Prizes & Fellowships

Fellowships

Artist Development Fellowships

Artist Development Fellowships are awarded annually by the Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to support student development in the practice of the arts. Fellowships are available to individuals for any of the following purposes:

  • For research and development of unusual artistic projects that are in the early stages of development.
  • For domestic or international travel and housing in order to apprentice and/or work with individual artists, programs, and/or companies.
  • To support artistic projects with a strong link to the curriculum and/or to a special concentration, thesis, or independent study.
  • For interdisciplinary work—not necessarily work that combines art forms, but work that links the artistic/creative process to a wholly different field in a way that sheds new perspective on and/or understanding of each.

For further information about Artist Development Fellowships and application dates, see the Grants and Subsidies section in the Office for the Arts at Harvard website.

George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship

Provides a year of purposeful postgraduate travel for Harvard students to supplement their formal education through immersion in a foreign culture. For further information about the Gardner Traveling Fellowship as well as other traveling fellowship application dates, see the Fellowship Calendar.

Fellowships Outside of Harvard

Prizes

Albert Alcalay Prize

Artist Albert Alcalay, former Faculty member of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, established this prize in 1986 to be awarded to the best student in Visual and Environmental Studies workshop studios as judged by a departmental committee of painting, sculpture, and drawing Faculty. The competition is open to all undergraduates enrolled in Visual and Environmental Studies workshop studios. Projects will be considered without special application by students. Further information may be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in VES.

Rudolf Arnheim Prize

The Rudolf Arnheim Prize was established in 1974 upon his retirement as Professor of the Psychology of Art. The prize is for the most outstanding project that achieves excellence through interdisciplinary effort or to the project which demonstrates excellence in scholarly research integrated with visual communication. The competition is open to all undergraduates enrolled in courses in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and working on individual projects. Projects will be considered without special application by students. Further information may be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in VES.

Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Thesis Competition

In 1982 a fund was established, from a bequest by Thomas T. Hoopes ’19, to grant awards to undergraduates on the basis of outstanding scholarly work or research. Mr. Hoopes directed that the prizes be given for the purpose of “promoting, improving and enhancing the quality of education ... in literary, artistic, musical, scientific, historical or other academic subjects ... under faculty supervision and instruction ... [and] promoting excellence in the art of teaching.” The Hoopes Prize was created to recognize excellence in teaching as well as excellence in undergraduate work and requires the nomination of a faculty member. Further information may be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in VES, as well as The Hoopes Prize website.

Sydney M. Williams Travelling Fund for student travel outside the United States to support original works of visual art
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, by noon

If you are a visual artist with an original creative project that you could further by traveling outside of the United States this summer, consider applying for the Sydney Williams, Jr. Travelling Fellowship. This fund supports students who make original works of visual art.  Projects can include visiting museums and monuments and can be any type of experience or research project provided that it does not involve taking formal classes and is closely related to an ongoing or projected creative project.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomore or juniors.  Students must not be on leave during the spring or fall semesters of 2019.
Due Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by noon.

Application Materials: Apply through CARAT https://carat.fas.harvard.edu/.  You must submit a description of your proposed creative visual arts project (400 words or less), your resumé, a link to some examples of your creative work, and a screenshot proving you are currently enrolled in direct deposit.  Instructions for how to enroll in direct deposit can be found  here: https://sfs.harvard.edu/direct-deposit

Details: The project may vary in length from 3-10 weeks.  Funding will be based on location and length of the project.
Questions:  Email the OCS Summer Funding Office at ocs_summerfunding@fas.harvard.edu  or call at 617-496-6221.

This application process is coordinated by the Office of Career Services in collaboration with the Office for the Arts, the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and Harvard University Art Museums under the aegis of its Curator of Contemporary Art.