CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Architecture & Design

The Competition for the 2018-19 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Architecture & Design is now OPEN! Deadline: June 1, 2018.


Candidates in the fields of architectural design, interior design, urban design and urban planning may submit applications for the fellowship. All materials should be submitted digitally if possible, on cd, dvd or flash drive. Hard copies of work samples are optional but may be included in one portfolio. In the event items are submitted which are not firmly attached to a portfolio, each should be individually labeled to show the applicant's name. The date of execution of each work should be given. For the purpose of historical value, the winner is expected to submit signed and dated portfolio to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection.

Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 21 fellowships in architecture. In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. For the purpose of historical value and documentation, architectural award recipients are encouraged to submit architectural drawings (i.e., representative samples of their work) to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection after the grant period.

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Application Guidelines - Fellowship in Architecture & Design

Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applicants engaged in research, students, or performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships.

All forms can be filled out online and saved to a cd, dvd or flash drive for submission. Please also print and sign copies of the application forms and include with your application package.


The original application, in black ink or, preferably, typewritten, must be submitted. The application must be completed in English or Spanish. Please complete all sections of the application.

Artist's and Project Statements

Prepare two narrative statements: The Artist's Statement describes your personal history, your development as an artist, and your plans for the future. The Project Statement describes the project or activity that you would undertake if awarded a Cintas Fellowship. Please include a timeline for the project, and identify other sources, where appropriate, of funding for the project.

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Letters may be submitted separately, if necessary, but must be received by the application deadline. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the recommender's signature across the seal. Letters of recommendation must be written in English or Spanish.

Submission of Work Samples

All material should be submitted to the Cintas Fellowship Selection Program by the application deadline. Candidates are urged to ship portfolios by express mail. Acceptable formats are DVDs and CDs accompanied by a corresponding image list. Materials must be accompanied by the Work Sample Form. Pieces should be carefully itemized on this form. Limit the submission to 10 (ten) samples.

Send material to:

Laurie Escobar
CINTAS Administrator
MDC Museum of Art + Design
Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida  33132

Tel: 305-237-7901
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Return of Work Samples

Work samples will be returned to candidates following the competition, provided that Cintas Fellowship Program is furnished with a self-addressed envelope or mailing container stamped with the appropriate postage.

Download PDFs

The CINTAS Application Form
The CINTAS Letters of Recommendation Form
The CINTAS Work Sample Form

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: The award is considered taxable income under US tax law and the Foundation will withhold appropriate US taxes. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The address for the IRS website:, at which the form is readily available.

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