Traveling Fellows

Since 1899, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has awarded Traveling Fellowships (formerly called Traveling Scholarships) to select alumni. As one of the largest endowed art school grant programs in the country, the Traveling Fellowship program provides funds for artists to further develop and inform their practice.

The program has provided critical early-career support for many notable SMFA graduates, including Nan Goldin, Mike and Doug Starn, Ellen Gallagher, Omer Fast, and recent graduates such as Evelyn Rydz, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, and Daniela Rivera.

History of the Travel Fund

In 1894, James William Paige left a bequest of $30,000 to the Museum School to establish a travel fund. Income was to be used to send SMFA students to Europe, where they would study art for a period of two years. By 1899, the first Traveling Scholar, Mary Brewster Hazelton, sailed to Europe. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recipients typically traveled to Paris, Rome, or Florence and received $800 per year for two years. Today, SMFA Travelling Fellows journey across the globe, to places as diverse as the American West, Antartica, and Shikoku, Japan, and receive grants of up to $10,000 each. 


  • Only SMFA graduates of the BFA, Post-Baccalaureate, MFA, Combined Degree, Studio Diploma, or MAT programs may apply
  • Alumni may be working in any contemporary visual art discipline 
  • Anyone who previously applied, but has not won a Traveling Fellowship, is encouraged to apply again 

Previous winners of a Traveling Fellowship (or, previously, "Traveling Scholarship") are not eligible.


June 1, 2018
Application opens

August 1, 2018
Application closes at Midnight

How to Apply

Each September, SMFA at Tufts awards ten Traveling Fellowships to selected alumni. Fellows receive up to $10,000 to pursue travel and research related to their art. All Traveling Fellows applications will be processed online through Slideroom. Requirements are noted below and in the online application. At the end of the travel year, fellows can be considered for exhibition opportunities.

Questions regarding the application criteria and process should be directed to Kaitlyn Clark, Art Exhibitions Preparator, SMFA Exhibitions and Public Programs. 

For technical assistance with Slideroom, please contact

Forms and Attachments (all forms are available online as part of the application)  
  1. Traveling Fellows Pre-Screening Form

    You will need to indicate your SMFA degree program, your year of graduation, and your current email address. Please note: “” addresses are no longer active and will not be accepted.
  2. Travel Proposal

    Please tell us about your proposed destination(s) and give a detailed explanation describing why the Fellowship would contribute to your artistic development. Be specific in telling the jury why this opportunity suits your practice at this juncture and why the particular location(s) will enrich your work, either through expanding skills, research, or experiences. Please also include a timeline and estimated budget. List the destination(s) at the top of your proposal. (limit 2500 characters)

    The jury uses a blind process; therefore, you should not include your name or degree on the Travel Proposal document.
  3. Media Files

    Provide digital documentation of five (5) works completed within the last three (3) years. Select the format most appropriate to the artistic medium or discipline representative of your work (i.e. images, video, audio, writing, modeling, etc.) that will provide context for your practice and research interests. If you are providing video or audio, work samples can be up to ten minutes in duration and writing samples should be less than 5 pages. Work samples should demonstrate the artistic merit of your work as well as relevancy to the travel proposal.  

    The jury uses a blind process. Applicants should remove their name from all visible content, including images, exhibition installation shots, and video introductions

    File Restrictions:
    Slideroom can accept any media file type. However, the following formats are optimized for browser-based viewing. There are also limits placed on each file’s size, noted below.
    Images: 10 MB; .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
    Audio: 60 MB; .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
    Video: 500 MB; .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
    Documents: 20 MB; .pdf
    3D Models: blend, .3ds, .dae, .obj, .fbx, .dwf, .osg, .osgt, .osgb, .ive, .lwo, .lws, .ply, .wrl, .iv, .shp, .stl, .bvh, .flt, .ac, .x, .dw, .3dc, .geo, .gta, .kmz, .vpk;
  4. Image Release Form

    We will only ask for image release permissions from applicants who are awarded Traveling Fellowships. All materials submitted by other applicants will be used for the sole purpose of jurying and will not be used in public promotion.