About the Foundation
United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. 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 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.
The application is composed of eight sections:
- Personal information
- Supporting documents
Applicants can return to any part of their application to make changes, if necessary. When all the information has been provided, the applicant must submit the application by selecting the “Final Submit” button no later than the September 19 deadline.
The application must be for a single project. Applications that attempt to span too many disparate disciplines, or that include too many objectives, are less competitive than those that propose a balanced, focused goal.
Applicants may submit the names and addresses of no more than four references; courtesy and practicality suggest applicants should request permission from these individuals before listing them as references. Letters of recommendation will be solicited from references via email. Appropriate references are individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s professional work.
Submission of examples of work
After your application is received, you will receive an email confirmation. You may also receive a separate email with further instructions about when to submit examples of your work. Please do not send work examples until you receive these further instructions.
How to Apply
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation decided to suspend its Latin American and Caribbean competition for the year 2017 while we examine the workings and efficacy of the program. The U.S. and Canadian competition is unaffected by this suspension.
The application for the 2017 United States and Canada competition is now available.
Further details regarding the application process can be found in Application Resources, Submission Materials and the Guide to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Online Application.
- Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.
- Guggenheim Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of websites or blogs.
- Our awards are intended for individuals only; they are not available to organizations, institutions, or groups.
- Guggenheim Fellowships are not open to students (undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate).
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