"If the visual I’m looking at says, ‘You need to stitch or you need to paint or you need to unravel,’ then I have to do it."
Shweta Sengupta, MFA
Awards Fellowships & Grants
There are a number of awards, grants and fellowship opportunities available to SMFA at Tufts students. We encourage artist scholars to learn more about these opportunities by exploring below.
Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography
The Karsh Prize is awarded annually to three talented students (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) of photography. Winners will work directly with SMFA Exhibitions to re-print and frame their work for the Year End Exhibition.
Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Eligibility: Full-time student
Submission Requirements: 5 original photographic images, itemized checklist, artist statement
An annual prize for outstanding work in metals, glass and/or ceramics.
Carolyn & Robert Springborn Fellowship
The Springborn Fellowship is one of SMFA’s most distinguished and generous awards. Established by Dr. Robert and Carolyn Springborn (BFA '76), two undergraduate students in their second, third, or fourth year are recognized for their academic excellence and are chosen to receive a $25,000 scholarship annually.
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Full-time, will be enrolled next fall. Students must have documented financial need for this award.
Dean’s Research Award
The Dean's Research Award supports SMFA students in realizing bold and important ideas. Collaborations are encouraged, but not required. All current SMFA at Tufts students are eligible to apply.
Eugene C. Ward Memorial Scholarship
Established by family and friends in memory of the late Gene Ward, former dean of Admissions at SMFA, to honor a student who has shown "outstanding merit and commitment to their art in any media".
Timothy F. Nichols Drawing Breath Award
Presented to a student who sustains a high level of effort and production both in and outside of class.
Montague Travel Grant
This award is designated specifically for SMFA at Tufts Master of Fine Arts candidates to further their practice through research and investigation. All full-time SMFA graduate students are eligible to apply.
One of the largest endowed art school grant programs in the country – currently totaling $80,000 to $100,000 annually – the Traveling Fellowship program awards alumni grants of $10,000 to graduates of any SMFA program.