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Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts Guidelines

Application Deadline: May 1

Applications for this scholarship are made online through the Grants Application Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) application system. To make an application, you will require a GATE User ID and Password. Please e-mail registrationAFA@gov.ab.ca at least five business days prior to the application deadline with the following information:

1.     Your legal Name

2.     The scholarship you are applying for; and

3.     Your email address.

Late or incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible. For help with this application call 780.427.9968 or toll free 310.0000 during regular business hours before the application deadline.

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  1. Introduction and Purpose
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Scholarship Conditions
  4. Application Requirements
  5. Assessment
  6. Application Submission and Deadline


1. Introduction and Purpose

The Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship for the Visual Arts was established by the Government of Alberta in 2002 to commemorate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne and her service to the Commonwealth.

One scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded annually to a young Albertan visual artist who shows extraordinary talent and potential and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.

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2. Eligibility Criteria

2.1 In order to be eligible for a project grant, applicants must be:

  • residents of Alberta. For the purposes of this program, a resident is a person:
    • legally entitled to be or remain in Canada; and,
    • who has had his or her primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying to this grant stream.
  • 25 years of age or younger on the May 1 deadline.

2.2 For the purposes of this scholarship program:

  • Eligible visual arts works that will be accepted for assessment of artistic merit include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and works in clay, glass, wood, metal, fibre, or any combination of these materials.
  • Eligible visual arts programs that will be accepted for assessment of educational or training merit are the following:
    • any level of undergraduate studies with a minor or major in visual arts; or
    • a recognized program or appropriate mentorship, workshop, master class, or course with a focus on visual arts.
  • Graduate programs or their equivalent are ineligible for consideration.

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3. Scholarship Conditions

3.1 The scholarship will only be granted if the successful applicant can prove enrollment in an acceptable program as defined in section 2.1b and as identified in the applicant's scholarship application.

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4. Application Requirements

Applications for this scholarship are managed through the GATE online application system. To obtain a GATE user ID and password, please email the AFA at registrationAFA@gov.ab.ca a minimum of five business days prior to the application deadline. Once assigned, this user ID and password will allow access to GATE for this and future applications to the AFA.

Note: Each component identified below must be submitted in the noted manner – online forms or attachments. Attachments must be uploaded to the GATE system to complete the application. See Application User Guide for more information.(coming soon)

In the Applicant Profile:

4.1 Current, complete contact information for the applicant (GATE online form).

In the Scholarship Application:

4.2 Confirmation of Alberta residency and applicant status (GATE online form). If the Applicant is under the age of 18 years at the time of application, the following requirements must be met:

  • a parent or legal guardian must e-sign the Application Form and Applicant Agreement as the designate for the scholarship; and,
  • the designate is responsible for the following:

i. the completeness and accuracy of the application in full

ii. receipt and use of scholarship funds

iii. serving as contact person for any inquiries relating to the grant.

4.3 A brief project description, indicating the name of the educational program and start and end dates of the program (GATE online form).

4.4 A completed Applicant Agreement including the e-signature of the applicant or designate (GATE online form).

4.5 A resume or curriculum vitae of no more than two pages in length that focuses on the applicant's artistic activity (upload attachment).

4.6 A letter by the applicant (upload attachment), of no more than two pages in length that:

  • introduces the applicant and outlines her/his previous experience in the visual arts;
  • outlines the applicant's interest in the visual arts;
  • describes how the applicant will use the scholarship to develop her/his visual arts practice should the application be successful; and
  • introduces the applicant's visual arts submission.

4.7  A scanned copy of one of the following to provide legal proof of age (upload attachment):

  • certificate of birth;
  • driver’s licence
  • passport; or
  • certificate of Canadian citizenship

4.8 A detailed description of the applicant's chosen visual arts educational or training program(s) (upload attachment).

  • applicants who have been accepted into a specific course must provide proof of acceptance and a detailed description and schedule for the training program or course of study; or
  • applicants who have not already been accepted into a course must submit a detailed description and schedule for the preferred choice. In addition, two alternate program choices must be submitted, with detailed descriptions and schedules for each choice.

4.9  A one-page numbered inventory of all images submitted including title, medium, size, and year of execution, and in chronological order from the oldest to most recent work.

 4.10 A set of no more than 10 (ten) digital images of the applicant's work (upload attachment). Image files must:

  • be PC-compatible .jpeg files;
  • have a resolution of 72 dpi;
  • have a maximum size 1024 x 768 pixels display;
  • be a maximum size of 500KB (0.5MB); and
  • be RGB or SRGB colour mode files only (no CMYK).
  • be labeled with a number and title.
  • Video submissions must be made in hard copy on CD, DVD or USB flash drive compatible with Microsoft Windows operating system and NTSC video standards. Links to online content are not an acceptable submission format. All video support material provided in hard copy must be clearly labelled with the applicant's name. Chaptered menus and named files are strongly encouraged. The applicant is responsible for providing support materials that comply with the playback capabilities of the AFA.

4.11 One current and signed letter of reference, preferably from one of the following: a high school, college or university instructor in Film or Media Arts; a professionally produced or presented visual artist; or another professional working in visual arts (upload attachment).

4.12 If applicants request return of support materials submitted in hard copy, they must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with the submission.

4.13 Applicants may be asked for additional information to determine eligibility, or any other program requirements.

4.14 Applicants are encouraged to export a PDF of the complete application package after submission and keep it in their records.

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5. Assessment

5.1 Assessment of all eligible applications to the Queen's Golden Jubilee Visual Arts Scholarship program will be conducted by a discipline-specific expert panel.

5.2 The expert panel assesses each scholarship application based on the following criteria:



      • The applicant's artistic ability based on the artistic merit of the visual arts submission.
      • The merit and appropriateness of the proposed program(s) in the context of the applicant's visual arts goals and interests.
      • The impact of the proposed program(s) on the artistic development of the applicant.
      • The applicant's achievements and experience in visual arts and the visual arts community to date.

5.3 The assessment and notification process may take up to six months.

5.4 Only one $5,000 scholarship may be awarded. All applicants, successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome in writing. No expert panel comments will be provided.

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6. Application Submission and Deadline

6.1 Applications must:

i. be submitted online through the GATE online grant application system unless otherwise specified in Section 4;

ii. be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

iii. (for supplementary material submitted in hard copy per Section 4 only) be postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day. Hard copy materials must be clearly labelled and mailed directly to the AFA at:

            Alberta Foundation for the Arts

10708 – 105 Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB  T5H 0A1

6.2 The AFA does not accept late or incomplete applications.

6.3 All materials submitted with scholarship applications will be retained by the AFA.

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7. For Additional Help

For assistance with this grant application, please call the AFA at 780.427.9968 during regular business hours. Toll-free calls can be made by first dialing 310.0000.

To obtain a GATE user ID and password, please email the AFA at registrationAFA@gov.ab.ca a minimum of five business days prior to the application deadline,

Ross Bradley, Arts Development Consultant
T: 780-415-0288
E: ross.bradley@gov.ab.ca