Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Awards in USA 2021 (Win up to $45,000)

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation invites applications for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Awards in the USA 2021.

The Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and aligned disciplines that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. The highest priority is given to research that addresses urgent, present-day problems of violence—what produces it, how it operates, and what prevents or reduces it.

The Foundation is interested in violence related to many subjects, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • War

  • Crime

  • Terrorism

  • Family and intimate-partner relationships

  • Climate instability and natural resource competition

  • Racial, ethnic, and religious conflict

  • Political extremism and nationalism

The Foundation supports research that investigates the basic mechanisms in the production of violence, but primacy is given to proposals that make a compelling case for the relevance of potential findings for policies intended to reduce these ills. Likewise, historical research is considered to the extent that it is relevant to a current situation of violence. Examinations of the effects of violence are welcome insofar as a strong case is made that these outcomes may serve, in turn, as causes of future violence.

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Worth of Award

  • Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $45,000 per year for periods of one or two years.
  • Applications for larger amounts and longer durations will be considered but must be strongly justified.
  • The awards are made to individuals (or sometimes two or, rarely, three principal investigators) for specific projects, not general research support. They are not awarded to institutions for institutional programs. I
  • Note that individuals who receive research grants may be subject to taxation on the funds awarded.


In order to be eligible for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Awards,

  • applicants may be citizens of any country.
  • no formal degree requirements are needed for the award even though almost all recipients of these awards possess a Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or equivalent degree.
  • the award may not be used to support research undertaken as part of the requirements for a graduate degree.
  • applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although most are college or university professors.
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How to Apply

  • Candidates for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Award may apply online annually between May 1 and August 1.
  • Applicants must create an account to access the application and guidelines.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by August 1, for a decision in December.


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