Funding

  • Artist Development Fellowships are awarded annually to 12-18 promising artists. Right: "Portrait of Mao" by Faye Zhang '17

    Funding

    Artist Development Fellowships are awarded annually to 12-18 promising artists. Image: "Portrait of Mao," Faye Zhang '17, ADF 15

  • The OFA supports art making in all forms and at all levels with fellowships, grants, music lesson subsidies and more.

    Funding

    The OFA supports art making in all forms and at all levels with fellowships, grants, music lesson subsidies and more.

Artist Development Fellowships

The OFA awards between 12 and 20 artist development fellowships annually to promising and/or accomplished student artists and creators who have an unusual opportunity for artistic growth and transformation. Fellowship applications are evaluated by the Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. more...

Project Grants

The OFA funds approximately 100 arts projects annually that involve up to 2,500 undergraduates and some graduate students. These grants are awarded by the Council on the Arts and are given across artistic disciplines. They are intended to foster a broad and rich community of art making that involves students of all backgrounds and levels of accomplishment. Most projects occur extracurricularly, although an increasing number are connected to FAS coursework.

This program supports projects across all arts disciplines, and their range is as varied as the student artists. Successful proposals might afford the student artist an opportunity to apprentice to a great artist or artistic company, to research and develop an unusually innovative idea, to finish a body of work, or to live and work in an environment that will feed the applicant’s creative development. more...

The Dmitri Hadzi Visual Arts Grant

This grant honors the legacy of Dimitri Hadzi, renowned sculptor and beloved professor of Visual and Environmental Studies. The Hadzi grant is awarded each year to a student doing exemplary original work in the studio arts, including sculpture, drawing, print-making and/or painting. more...

Applications will be accepted twice during the Academic Year (November & April)

Music Lesson Subsidies

The Music Lesson Subsidy Program provides scholarship support to full-time Harvard undergraduates. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need and demonstrated musical ability and/or potential. In 2011-12, 98 students were awarded subsidies to study with music instructors from all over the Boston area, including affiliates of Berklee College of Music, Longy School of Music, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. more...

Student Art Prizes

The FAS Council on the Arts recognizes exceptional work in the visual and performing arts each year through the awarding of OFA arts prizes. Any undergraduate may be nominated by faculty, administrators or accomplished professional artists for consideration. List of Prizes

Other Sources of Funding (Non-OFA)

Common Grants

Application Online

Film Study Center 

Harvard fellowships provide funding and technical resources for people doing compelling work in video, film, sound, or photography. The fellowships are open to Harvard faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral and research fellows. Fellowships are made annually, for an academic year's tenure. 

Fellowship awards are intended to help defray production or postproduction expenses, and typically range between $1,000 and the maximum of $5000. During the fellowship year, fellows are part of a community of makers, and participate in monthly gatherings where works in progress are shared and discussed. In addition to supporting SD and HD video work, the FSC continues to support 16mm film production, with both regular and Super 16 cameras and Steenbeck editing flatbeds available to fellows. Application information, with a link to the new online portion of the application, is available on the Film Study Center website

The deadline falls two weeks after the first day of Spring semester classes, though most will complete their application over the January break. 

Harvard Department of Music

The Davison Fellowship for Travel in Music: A gift from Alice D. Humez in memory of her husband Archibald "Doc" Davison, provides financial support for students engaged in short projects relating to music that require travel away from Harvard University. Undergraduate and graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. While the terms of the fellowship are broadly defined, preference will be given to proposals that have an academic component. Economical and resourceful proposals will be favored. Undergraduates engaged in research are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Applications consist of a short project description (1-2pp.), a budget, and a confidential letter of recommendation from an academic adviser.These materials should be submitted to the Director of Administration of the Department of Music. Applications are due in early April (check Music Dept. website for more information) for projects beginning in the summer or the following academic year. The fellowship selection will be made by a committee in the Department of Music and will be announced in the first week of May.