Graduate Fellowship in the Arts & Humanities

The Tisch Library Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities provides a source of funding for MA, MFA, and PhD students conducting thesis or dissertation research over the summer. Special consideration will be given to projects that make creative use of collections, services, and expertise at Tufts libraries. Fellows receive:

  • Stipend of $4000
  • Ongoing consultation with a research librarian
  • Designated study space in Tisch Library (not during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic)

The stipend will be paid in two installments: $3500 at the beginning of the summer semester, then $500 upon completion of a presentation in the early fall.


Could you be a fellow? Yes, if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a graduate student in the arts or humanities performing research for your thesis or dissertation. Specifically, graduate students nominated by the following departments are eligible:
    • Classical Studies
    • English
    • History
    • History of Art & Architecture
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts
    • Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
  • You are enrolled as a full-time student and in good academic standing as defined by the rules of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Three students will be selected to receive fellowships. One fellowship will go to a master's student, one will go to a doctoral student, and the third may go to either.

    Nomination Deadline

    The nomination deadline for Summer 2021 fellowships is Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

    Nomination Process

    Departments submit nominations on behalf of the student via the Tisch Library Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities Nomination Form, so applicants should be in touch with their graduate program directors in advance of the deadline. Graduate programs nominating candidates will submit the following information:

    • Student name and degree program
    • Nominator’s name and title
    • Departmental letter of nomination
    • Letter from the student's dissertation or thesis advisor evaluating the student's work done at Tufts and progress towards the completion of the degree
    • 3–4 page statement of purpose from the student explaining:
      • what the student proposes to do during the fellowship and what they have done since the dissertation or thesis proposal (including any changes in the project since the proposal was filed)
      • how the project will make use of Tisch Library collections, services, and expertise

    Selection Criteria

    The selection committee will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:

    • Clarity, completeness, and feasibility of the research plan
    • Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, services, and expertise

    Selection Committee

    The selection committee includes the Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), members of the CHAT Advisory Board, the Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio), and Tisch Library staff. The Director of CHAT Serves as chair.

    Contact Chelcie Juliet Rowell for more information about the Graduate Fellowship.