- be 19 years old or older
- be a resident of Nebraska for two years prior to the application date and remain a resident of Nebraska during the fellowship award period of one year.
- submit proof of residency via notarized affidavit of residency, if selected, for the NAC office records.
- not be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or certificate-granting program in the artistic field in which the application is being made.
- be the originator of the work, not an interpreter of the work of others.
Previous fellowship applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply. Past recipients must complete their previous final report to be eligible, cannot submit work that was included in the winning application and can only apply every three years.