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Creative Artists Scholarship by Radcliff Fellowship

Harvard University is awarding the Harvard University Academy Program to International students who wish to pursue a PhD at the university.

About The Scholarship:
Each year, four to six Academy Scholars are named for two-year in-residence, postdoctoral fellowship appointments at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 

They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas. The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

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About Radcliff Fellowship

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our... read more


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Requirements for Radcliff Fellowship Creative Artists Qualification

Applicants need not have a PhD or an MFA to apply; however, they must meet the following discipline-specific eligibility requirements: 

  1. Film and Video: Applicants in this discipline must have a body of independent work of significant achievement. Such work will typically have been exhibited in galleries or museums, shown in film or video festivals, or broadcast on television. 
  2. Visual Arts: Applicants in this discipline must show strong evidence of achievement, with a record of at least five years of work as a professional artist, including participation in several curated group shows and at least two professional solo exhibitions.
  3. Fiction and Nonfiction: Applicants in these disciplines must have one of the following: 
    a) one or more published books;
    b) a contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript; or
    c) at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published.
  4. Poetry: Applicants in this discipline must have had published at least 20 poems in the last five years or published a book of poetry, and must be in the process of completing a manuscript.
  5. Journalism: Applicants in this discipline are required to have worked professionally as a journalist for at least five years.
  6. Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.
  7. Music Composition: It is desirable, but not required, for applicants in music composition to have a PhD or DMA. Most importantly, the applicant must show strong evidence of achievement as a professional artist, with a record of recent performances. 
  8. Performing Arts—Dance, Music Performance, Theater Performance: Although Radcliffe occasionally invites applications from selected performing artists, we do not accept performing arts applications through the general application process. 
    Individuals who are in doctoral or master’s programs at the time of application submission are ineligible to apply, unless the dissertation has been accepted and degree is forthcoming. 
    Former Radcliffe fellows (1999-present) are ineligible to apply.

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Documents Required for Application

  1. Completed application form
  2. Short curriculum vitae
  3. Project proposal
  4. Work sample
  5. Three letters of recommendation


Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Radcliff Fellowship on radcliffe.onlineapplicationportal.com to apply

All application materials must be submitted online.

  1. Determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for your selected discipline.
  2. Make note of the application deadline above.
  3. Begin an application by clicking on the tab above and registering as a new user.
  4. Reach out to recommenders well in advance of the deadline. You will be asked to provide the contact information for three references, who will be prompted, via email, to upload a letter in support of your application.
  5. Consult evaluation criteria below and review the detailed application material guidelines in our FAQs
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