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

The Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship provides support to students in the visual and fine arts, including art history, conservation, studio art and photography, for travel and living expenses to pursue independent, year-long projects and programs outside of the United States.

Graduating seniors at one of ten participating colleges and universities are eligible, as are recent graduates. To be considered by the selection committee for the Mortimer Hays–Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, candidates must be nominated by the institution from which they received their undergraduate degree.

Evaluation Criteria

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

  • Awareness of resources such as libraries or archives that should be consulted in connection with the candidate’s project

  • The clarity of the project goals and the means by which they will be achieved

  • The appropriateness of one year as the time period within which to accomplish the project and its goals

University nomination

Candidates for Mortimer 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. Applicants may request access to an official application form through Columbia's Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Institutional Representative, Nicola Lopez ( of the CU School of the Arts.

Do note, in addition to submitting the official application form, each candidate must submit the following by the deadline provided:

1. One copy (official or unofficial) of each undergraduate and graduate transcript;

2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the candidate well and are in a position to discuss the merit and viability of the candidate’s project and the ability of the candidate to complete the project successfully (the letter of recommendation form is available here);

3. For candidates submitting proposals in the visual arts or art conservation only - please submit work samples directly to the Columbia institutional representative as well.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to speak to a URF Advisor about their research plans and proposal prior to requesting an official application form from Professor Lopez.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities
Barnard College, 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: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021