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 research over the summer for their qualifying paper, thesis, or dissertation research. It is explicitly not a travel grant. Fellows receive:

  • Stipend of $5000
  • Designated study space in Tisch Library
  • Ongoing consultation with a research librarian

The stipend will be issued as one payment at the start of the summer semester.

Fellows will present their research as part of a panel discussion in fall 2024.


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

  • You are a graduate student in the arts or humanities performing summer research for your qualifying paper, 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 graduate student as of June 1 of the fellowship year and in good academic standing as defined by the rules of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Four students will be selected to receive fellowships. Two fellowships will go to master's students, and two will go to doctoral students.

Application Timeline

February 5, 2024 - Applications open

March 15, 2024 - Applications due

End of April 2024 - Fellows are notified 

Nomination Process

Departments submit nominations on behalf of the student, 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:

  • Nomination form from the Director of Graduate Studies attesting to the nominee’s eligibility and uploading all supporting documents (Form will be available on February 5, 2024)
  • Statement of purpose (1500–2000 words) from the student speaking to how their proposed research project meets the fellowship’s selection criteria
  • Letter of recommendation from the faculty member advising the student's qualifying paper, thesis, or dissertation, speaking to how the student’s proposed research project meets the fellowship’s selection criteria

Selection Criteria

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

  • Clarity, completeness, and feasibility of the research plan for the duration of the fellowship
  • Use of library resources that are creative, or original, or unusual in depth or breadth
    • Library resources include collections, services, and/or consultations

Selection Committee

The selection committee includes Tisch Library staff in coordination with the Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) and the Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio).

Contact Micah Saxton for more information about the Graduate Fellowship.