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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline?

The deadline for both Fall and Spring fellowships is July 17 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please visit our main page for the most up-to-date deadline.

Whom should I contact?

Submit your application via the online form. Email any questions you may have to

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

Recommenders must submit their letters directly to with the applicant’s name and “Visiting Artist Program Recommendation” in the subject line.

What details should I include in the project summary?

The project summary should be a short statement, no more than 100 words, about the themes of your work and why you would like to come to Harvard. You will be given a chance to explain in depth with the narrative portion of your application.

What details should I include in my personal statement?

Be sure to answer the questions asked in the application in under 2 pages:

  • How do you use your work to draw attention to the areas of economic, policy, and social issues of your particular context?
  • How will you utilize your time at Harvard to shape your work?
  • Please spend most of your narrative about work you have already completed, as your stay at Harvard will focus on these works. Works that you hope to complete in the future will not be the main topic of discussion.

Which work samples should I include?

Please be aware of the limitations of no more than 25 images, 15 minutes of video, and/or 15 pages of text, or whatever medium best represents your work. Your work sample portfolio should cohesively represent the themes of your work. Select works that best represent you as an artist. Work samples may be accompanied by a brief description.

Your work samples should include the works you would like to show on our 30’ x 13’ exhibit wall should you be selected.

What is the time frame for Visiting Artist decisions?

Applicants will be notified of the decision 3–4 weeks after their application is submitted, following deliberation by the faculty review committee.