Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowships

Multiple Locations
Term: Academic Year

Provides support to students in the visual and fine arts for travel and living expenses outside the U.S. for independent projects and programs

Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowships provide support to students in the visual and fine arts—including history, conservation, studio art, and photography—for travel and living expenses outside the U.S. in pursuit of a program of study or other activities approved by the selection committee.

Each fellowship provides a stipend in support of a year-long project. Graduating seniors at one of ten participating colleges and universities are eligible, as are recent graduates.

Applications for the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including but not limited to:

  • the merit of the project and its proposed outcomes,
  • the adequacy of the candidate’s preparation and foreign-language proficiency for the project,
  • the necessity of travel abroad to meet the goals and objectives of the project,
  • the relationship of the project to the candidate’s prior work, preparation, and professional or creative goals, and
  • the clarity of the project goals and the means by which they will be achieved.

University nomination

Candidates for Hays-Brandeis Fellowships must be nominated by the institution from which they will receive (or have received) their undergraduate degrees, students may not apply directly to this program.

Columbia students may apply for nomination by accessing the application throughout the Hays-Brandeis website and submitting their application materials for the deadline stated below. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by references to by the internal deadline as well, along with the candidate submitting a copy of all relevant collegiate transcripts and, for candidates submitting proposals in the visual arts or art conservation only - please submit work samples directly to as well.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Multiple Locations
Multiple Regions
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Internal deadline