The du Cille Fellowship


Applications are accepted only on the NPPF website and information submitted is viewable only by the applicant and NPPF staff and judges.

Applications may be edited and new material added online up to the deadline.

The following should be included:

A Statement of Purpose (750 words maximum):

  • Create a working headline for your proposal, boil it down to the basics.
  • The statement should explain how you propose to use the $15,000 fellowship and how you are qualified to undertake it..

A proposed framework for the project:

  • State the resources and approach you expect to use and how NPPF might assist you.
  • Include a proposed timeline for the project with dates.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, additional detail may be requested.


  • A concise résumé highlighting the depth of your experience, the quality of your work and your commitment to completing a project of consequence is required.

References: Three references are required.

  • Provide names, email addresses, phone numbers and a brief statement describing your relationship with your references. Letters are not needed.

Provide examples of your work that indicate your professional level and ability: 

  • Upload pictures, video links or picture stories to NPPF’s online system. Please click to read the image preparation requirements.
  • Links to your website, to published projects or to a listing of books or shows produced may be included.
  • Applicants warrant that the photographs and other material submitted to The du Cille Fellowship are their own work and abide by NPPA’s ethics standards..

Entry fee: 

  • $50.00 – waived for The 2021 du Cille Fellowship.


  • Open June 28, 2021, and must be completed by Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  
  • Entries may be edited up to the deadline.

Judging and interviews: A panel of judges appointed by NPPF will review entries and interview finalists.

  • The recipient 2021 du Cille Fellowship will be announced in the fall of 2021.


  • Questions may be emailed to 
  • Answers will be emailed to you and will be posted anonymously on the FAQ page. (link to a page to be added).