About the grant
Since the inception of the Institute for Anarchist Studies in 1996, the grant program has been a central project. By awarding grants to radical writers and translators around the world — many of whom work without the support of academic institutions, and are connected in important ways to the movements about which and for which they write — the IAS has tried to support the development of the theoretical tools necessary for critiquing the systems of domination in which we are enmeshed as well as proliferating resistances and alternatives to these systems in order to maximize freedom, justice, and dignity.
The IAS usually grants $2,000 annually to writers and translators treating themes of significance to the development of contemporary anarchist theory and practice. Approximately two to four projects are awarded between $250 and $1,000 in our yearly funding round. Applications for are due on January 15, 2017, by midnight EST; late applications will not be accepted for that round. The IAS also provides editorial assistance to the grant recipients, who generally commit to completing their projects in the six months following their award. Moreover, the IAS publishes many of the finished essays in its print and/or online journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, or in some cases, as part of its Anarchist Interventions book series, among other publishing projects.
Our next deadline is: January 15, 2017, by midnight EST.
The IAS encourages theoretical work that develops an antiauthoritarian critique of dominant social structures, and the exclusion and marginalization they yield. In addition, the IAS supports scholarship that nurtures the ideal of a democratic, cooperative, and ecological society, and aids in the creation of a politics to realize that vision. The IAS also funds historical works insofar as they help challenge the historical consciousness prevailing in our society and renew the exploration of suppressed possibilities of social development.
The IAS awards grants to writers and translators who embrace the broad antiauthoritarian and utopian views characteristic of the anarchist tradition (whether or not they describe themselves as anarchists), and whose work connects to the larger project of social transformation and the creation of a public intellectual culture. Clear financial need on the part of applicants is a key consideration, along with the grant applicant’s writing skills, ability to complete their essay, political and intellectual experiences, and publishing plans.
The IAS prioritizes work from people who are reflecting on struggles and organizing in which they participate. We welcome applications from people who do not think of themselves as writers and who are not rooted in university contexts. We especially encourage women, queer people, people of color, working-class people, people with disabilities, grassroots activists, and others often excluded from scholarly life to apply.
- What type of work does the IAS fund?
The IAS awards grants to essay writers and translators for projects involving the written word, primarily essay-length works. An essay-length work is considered to be approximately 20 to 50 pages (10,000 to 25,000 words), and may, for example, be either a stand-alone essay, the introduction or chapter to an edited volume, or a script for a play or video. Please note that we are no longer funding book-length projects, at least for the time being.
- How much funding is available?
The IAS usually awards an annual total of $4,000. Each grant award ranges from $250 to $1,000, and the IAS typically funds four to eight writers or translators per grant cycle.
- When are grant applications due?
We are in the process of updating our grant system. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back after November 1st, 2016 for an update
Grant applications are due on January 15, 2016, by midnight EST. The IAS is strict about this deadline. If your applications arrives after this date, it will not be considered in that grant round
- Can I apply for a grant if I’m not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. We fund writers and translators from around the world.
- Do I have to apply online?
We strongly encourage all applicants to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact us at anarchiststudies@about snail mailing 10 copies of your completed application. (People in prison or otherwise incarcerated can send the IAS 1 copy of their completed application.) Applications sent by mail must reach the IAS by or before the January 15 deadline.
- Is there an application fee?
No. But the IAS is funded solely by donations, though, so contributions are always appreciated.
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