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Visiting Artist Fellowship


The deadline to apply for this fellowship has passed.

Our next round of fellowship applications will likely open in Fall 2021 while we await further guidance and details from the University. Please check back in late August/early September 2021 for more information on the next round of fellowships.


As many of you are aware, Harvard University is currently operating in a modified manner resulting from restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Please note that any fellowship offers for the upcoming Spring and Fall 2021 semesters and the start date of the fellowship will remain contingent on the University returning to an operational and financial status that enables us to proceed with this appointment.

The Visiting Artist Fellowship provides:
  • Each artist a stipend of $8,000 for the 8-week duration of the program to cover all costs incurred during the fellowship at the Mittal Institute. These include but are not limited to accommodations, meals, health insurance, domestic travels, etc.
  • In addition, one round-trip economy travel cost from South Asia to Cambridge, MA.
  • An orientation to the campus in the first week of the artist’s fellowship that includes information and access to Harvard’s extensive physical and digital libraries and archives, and the Harvard Art Museums.
  • Access to local museums and arts organizations as feasible.
  • A shared office space at the Institute.
  • A platform to publish blogs or other media.
  • Opportunity to attend classes on campus pending individual faculty approval.
The Visiting Artist Fellowship does not provide or guarantee:
  • Studio space for marking art.
  • Art supplies beyond the artist stipend.
  • Faculty approval for classes or meetings.
  • Artists who are current residents of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka). We will pay attention to the geographic and thematic representation of the applicant.
  • Mid-career artists with an established body of work, who are 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 Institute’s ongoing research.
  • Able to provide a plan and rationale for utilizing Harvard’s 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 video interview with the review committee.
  • An artist’s talk/seminar on campus and in the region, as appropriate.
  • A curated exhibition of the Visiting Artist’s works on campus. 
  • A 4- to 5-page report covering what was accomplished during the Fellowship.
  • An exit interview.
Application Instructions:

To apply for the Visiting Artist Fellowship, you will need to set up an XID Login and apply through the CARAT application database. Instructions for creating an XID are here. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for XID logins to become active.

Once your XID is active, visit and fill out the Online Application Form. When taken to the HarvardKey page, be sure to click the “XID” tab above the login fields to log in with your new XID information.

Please upload the following items with your application:

  • Artist statement (maximum 300 words) describing your work.
  • Resume/CV
  • Work portfolio: Your work portfolio should consist of no more than 15 images, 15 minutes of video, or 15 pages of text. Select works that best represent you as an artist. Work samples may be accompanied by a brief description. You can find an example of the work portfolio PDF here.
  • Fellowship Proposal (maximum 500 words): This written statement should describe your preliminary proposal and how it will benefit from being hosted by the Mittal Institute and Harvard. Please list in as much detail as possible which resources, departments, and faculty at Harvard would be pertinent to your research. Also, please state if you would be drawing on the collections of the Harvard Museums for your research. Anything longer than 500 words will not be considered. Some questions to consider include:

How will you utilize 8 weeks of your time at Harvard to inform your work? What resources at Harvard do you plan to use? How do you use your work to draw attention to the areas of economic, policy, and social issues of your particular context of South Asia?

Please spend most of your narrative about work you have already completed, as your stay at Harvard will focus on these works.

  • 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 a practicing artist. These letters should be uploaded directly to CARAT. The letters should address the following (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.

Please note: Applicants will be notified of the decision within 2 months of the application deadline.