The Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship provides support to students in the visual and fine arts, including art history, conservation, studio art and photography, for travel and living expenses outside the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii in accordance with a program of study or other activities approved by the fellowship selection committee.

The $19,000 fellowships are funded by income from the Mortimer and Sara Hays Endowment at Brandeis University.

Fellowships were not awarded for the 2020-21 academic year, in accordance with current Brandeis policy on sponsored travel. Application deadlines for 2021-22 will be posted as soon as possible. 

2019-2020 Recipients

Kaitlin Chan ’17

Wesleyan University

Creation of a graphic novel about a queer woman’s coming of age in Taipei, Taiwan, through research of Taipei’s queer liberation movement and additional travel to South Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

Sarah McCarty ’16

Brandeis University

Research on supremacy ideology in Germany and the creation of a collection of video works, writing, and social gatherings to be shared in Berlin and other German locations.

Brian Orozco ’18

Yale University

Creation of a body of fine art photographs of and with the families of Mexican migrants in Mexico City, Hidalgo, Guanajuato, and Oaxaca; and the creation of a digital archive of these families’ snapshots.