2017 applications are now closed.

This September, SMFA at Tufts will award ten Traveling Fellowships to selected alumni applicants. These generous awards were created with the goal of providing alumni with financial assistance for travel and study in support of their art research. Each Traveling Fellow receives $10,000 to pursue travel and experience related to their art, and at the end of the travel year, one of the ten fellows is selected for a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

All 2017 Traveling Fellows applications will be processed online through Slideroom. The materials required for the application are noted below, and in the online application.

Questions regarding the application criteria and process should be directed to John Ohrenberger, Coordinator, SMFA Exhibitions and Public Programs. 

For technical assistance with Slideroom, contact support@slideroom.com.


  • Only SMFA graduates of the BFA, Post-Baccalaureate, MFA, Combined Degree, Diploma and MAT programs.
  • Alumni working in any contemporary visual art discipline 
  • Anyone who previously applied for, 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.


May 1, 2017 – Application opens

July 1, 2017 – Application closes

July, 2017 – Jury process begins

July, 2017 – Fellows are chosen

August, 2017 – Fellows are announced

September, 2017 – Funds are distributed

Fall, 2018 – Finalist is selected for Museum of Fine Arts exhibition

Spring, 2020 – Traveling Fellow exhibition at MFA, Boston

Forms and Attachments

  1. Traveling Fellows Pre-Screening Form

    You will need to provide your SMFA degree program, your year of graduation, and your current email address. Please note: “@smfa.edu” addresses expire June 1 and will not be accepted.
  2. Travel Proposal

    You must describe your intended destination(s) and how the fellowship will contribute to your artistic development. (Limit: 2,500 characters).

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

    You should submit digital documentation of five (5) works completed within the last three (3) years. Select the format most appropriate to the artistic medium or discipline represented in your project. Work samples should demonstrate the artistic excellence and artistic merit of your work as it relates 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.