Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation: Grants for College Arts and Humanities

OVERVIEW: Guggenheim funds scholarly research in humanities, and social and natural sciences that examine "problems of violence, aggression, and dominance." Its interests are 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 specific degree requirements for grants. 

PROFILE: The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation supports humanities projects that “illuminate modern human problems.” It 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 its 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 their interests, explore the Past Research Grants page. Grantseekers may apply through the Guggenheim's research grant portal.

The foundation also supports dissertation fellowships. Fellowships offer $20,000 toward completion of the dissertation in the final year. Proposals that do not reflect significant progress toward completion of dissertations will not secure funding—this is because the fellowship does not support doctoral research, but rather degree completion. In other words, all research should have been completed. Applications must be received by February 1 and grantees are 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 grantees hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, and are academics or professors, the foundation does not require its grantees to possess a specific degree. 

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