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United States and Canada 2020 Competition

Fellowships to USA and Canada Scholars, Writers, Artists,
and Scientists to Advance Work in their Respective Fields

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

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Fellowships to USA and Canada individual scholars, writers, artists, and scientists in advanced stages of their career to support work in various fields. Funding is intended for professionals with a significant record of publication, exhibition, or performance who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

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:

Advanced professionals may apply. 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.

- 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.
- 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.
- 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 writers that have mainly published in periodicals, or on websites, it might be premature to apply at this stage of their career, given the rigorous nature of the competition.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline will be Monday, September 16, 2019.

- September 16, 2019: Deadline to submit applications for the 2020 competition.
- Mid-November 2019: References contacted for recommendations.
- November 13, 2019: Work example submission deadline.
- April 2020: Notification of competition results sent to all applicants via email.
- April-June 2020: Return of work examples to applicants.

Applicants are requested to focus the application on one project only.

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

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Phone: 212.687.4470
Fax: 212.697.3248

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Geographic Focus:

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

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon