The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation is an independent foundation administered at Brown University. It awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, who have completed at least one major project and demonstrate potential to be future leaders in their fields. (Please consult Eligibility requirements for further information.) Artists and scholars supported by the Howard Foundation are expected to devote a substantial portion of time during the fellowship year to advancing new work. It is an unrestricted, non-residency fellowship for the sole purpose of aiding the intellectual and artistic development of the recipients. Fellowship funds may be used in combination with sabbatical leaves or other sources of support, but this is not a requirement.
The Howard Foundation was officially established in 1952 and offered its first fellowships in 1954.
Since 1954, 489 Howard Fellowships have been awarded totaling over 10 million in grant funding to those in the arts and critical disciplines.
A total of nine fellowships of $35,000 will be awarded in April 2022 for 2022-2023 in the fields of: Photography and Film Studies
Applications can be submitted beginning 7/1/2021 through 11/1/2022
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? Normatively candidates for a Howard Fellowship will have completed their formal studies within the past five to fifteen years of the application date and should also have successfully completed at least one major project beyond degree requirements that would be sufficient for the awarding of tenure at higher education institutions or for achieving comparable peer recognition in creative practice fields, e.g., through publication or exhibition. Creative practitioners are not required to hold academic appointments. Candidates who are already nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields as reflected by their promotion to full professor or by comparable standing in creative fields 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? Our support is particularly intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. In the case of independent artists or scholars, or those without paid leaves, we would expect that a Howard Fellowship would enable them to devote a substantial block of time to the proposed project. Howard Foundation Fellowships are unrestricted awards for the sole purpose of aiding the intellectual and artistic development of the recipients. The Howard Foundation has no funds to pay indirect costs, so any decision about payment of benefits on the stipend would be a matter for you to resolve with the appropriate officials at your institution.
Are you, regardless of your citizenship, currently living and working in the United States or U.S. Territories?
Does your proposed project fall within one of the fields established for this year's round of applications? Given the limits of our resources, we must adhere strictly to the fields announced each year for project proposals.
Howard Foundation Fellowships are awarded through a multi-stage review process that begins with successive rounds of screening by expert panels assembled for each year's fields. Proposals advance through the process based on the collective determination of panelists. To ensure candid assessment, the identities of reviewers are not public. The proposals that panelists collectively judge to be the strongest under the Foundation's award criteria are forwarded to the Foundation's multi-disciplinary Board of Administration, which makes the final selection.
Partial or incomplete applications will not be considered. This includes receipt of the mandatory two letters of recommendation by the stated deadline.
The Howard Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in selecting the artists and scholars it supports. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of an applicants' gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability/disability or any other legally protected status, and it welcomes creative and scholarly work reflecting a full array of lived experiences.
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