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.
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 all undergraduates currently enrolled in Harvard College.
2020-21 Academic Year:
The mission of the Artist Development Fellowship Program is to support Harvard College undergraduates in dedicated artistic exploration and development. In consideration of the physical and funding restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Office for the Arts and Council on the Arts have come to the difficult decision to place the Fellowship program on hiatus for the 2020-21 academic year. While we regret having to place this program on hold, the OFA remains committed to supporting undergraduate creative growth in many other ways, including funding/resource assistance, music lesson subsidies, virtual guest artist programming and more. Please explore additional resources or contact the OFA.
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.
2020-21 Academic Year
In consideration of the physical and funding restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sydney M. Williams Traveling Fund has been placed on hiatus for the 2020-21 academic year.
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.