Prizes and Grants

History of Art & Architecture Prizes

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.
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.
Harvard College Prizes
These prizes are described in greater detail (and their deadlines are provided) on the FAS Prize Office web site.
Below is a selection of prizes and grants. Other prizes listed there may also be relevant to History of Art & Architecture students.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
The Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize at Harvard offers three $5,000 awards to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students per academic year for essays that explore the relationship between visual art and justice as it pertains to racial equity. The prize, which honors the legacy of photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, serves to acknowledge the importance of visual literacy and the nexus of race and citizenship, particularly in the United States.
Both undergraduate and graduate student essays are eligible for consideration. The award is not restricted to students from any specific concentration or department. For the 2018-19 academic year, awards will go to two undergraduate students and one graduate student.
Harvard College Grants
Interested students should investigate the following sources of research support:
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 the Department of History of Art and Architecture.
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.
Ford Grant Program
May support directed research during the summer (work may not be for academic credit). Administered by the Student Employment Office.
Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Summer Thesis Research Grants
May support summer thesis research by women undergraduates. Administered by the Student Employment Office.
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.
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.
Russian Research Center Summer Grants
For summer thesis research in Soviet or Russian Studies. Administered by the Russian Research Center.
Center For Middle Eastern Studies Grants
For summer thesis research on Middle Eastern topics. Administered by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
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 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. Fellowship information is available on the Brandeis University website.
General Resources
URAF Fellowships: The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships administers more than 30 fellowship competitions annually, for both prestigious national fellowships and scholarships as well as Harvard fellowships, which are open to Harvard College undergraduates. 
CARAT Database for Grants and Fellowships: CARAT is an electronic tool for both Harvard students and external applicants to submit research, public service, study abroad, and purposeful travel application or funding requests for such opportunities among over fifty different university funding sources.