Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation: Grants for College Arts and Humanities

OVERVIEW: Guggenheim funds humanities, social and natural sciences scholarly research that examines "problems of violence, aggression, and dominance." It's research priorities are fairly diverse.

IP TAKE: This funder is approachable. It funds both established scholars and graduate students working on dissertations. It does not fund organizations, institutes, or "pure interventions." Grantseekers should expect extensive competition. Applicants from any country are welcome to apply. While almost all grantees possess a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, there are no formal degree requirements for the grant. 

PROFILE: The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation supports humanities projects that “illuminate modern human problems” and prioritizes scholarly research that examines "problems of violence, aggression, and dominance." Guggenheim’s research priority areas include youth, family, media, crime, biology, war and peace, terrorism, and religion, ethnicity, and nationalism.

Guggenheim welcomes proposals from both established and junior researchers who work in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to apply to it's Research Grant program. The program offers grants between $15,000 and $40,000 for a period of one to two years to individual researchers who work within the foundation’s areas of interest. Guggenheim only supports individual research rather than programs or organizational research. To get a broader sense of the type of work Guggenheim supports, explore its Past Research Grants page. Grantseekers may apply through the Guggenheim's research grant portal.

The foundation also supports dissertation fellowships. Fellowships offer $20,000 towards completion of the dissertation in the final year. Proposals that do not reflect significant progress towards completion of the dissertation will not secure funding. This is because the fellowship does not support doctoral research, but degree completion. In other words, all research has been completed. Applications must be received by February 1st and grantees will be notified in June. Grantseekers should study the Guggenheim's extensive guidelines closely and may submit applications online

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year. New applications must be submitted by August 1 to be considered for a grant decision in December. Grantseekers who are citizens of any country in the world are eligible to apply. While most of its grantees hold a Ph.D, MD, or equivalent degree, the foundation does not require its grantees to possess a formal degree; however, most grantees are academics or professors. 


  • Josiah Bunting, President
  • Karen Colvard, Program Director
  • Joel Wallman, Program Officer