"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.

 

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. 

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Full-time, will be enrolled next fall. Applicants must have documented financial need for this award. Please email Shaun Thomas before 3/17/18 to determine eligibility.

Submission Requirements: 2 works, artist statement

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: Monday, March 12, 2018

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: 5 original photographic images, itemized checklist, artist statement

Dana Pond Competition

An annual painting competition that honors three students who have done exemplary work during the preceding school year.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: Exactly 3 works in painting, broadly defined

Will and Elena Barnet Painting Award

An annual prize given to a student whose paintings "embody the formal elements of painting, composition and the principles of structural design".

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: Exactly 1 work in painting, strictly defined

Stella and Sumner Cooper Award

An annual prize for outstanding work in metals, glass and/or ceramics.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: 1-2 works in metals, glass, and/or ceramics

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.

Traveling Fellowships

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.