how to apply for a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
How To Apply For A John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation

How To Apply For A John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation

DATE: 05-01-2010
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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
90 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
By Telephone

Phone: 212.687.4470
Fax: 212.697.3248

The Fellowship

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions.

For the 2009 United States and Canadian competition: The deadline for the 2009 competition has passed, and applications for this competition are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2010 competition will become available in June 2009.

For the 2009 Latin America and Caribbean competition: The deadline for the 2009 competition has passed, and applications for this competition are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2010 competition will become available in June 2009.

The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded each year.

During the rigorous selection process, applicants will first be pooled with others working in the same field, and examined by experts in that field: the work of artists will be reviewed by artists, that of scientists by scientists, that of historians by historians, and so on. The Foundation has a network of several hundred advisers, who either meet at the Foundation offices to look at applicants' work, or receive application materials to read offsite. These advisers, all of whom are themselves former Guggenheim Fellows, then submit reports critiquing and ranking the applications in their respective fields. Their recommendations are then forwarded to and weighed by a Committee of Selection, which then determines the number of awards to be made in each area. Occasionally, no application in a given area is considered strong enough to merit a Fellowship.

The Committee of Selection then forwards its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval. The successful candidates in the United States and Canada competition are announced in early April; those in the Latin America and Caribbean competition, in early June.

We guarantee our advisors and Committee of Selection members, as well as those who submit letters of reference, absolute confidentiality. Therefore, under no circumstances will the reasons for the rejection of an application be provided.


How to Apply

An application consists of the completed application form of two pages, together with three separate supplementary statements. The supplementary statements must be typed in a legible font. The application may be typed or filled out by hand (please print clearly; do not use cursive).

For the title of your project, supply only a short phrase describing the work for which you are requesting funding. The following are examples from previous applications:

* Installation art
* Music composition: an electroacoustic work
* Film: two months upriver
* English literature: English revenge drama—money, resistance, equality
* Role of ion channels in stem cell proliferation and differentiation
* The econometrics of jumps and volatility
* Photography: coalfield Appalachia

We request that you list an additional contact. If we are trying to reach you but are unable to do so through the contact information you provided for yourself, having the name and contact information for another person who can reach you could be very helpful.

The three required supplementary statements are as follows:

1. A brief narrative account of your career, describing your previous accomplishments. This account should include mention of prizes, honors, and significant grants or fellowships that you have held or now hold, showing the grantor and the inclusive dates of each award.
2. A list of:
* Publications, if you are a scholar, scientist, or writer. Give exact titles, names of publishers, and dates and places of publication. If titles of journals are abbreviated, please provide an explanation of the abbreviations. Playwrights should also include a list of productions.
* Exhibitions, if you are an artist. Include a chronological list of shows, citing dates and places, and a list of collections in which your work is represented. Forthcoming shows should also be mentioned.
* Performances, if you are a choreographer. Include locations and dates.
* Compositions, if you are a composer. Include a chronological list of your compositions, citing titles and dates; a list of your published compositions, citing the names of publishers and the dates of publication; and a list of recordings. First public performances should also be listed, giving names of performers and dates.
* Films or Videotapes, if you are a film or video maker. Include a chronological list of your works, citing titles and dates of completion, and dates and places of major public showings of each.
3. A statement of plans for the period for which the Fellowship is requested. Applicants in science or scholarship should provide a detailed, but concise, plan of research, not exceeding three pages in length. Applicants in the arts should submit a brief statement of plans in general terms, not exceeding three pages in length. It is very important that you present a clearly focused project to be considered for Fellowship support. Our advisors will be unable to evaluate the merits of a project whose focus is too broad, or an application proposing too many different projects simultaneously.

Only your statement of plans along with our request for their evaluation of the merits of your plan and your ability to complete it will be sent to the people you’ve listed as references. They will not have access to the rest of your application. Therefore, your statement of plans must be self-contained; that is, it must be able to stand on its own without reference to any other materials you may have submitted to the Foundation, and it must provide sufficient information for your references to be able to evaluate your project.

You may single or double space the text of your narrative and statement of plans, and use the font size of your choice. However, it is imperative that your submissions be easy to read.

Do not add to these supplementary statements any title pages, attachments, or appendixes. Your name should appear on every sheet you submit. Type only on one side of each sheet.

These three supplementary statements should be submitted as a set, assembled in the order listed above and stapled together in the upper left hand corner.

Fill out three labels with your own name and preferred address and enclose them with your application.
When to Obtain an Application Form

The deadline for the 2009 U.S. and Canadian Fellowship competition has passed. Application forms for the 2010 competition will become available in June 2009.
Application Resources

Applications and accompanying documents from citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada should be postmarked no later than September 15. As soon as possible after the application deadline, the Foundation will send requests to each of an applicant's listed references for an appraisal of the applicant and his or her proposed project.
How to Apply

BY MAIL--A request for an application form may be made by postal mail (John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 90 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016) or by email (fellowships@jsgmf.org). In either case, the request must include the applicant's postal mailing address.

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