Funding

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

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.

2021-2022 Academic Year:

Deadline:  Thursday, February 3, 2022 12 noon

Application: Available via CARAT in early November, 2021

Eligibility: sophomores and juniors currently enrolled in the University.

Sydney M. Williams Traveling Fund

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 2019-20, 104 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

2021-22 Academic Year
Applications will be accepted beginning October 4th, 2021 and are due by January 10, 2022, with the grant announcement to be made by March 1, 2022. Funds will be distributed monthly to the inaugural Alpert Harvardwood Fellow beginning on June 1, 2022 and ending by May 31, 2023.

Information Sessions:
Harvardwood will host two virtual informational sessions on Monday, October 4th at 3 pm ET and Wednesday November 10th at 6 pm ET to answer any questions about the application process.

Please register for which information session you would like to attend.
10/04/2021 Information Session #1: Register HERE
11/10/2021 Information Session #2: Register HERE

Application Materials: The link to the application will go live on Monday, October 4th.

Questions: Email Harvardwood at harvardwood@harvardwood.org