Sydney M. Williams Jr. Travelling Fund for Visual Art

Harvard-Related Travel and Vaccination

As of December 2021, Harvard’s COVID travel policy states that students who are fully vaccinated and boosted by January 31, 2022, are able to travel both domestically and internationally (providing they adhere to all host-country requirements and to Harvard’s student international travel policies). Unvaccinated students may petition the University to travel both internationally and domestically for in-person internships.

All students are eligible for remote programs.

Are you a visual artist? Do you have an original creative project that you want to develop by travelling outside of the United States this summer?

The Sydney M. Williams Jr. fund supports up to two students who make original works of visual art. Award recipients will use funds for travel outside the U.S. to support art projects.

Projects should be closely related to an ongoing or proposed creative projects - they can include visiting museums and monuments, and can be any type of experience or research project provided that it does not involve taking formal classes.

A faculty committee will be selecting awardees with an impressive portfolio of visual work.

Who Can Apply for Funding?

OCS can only fund students who are:

  1. Travelling outside the U.S.
  2. In good standing  
  3. Current Harvard College undergraduates, 1st-year through 1st semester senior during Spring 2022
  4. Enrolled full-time during Spring 2022
  5. Planning to enroll in Fall 2022 

How to Apply:

  1. Apply in CARAT to “Sydney Williams Jr Travelling Fellowships (SU22)” by March 3, 2022, 11:59pm ET with the following materials:
    1. One-page resume, PDF format (we recommend using OCS templates)
    2. Unofficial Transcript, PDF format (available under Grades tab, "View Unofficial Transcript" in my.harvard)
    3. Proof of Direct Deposit enrollment, PDF format. Submit a pdf screenshot from the "Student Accounts" section from my.harvard that shows you are enrolled in direct deposit (Download sample screenshot)
    4. Description of your proposed creative visual arts project (400 words or less)
    5. Link to samples of your creative work


Details: The project may vary in length from 3-10 weeks. Funding will be based on location and length of the project.

Questions: Email the OCS Summer Funding Office at

This application process is coordinated by the Office of Career Services in collaboration with the Office for the Arts, the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, and Harvard University Art Museums under the aegis of its Curator of Contemporary Art.