Funding for Individuals

Artist Development Fellowships

2019 Artist Development Fellow Anna Lee ‘20
2019 Artist Development Fellow Anna Lee ‘20 (left) (photo credit: Denis Ryan Kelly Jr,)
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 8 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 4 weeks or longer.

The program is jointly administered by the OFA, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Office of Career Services, and is open to all undergraduates currently enrolled in Harvard College. More information>

Application deadline for 2020 acadmic year:  Thursday, February 6th, 2020


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. 

Due Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by noon.

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.  Instructions for how to enroll in direct deposit can be found here

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 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. 

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 2018-19, 105 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. More information>