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Fellowship Competition

Fellowships to USA and Canada Advanced Professionals
for Academic Research or Arts Projects

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/17/18 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships to USA and Canada individual scholars, artists, and scientists to undertake research and art projects in any field. Funding is intended for applicants who have demonstrated an advanced proficiency in scholarship or the arts. The application must be for a single project. Applications that attempt to span too many disparate disciplines, or that include too many objectives, are less competitive than those that propose a balanced, focused goal.

The Foundation understands advanced professionals to be those who as writers, scholars, or scientists have a significant record of publication, or as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work.

The Foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the Foundation will provide Fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150420

Number of Grants:

Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

Term of Contract:

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.

Awards are intended for individuals only; they are not available to organizations, institutions, or groups.

Guggenheim Fellowships are not open to students (undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate).

Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.

Guggenheim Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of websites or blogs.

The Foundation regrets that the awards are not available to support the writing of literature for children or young readers, or support any other type of work (e.g., films, plays, etc.) intended for young audiences.

Anthology, oral history, e-book, or textbook projects are not supported by the Foundation's awards.

Published writing not regarded as appropriate for this competition includes self-published works, publications for which the author has paid, and publications by publishers who do not engage in a process of critical review of submitted work. In addition, genre work (e.g., mysteries, romance, fantasy, etc.) is considered not competitive.

For all writers, if you have mainly published in periodicals, or on websites, it might be premature for you to apply here at this stage of your career, given the rigorous nature of the competition.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for the 2019 United States and Canada competition is 11:59 P.M. (EST), Monday, September 17, 2018.

2019 United States & Canada Competition Timeline:
- July 2018: 2019 United States & Canada Competition applications and information available online.
- September 17, 2018: Deadline to submit applications for the 2019 competition. After an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email confirmation, along with a PDF copy of the application. The applicant may also receive a separate email at a later date with further instructions about when to submit examples of work. Please do not send work examples until the Foundation sends these further instructions.
- Mid-November 2018: References contacted for recommendations.
- November 15, 2018: Work example submission deadline. The Foundation's email regarding submission of examples will include the applicant's username and password, which will allow the applicant to log in to the Foundation's competition website to complete the Work Example Registry System. Follow the directions on the registry page to supply the requested information regarding the work examples the applicant is submitting in support of the application. Note that work samples cannot be set or uploaded to the Foundation via this system. All physical items must be sent to the Foundation via postal mail or courier delivery.
- Mid-December 2018: If an applicant does not receive an acknowledgment of the receipt of the submitted work via email, please contact the Foundation.
- April 2019: Notification of competition results sent to all applicants via email.
- April-June 2019: Return of work examples to applicants. If applicants for the 2019 competition do not arrange for the return of their supporting materials by April 30, the Foundation may at its discretion dispose of those materials. The Foundation will not return any supporting material unless payment arrangements have been made, nor will it retain material once the competition is over.

Please note that if two applicants are applying jointly, each person must submit a separate application, indicating on each application that this is a joint application. The Foundation does not accept applications from more than two persons working together.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For any questions regarding joint applications, please contact the program officer at

For further information or assistance, please call the Foundation at 212-687-4470 or email

Work examples must be mailed to:
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
90 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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