residency lasting four or more weeks. Stipends for shorter residencies will be prorated by the number of days at $36/day.


Additional Logistics

Security Deposit: A $200 deposit will be withheld from stipends and paid at the end of the residency if no damage to the residence is incurred.


Family Members: Spouses, partners and children cannot be accommodated.


Pets: Regulations prohibit pets in the residences with the exception of assistance animals.


Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the residences.


Artists: Currently, there is no studio space for artists in our historic residential properties. However, artists working in two dimensional formats using ink or pencil or in digital media may work in their rooms in the residences. Others should inquire.


Persons with Disabilities: If you require disability accommodations for housing or other aspects of a residency, please contact the WISC at 505-983-6538 or email info@wisc-amh.org


Former WISC Fellows must wait two years from the start date of their last fellowship before applying for another fellowship.


Other Questions: If you have other specific questions, please contact WISC at 505-983-6538 or email info@wisc-amh.org.