2020 Common Field Convening Scholarship Guidelines

Common Field is proud to offer 25 national scholarships to support arts organizers with the costs of travel and attendance to the 2020 Common Field Houston Convening from April 23 - 26, 2020.

Link to Application:
Download a PDF of the guidelines

Application Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:59PM PST
Awards Announced: Friday, February 21, 2020

The total value of each scholarship is up to $1,000, and includes:
- A free one-year membership to Common Field ($50 - $300 value)
- One Member-level ticket to attend the full Convening ($125/+ value)
- Up to $800 in reimbursements for round-trip travel and accommodations


What is Awarded: A free, one-year membership to Common Field (if you are a current member, you’ll receive 12 months additional membership), one membership level Convening ticket ($125 value), up to $800 reimbursement for round-trip travel and accommodations. The total value of each scholarship is $1,000.

Who Can Apply: Any national arts organization/arts organizer that does not have institutional support to attend. As membership is included in the award, you don’t have to be a member of Common Field to apply. The Scholarship is meant to support organizers outside of the Houston area who will incur significant travel and accommodations costs. International and Houston-based applicants are not eligible to apply to the National Scholarship Program.

How to Receive the Funds: Scholarships are awarded as a reimbursement for travel and accommodation expenses up to $800. Funds can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts) airfare, ground transportation, and hotel/accommodations. Funds will be distributed after the scholarship recipient submits a reimbursement form with copies of receipts and a brief final report after the conclusion of the Convening.

Reporting: All recipients are required to submit a brief report about their experience by June 1, 2020, detailing the participant’s experience of the Convening.


Scholarships will be awarded to organizers who are not attached to an entity that has a budget for professional development/conference opportunities and has at least two years experience in the field, either independently or as part of an organization. Organizers of color and from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by a jury of peers. We ask that these jurors consider the following:


  • Applicants are not attached to an entity/institutions that has a budget for professional development/conference opportunities

  • At least two years experience in the field, either independently or as part of an organization.

Guiding Questions:

  • How will this person benefit?

  • How will their experience benefit their community?

  • How will their presence benefit the Common Field Convening community?

  • Do they have many opportunities for connection and exchange?


  • Those who have no other way of funding their attendance

  • Invest in people who are the future of the field - emerging and mid-career organizers who will be invested in this work for years to come

  • Those who have never attended the Convening before

  • People who have never received a Common Field Scholarship before

  • Represent underserved environments (i.e. non-urban communities)

  • Represent diversity in all its forms

  • Those who have strong connections to their local community

Questions? Please contact Convening Program Director Crystal Baxley at or (626) 566-8984‬.

2020 National Scholarship FAQs

Can I apply if I live outside of the United States of America?

No, you must reside in the U.S.A to be eligible for this scholarship.  


Can a team apply for a scholarship?

Yes, you can apply as a team to receive one scholarship. The amount of the scholarship will not increase if applying as a team.

Will you award a scholarship to two different applications from the same organization?

No, scholarships will only be awarded to one person per organization. 


What is eligible for reimbursement?

The scholarship specifically is to pay for travel and accommodations - including flights, ground transportation (car, cab, public transportation) and accommodations (hotel, motel, Airbnb, etc). Parking in Houston and meals purchased during the Convening are also eligible expenses. 


What is NOT eligible for reimbursement?

We do not reimburse expenses from bars (even if the purchase is food). 


What do I have to do to receive the money?

Save every receipt! Receipts must be sent to Common Field, along with a provided reimbursement form, to process payment. Scholarship recipients are also required to fill out a brief feedback form about their experience before payment is issued. 


How will I be reimbursed?

We reimburse all eligible expenses with one check.

When will I be reimbursed?

Once you have submitted receipts, reimbursement form, and feedback report, we will work as quickly as we can to issue your payment as soon as possible. However, please plan for reimbursement to take up to 30 days.