"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: Friday, March 8, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

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

Dana Pond Competition

An annual competition that honors three students who have done exemplary work.

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements:  Exactly 3 works in painting, very broadly defined (i.e. could be work in any medium).

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: Friday, March 8, 2019

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: Friday, March 8, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

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

Dean’s Research Award

The Dean's Research Awards (DRAs) support SMFA students working on extraordinary artistic projects whose costs exceed the norm. Students may apply to cover any costs related to producing new work, including research, materials, travel, and any other aspect of the related work. Awards may be used to fund any projects that are currently under way or have been completed during the present academic year. All current students can apply for any amount of funding up to $500.

To apply for an award, you must submit by Friday, April 26 via this Slideroom form:

  1. A project description, not exceeding 500 words in length. You may wish to discuss the specific goals you have for the project and how it fits with your ongoing artistic practice.

  2. The amount of funding requested, with information about how the money would be or was spent. (This information can be part of your project description.)

  3. Three to five sample images of your work.

Successful applications will:

  • Provide a coherent, compelling, well-written description of the project for which funding is being requested;

  • Include images of work that display obvious signs of promise/progress;

  • Offer a clear justification for the amount of funding being requested, including evidence of pricing out supplies, travel, and other necessities;

  • Make clear that the applicant has read these instructions carefully.

All other things being equal, preference will be given to students closest to the end of their academic programs who have never received a DRA.

Applications for the present round of awards are due by midnight on Friday, April 26, via Slideroom. Award winners will be informed in early May.

Questions? Speak to or email Laurel Hoffer in the B203 office suite.

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019

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.