In the fall of 2016, SMFA at Tufts will award up to 10 Traveling Fellowships to selected alumni applicants. Created with the goal of providing Graduates with financial assistance for travel and study in support of their ongoing art investigations, these awards are among the largest travel grants offered by an art school in the United States. Each Traveling Fellow receives $10,000 to pursue travel and experience related to their art.

Then, in the fall of 2017 one of these Traveling Fellows will be selected for a solo show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston the subsequent year. To see the list of past recipients and solo shows, please go here. 

Applications for the SMFA Traveling Fellowships 2017 will be done online. This includes all contact information, travel proposal, and work samples. 

The deadline for submissions was July 1.The online portal is now closed. Please check back next spring for details for 2018.

Questions about instructions or policies should be addressed to:
Please Include your name and discipline in all correspondence. 

For technical assistance during the application process, contact

Following are the requirements for the online application:


  • Only SMFA graduates of the BFA, Post-Baccalaureate, MFA, Combined Degree, Diploma and MAT programs
  • Alumni who currently teach at, or are affiliated with, SMFA are eligible
  • SMFA accepts applications from alumni working in any contemporary visual art discipline 
  • Anyone who has previously applied for, but has not won a Traveling Fellowship are encouraged to apply again. However, previous winners of the Traveling Fellowship (or, previously, "Traveling Scholarship") are not eligible.


1. SMFA Program and Graduation Confirmation

In order to apply for a Traveling Fellowship you must be a graduate of the SMFA. Please confirm your program name and year of graduation.

  • Which program did you graduate from at SMFA?
  • What year did you graduate?

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. List the destination(s) at the top of your proposal. (limit 2500 characters)

This process is anonymous, therefore, please remember not to include your name on your document.

limit 2500 characters max

3. Artwork Release form

Please uncheck this box if you do not grant the School permission to use your artwork/images for publicity purposes.

Do you grant the School for the Museum of Fine Arts permission to use your images/artwork for promoting this program?

By checking the 'yes' box I give the SMFA permission to use my images in promotional materials about the School and/or the Traveling Fellows program.

If you have questions about this release please contact


Please 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. Your work samples should demonstrate the artistic excellence and artistic merit of your work as it relates to your travel proposal.

Please note, the panelists' review time is limited so be selective.

Time based work: 1 to 5 videos not to exceed 5 minutes.

The jury process is anonymous. Please remove your name from all visible content, including images, exhibition installation shots, and video introductions and DVD menus.

Provide 5 items. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud