Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship

Eligibility and Evaluation

To be eligible for the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, an individual must have received an undergraduate degree, no more than three years prior to the start of the fellowship year, from any one of the following institutions:

  • Brandeis University

  • Boston University

  • The City College of New York/CUNY

  • Columbia University

  • Connecticut College

  • Gallaudet University

  • Harvard University

  • Rochester Institute of Technology/NTID

  • Wesleyan University

  • Yale University

Graduating seniors are eligible to apply, but must receive their undergraduate degree prior to the start of the fellowship year on July 1.

The fellowship supports independent travel and study. Recipients may not be enrolled in graduate school during the fellowship year.

The fellowship year runs from July 1 to the following June 30. Preference for the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship is given to recent graduates.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications for the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship will be judged and evaluated on a variety of criteria, including but not limited to:

  • The merit of the project and its proposed outcomes

  • The adequacy of the candidate’s preparation and foreign-language proficiency for the project

  • The necessity of travel abroad to meet the goals and objectives of the project

  • The relationship of the project to the candidate’s prior work, preparation and professional or creative goals

  • Awareness of resources such as libraries or archives that should be consulted in connection with the candidate’s project

  • The clarity of the project goals and the means by which they will be achieved

  • The appropriateness of one year as the time period within which to accomplish the project and its goals