Grants and Prizes

Interested students should investigate the following sources of research support:

Ford Grant Program
May support directed research during the summer (work may not be for academic credit). Administered by the Student Employment Office. April deadline.

Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Summer Thesis Research Grants
May support summer thesis research by women undergraduates. Administered by the Student Employment Office. March deadline.

Radcliffe Traveling Fellowships
There are five separate categories of fellowships available to women undergraduates for research and travel support. Administered by the Student Employment Office. March deadline.

Dressler Family Traveling Grants
Support for students seeking to travel and study in a Romance language-speaking country. Administered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Boylston Hall. Spring deadline.

Russian Research Center Summer Grants
For summer thesis research in Soviet or Russian Studies. Administered by the Russian Research Center. March deadline.

Center For Middle Eastern Studies Grants
For summer thesis research on Middle Eastern topics. Administered by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. March deadline.

The Joseph Pulitzer. Jr. '36 Beneficiary Aid Fund
The Pulitzer Fund supports thesis writers in the History of Art and Architecture Department who need to travel during their senior year to complete their thesis research. Administered by the Department of History of Art and Architecture. March deadline.

The Claire Martin Fairman History of Art and Architecture Undergraduate Thesis Prize
A bequest from the Estate of Claire Martin Fairman and the gifts of the Fairman family establish the Claire Martin Fairman History of Art and Architecture Undergraduate Thesis Prize in memory of Claire Martin Fairman, AB 1954. The Fairman Prize will be awarded to that thesis which is found, by faculty vote, to be most worthy, and of a topic focusing on modern art, which was of great interest to Mrs. Fairman.   Mrs. Fairman was a 1954 graduate of Radcliffe College and past President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Long Island  she received Radcliffe's Distinguished Service Award in 2004 on the occasion of her class' 50th reunion, of which she was co-chair.   A devoted community volunteer, she served at various times on the Boards of Planting Fields Foundation, Locust Valley Library, Doubleday-Babcock Senior Center, Save the Children Long Island, and the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. She co-founded the Hutton House Lectures at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and retired as Development Officer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  She was a Fine Arts concentrator and wrote her thesis on Henry Moore. She was a lifelong lover and supporter of the arts.

The Matthew Abramson '96 Traveling Fellowship
An endowed fund established by the Abramson family in honor of the memory of their son, to support travel for thesis research in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Administered by this department. March deadline.

The Matthew Abramson '96 Prize for Best Senior Thesis in History of Art and Architecture is awarded by faculty vote of the Department of History of Art and Architecture to the one student of this department whose thesis has been determined as "Best Senior Thesis" as based primarily upon the combined numerical score of the grades submitted by all readers, with subsequent discussion and vote in the department honors meeting.

In the Academic Year, 1999-2000, The Department of History of Art and Architecture was first able to award a newly endowed departmental prize for senior thesis writing. Matthew Abramson, a History of Art and Architecture Concentrator of the Harvard College Class of '96 felt strongly of the significance and personal reward gained through the research and writing of a Senior Honors Thesis. As a gesture to encourage following concentrators to engage in this endeavor, he established an endowment to provide a prize to be awarded annually to that student whose thesis has been judged 'Best Written' as determined through discussion and vote by the faculty of this department. The decision for this prize is made by the faculty in the final meeting of the year when honors recommendations are discussed.

Points of procedure are as follows:

    • The Prize shall be awarded to the one student whose thesis has been voted "Best Senior Thesis."
    • Determination of "Best Senior Thesis" will be based primarily upon the combined numerical score of the grades submitted by all readers. The department faculty will discuss each thesis considered eligible. Where two or more theses vie for consideration, owing to close combined grade scores, discussion in the department meeting to vote senior honors will determine whether agreement on a sole "best thesis" may be immediately reached, or whether the viable theses should be read by a committee charged to make a final recommendation. This committee would be comprised of the Curriculum Committee of the department, or other members, as decided in the honors meeting. However determined, the proposal for award of the Abramson Prize will be voted by the full complement of department faculty.
    • All students writing a thesis for this department will be eligible for consideration; due consideration will be made to those students who are joint concentrators and whose thesis has been written in accordance with the methodological style of two concentrations.
    • The award shall be made for $500.00 to any student whether a U.S. or Foreign national; thus, disbursement will be directed to be $500.00 for a U.S. citizen, or $500.00 plus taxes for a foreign national, so that the final award will be the intended $500.00 without penalty for tax status.

James R. and Isabel D. Hammond Prize
Awarded by the Committee on Latin American and Iberian Studies for the best undergraduate thesis on a subject dealing with the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. May deadline.

Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize
Awarded by the Prize Office, University Hall for an outstanding senior thesis from any department on a topic relating to Afro-American life, history or culture. May deadline.

Bowdoin Prize
Awarded for essays of high literary merit in any field of learning. Essays that form parts of theses may be offered in competition, but must be limited to not more than 7,500 words. March deadline.

Hoopes Prize
Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for Excellence in the Work of the Undergraduates and the Art of Teaching. The Hoopes prize may be awarded to authors of theses of exceptional quality. Nomination is by the thesis adviser, and each faculty member is sent nomination materials during the spring term by the Hoopes Committee. May deadline.

The Hoopes Prize honors excellence in the work of undergraduates and faculty teaching, in all academic areas. Substance, originality, and the ability to communicate the project's information are especially noted.

It is generously supported by the gift of Thomas Temple Hoopes '19. Student winners are awarded $2,500. Faculty nominators receive a taxable stipend of $750. The Faculty Committee ordinarily awards approximately 40 Hoopes Prizes each year.

Any person teaching or supervising undergraduate work done for credit in Harvard College may nominate one student project for which s/he has served as supervisor. Films, tapes, exhibits and performances as well as written work are eligible for Hoopes Prizes. In the case of an exhibit of limited duration or a performance, the nominator should inform the Hoopes Prize Committee of the date(s) on which the work may be seen. The nominator may also present a film or tape of a student exhibit or performance for the Committee's review.

Projects must have a faculty sponsor. Undergraduates may not submit nominations on their own.

Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Fellowship
The program awards three fellowships annually to "students in the visual and History of Art and Architecture, including art history, conservation, studio art, and photography". Eligible students must have received an undergraduate degree no more than three years prior to the start of the fellowship year from any of the institutions: Brandeis, Boston University, City College of New York, Columbia, Connecticut College, Galludet, Harvard, Rochester Institute of Technology, Wesleyan, or Yale. The fellowships of $12,000 each are intended to provide support for living expenses and travel outside the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Students must therefore present in their application a reasoning of the specific necessity for their travel abroad to complete their proposed project; i.e., scholarship and/or artistic pursuit must involve specific materials or locations abroad.

Regarding the proposal, the Fellowship Coordinator at Brandeis, Dr. John Hose, explained that the selection committee would be looking for the following:

    • 4-6 pages for proposal.
    • Sound, well-considered, well-argued, well-written meritorious proposal.
    • Sound, well-investigated and documented budget.
    • Evidence of language preparation if applicable.
    • Evidence of solid preparation and background directly relating to proposed scholarship or project.
    • Discussion of how the endowed scholarship will lead to, and significantly contribute to further involvement in like area.
    • If a visual proposal, attention to polished presentation of slides.

Harvard undergraduates and recent alumni may get application materials for the fellowship from the Tutorial Office, Department of History of Art and Architecture. All application materials must be returned to that office, marked to the attention of the Senior Honors Adviser, by the deadline date of January 31.

The Senior Thesis Adviser will vet applications and produce a rank list based on suitability of proposal and preparedness of the applicant. It was explained that each institution has its own process of reviewing applications and passing them to Brandeis; all that is required is a letter from the Chair of the administering department affirming that the proposals attached have been reviewed by this process, and therefore have the blessings of the Chair. The Fellowships Administrators at OCS are no longer involved in this process, and will refer students directly to the Senior Honors Adviser in History of Art and Architecture.

This rank list, in the form of a letter bearing the signatures of the Senior Thesis Adviser and the Department Chair, and application materials will be forwarded to the Administrative Coordinator for the fellowships at Brandeis, Dr. John R. Hose, Associate Vice President for University Affairs, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02254-9110.

The remaining aspects of the fellowship competition are scheduled as follows:

April 7-18: Meeting of the selection committee.

May 1-13: Second meeting of the committee, if needed.

May 19: Approximate date for written notification to finalists of fellowship award.