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Apply to the Visiting Artist Fellowship

You are eligible to apply for the VAF if you are:

  • An artist who is a current resident in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka). We will pay attention to the geographic and thematic representation of the applicant.
  • A mid-career artist with an established body of work, who is actively exhibiting current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces. Although formal professional training at an accredited institution is not a requirement, artists with professional training are preferred.
  • Demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship. Special consideration will be given to artists whose proposals directly relate to The Mittal Institutes ongoing research:
  • Able to provide a plan and rationale for utilizing Harvards resources including: specific classes, archives, libraries, or museum collections.
  • In possession of a valid passport and are able to apply for the necessary visa.  * Short-listed candidates will be required to participate in a skype interview with the review committee.


Application Requirements

Application instructions are here:

Please read the instructions thoroughly.

  • Artist Statement (Max. up to 300 words)
  • CV
  • Work Portfolio: Your work portfolio should consist of no more than 15 images, 15 minutes of video, and/or 15 pages of text, or whatever medium best represents your work. 
  • Fellowship Proposal (max 1000 words): This written statement should describe your preliminary proposal and how it will benefit from being hosted by the MI and Harvard. Please list in as much detail as possible which resources, departments and faculty at Harvard would be pertinent to you research. Also, please state whether you would be drawing on the collections of the Harvard Museums for your research.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Please find two references to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. One letter must be from a senior professional involved in art or practicing artist. Their letters should address the following questions (as well as any other relevant information): 1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? 2. Assess the candidate’s qualifications and previous achievements and evaluate the potential impact/contribution of his or her project. These letters should be uploaded directly to CARAT.