John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Deadline: September 15 (receipt)

Submission Method: Mail

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Donald Harper, East Asian (08/09); Victor Friedman, Slavic (08/09); Rachel Fulton, History (08/09); David W. Galenson, Economics (08/09); Shadi Bartsch, Classics (07/08); Catherine Anne Brekus, Divinity School (07/08); Fred Donner, NELC (07/08); Bernard Wasserstein, Jewish History (07/08); Martha feldman, Music (06/07); Norbert F. Scherer, Chemistry (06/07); Woowon Kang, Physics (05/06); John Lucy, Psychology (05/06); Trevor Price, Biology (05/06); Carles Boix, Political Science (04/05); Mark Lilla, Social Thought (04/05); Robert J. Richards, History of Science (04/05)

Competition Level: 180 fellowships were awarded for 2009/10; almost 3,000 applications were received

Eligibility: Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada; citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean may apply at a separate deadline; previous Guggenheim fellows may not apply again

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.

It provides support for research leave for midcareer scholars in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. In 2008, it awarded 190 fellowships at an average amount of $43,200. (2009 information is not available.)

The Foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. By this token, it provides fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

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