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Howard Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Mid-Career Artists, Writers, and Scholars
to Complete Projects Related to Painting and Literary Studies

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George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation

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Fellowships of $35,000 to USA mid-career artists, writers, and scholars to carry out independent projects in painting or literary studies. Fellowships are intended to provide these individuals with the time to complete their work and are frequently used to supplement sabbatical leave.

Fellowships are offered in a five-year sequence of fields. Successful candidates are given the option of postponing receipt of their fellowship, so as to make the Howard competition accessible to those whose personal plans do not line up exactly with the year in which awards are offered in their fields.

The Howard Foundation offers fellowships in a five-year rotation of fields, as described below for the next five years. While the Foundation plans to follow this sequence of fields, additional changes may from time to time need to be made as warranted by the limited resources of the Foundation.

- 2019-2020: Painting and Literary Studies
- 2020-2021: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, and Theater Studies
- 2021-2022: Creative Nonfiction and HIstory
- 2022-2023: Photography and Film Studies
- 2024-2025: Music Performance and Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Literary Studies:

The Foundation will consider proposals from scholars examining and interpreting literary works from a critical point of view in any genre, place, language, time period, or format (manuscript, print, digital), including philological, historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives. These fellowships do not support creative work (see upcoming fellowship opportunities in Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting and in Creative Nonfiction), or scholarship primarily focused on drama (see upcoming fellowship opportunity in Theater Studies). In accordance with the fellowship program's overall goal of supporting early mid-career artists and scholars, applicants should have a promising record of scholarly accomplishment that includes one major project. Note that the fellowship funds are intended mainly to support time for scholarly work.


The Foundation will consider proposals from visual artists working in any genre, style, and media that can be classified as painting. In accordance with the fellowship program's overall goal of supporting early mid-career artists and scholars, applicants should have a record of exhibitions and demonstrate a promising program of creative development using painting as a mode of creative expression and experimentation. Note that fellowship funds are intended mainly to support time for creative work.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162919

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Funds become available July 1st of the year of award and may be taken any time within four years of that day.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to apply for a Howard Fellowship, candidates should be able to answer "yes" to each of the following questions. If "no" is the correct answer to any of them, they are asked to explain on the application form what special circumstances might make them eligible anyway, given the requirements for a Howard Fellowship.

Can your current professional status appropriately be viewed as “early mid-career” as understood by the Howard Foundation?
Appropriate candidates for a Howard Fellowship should have completed their formal studies within the past five to fifteen years and should also have successfully completed at least one major project beyond degree requirements that would be sufficient for the awarding of tenure at a research institution or for achieving comparable peer recognition, e.g., through publication or exhibition. Candidates who are already nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields as reflected by their promotion to full professor or by comparable recognition in their fields of endeavor are not normally eligible for a Howard Fellowship.

Would a Howard Fellowship provide you with time off from other responsibilities to work on your proposed project?
Fellowship support is particularly intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. In the case of independent artists or scholars, or those without paid leaves, the Foundation would expect that a Howard Fellowship would enable them to devote a substantial block of time to the proposed project.

Are you, regardless of your citizenship, currently living and working in the United States?

Does your proposed project fall within one of the fields established for this year's round of applications?
Given the limits of Foundation resources, the Foundation must adhere strictly to the fields announced each year for project proposals.

Note that the Fellowships do not underwrite publication, advertising, or promotional costs; nor do they underwrite costs of equipment, exhibitions, or publication.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period for the 2019-2020 fellowships in Painting and Literary Studies will begin on July 1, 2018.

Deadline is November 1, 2018.

Recommenders must submit their letters by November 15, 2018.

Fellowship recipients will be announced in April, 2019.


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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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George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation
Brown University
Box 1857
Providence, RI 02912

P: 401-863-2429
F: 401-863-1339

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