Funding

Student Even Vietorisz '20 in Cuba, partically funded by Artist Development FellowshipArtist Development Fellowships

Office for the Arts, Artist Development Fellowships: 


The OFA awards 10-15 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.

Read Acting Out, a Harvard Arts Blog post by ADF Fellow Enosa Ogbeide '20.

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. In addition, in collaboration with the Office of Career Services (OCS), the program is able to support a number of summer international projects that are eight weeks or longer. To be eligible for OCS funding, students must be in good standing, complete the spring semester, must be returning in the fall after their summer experience and must not have previously received Harvard funding for an international experience of four weeks or longer.

The Artist Development Fellowship program is jointly administered by the OFA, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and the Office of Career Services. It is open to sophomores and juniors currently enrolled in Harvard College.

Please read the Harvard Summer Funding Policy before applying. 

2022-2023 Academic Year:

Deadline:  Thursday, February 2, 2023 12 noon

Application: Available via CARAT beginning Monday, November 7, 2022

Eligibility: sophomores and juniors currently enrolled in the University.

Sydney M. Williams Traveling Fund

2022-2023 Academic Year

Deadline:  March 9, 2023 (11:59pm). Live link to application available end of October.

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.

Application Materials: Apply through CARAT. You must submit a description of your proposed creative visual arts project (400 words or less), your resume, a link to some example(s) of your creative work and a screenshot proving you are currently enrolled in direct deposit. Follow these instructions for how to enroll in direct deposit

Details: The project may vary in length from three to ten weeks. Funding will be based on location and length of the project.

Questions:  Email the OCS Summer Funding Office at or call at 617-496-6221.

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

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 2021-22, 107 students were awarded subsidies to study with music instructors from all over the Boston area, including affiliates of Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship

This fellowship supports graduating seniors or recent Harvard alumni working or seeking to work in the arts, media, and entertainment fields. The multiyear gift, generously donated by Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert ’99 and her husband, producer and media entrepreneur David Alpert ‘97, includes a $24,000 grant, awarded annually, to support one recent graduate from the College for one year as they pursue their artistic projects. Each Alpert Harvardwood Fellow will also be paired with a mentor in their field of interest to help guide their creative endeavors and will receive additional assistance through Harvardwood.

To read the full press release and application details visit: https://www.harvardwood.org/harvardwood_artist_launch_fellowship

2022-23 Academic Year
Applications will be accepted TBD and are due by TBD, with the grant announcement to be made by TBD. Funds will be distributed monthly to the Alpert Harvardwood Fellow beginning on June 1, 2023 and ending by May 31, 2024.

Information Sessions:
TBD

Application Materials: Forthcoming

Questions: Email Harvardwood at harvardwood@harvardwood.org