Awards & Honors: Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

These grants are made freely, with no special conditions attached, so that Fellows may work from six-to-twelve months with as much creative freedom as possible. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Eight UGA faculty members have won Guggenheim Fellowships, including Jeffrey Bennetzen (Molecular and Cellular Biology), Andrew Paterson (Plant Sciences), Pej Rohani (Organismic Biology & Ecology), R. Keith Harris (Geography and Environmental Studies), and Stephen Scheer (Photography).

These fellowships are considered Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).

Deadline: September 19, 2017

Application Resources

  • The application is composed of eight sections:
    • Personal information
    • Addresses
    • References
    • Positions
    • Languages
    • Organizations
    • Education
    • Supporting documents
  • 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.
  • An applicant proposing a co-authored or co-created project must submit a joint application along with the other person; that is, each person must submit a separate application, indicating on each application that you are applying jointly.


  • 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.

Supporting Documents

Applicants must submit three supplementary statements in PDF format:

  1. A brief narrative account of your career, describing your previous accomplishments.
    • Please do not substitute a resume. This account should mention prizes, honors, and significant grants or fellowships that you have held or now hold, showing the grantor and the inclusive dates of each award.
  2. A list of work:
    • Publications, if you are a scholar, scientist, or writer. For books, please provide exact titles, names of publishers, and dates and places of publication. Playwrights should also include a list of productions. If you are a scholar or scientist, you may provide hyperlinks to your listed publications.
    • Exhibitions, if you are an artist. Include a chronological list of shows, citing dates and places, and a list of collections in which your work is represented. Forthcoming shows should also be mentioned. Work exhibited on websites and blogs alone does not constitute a sufficient record of accomplishment for our competition.
    • Performances, if you are a choreographer. Include locations and dates.
    • Compositions, if you are a composer. Include a chronological list of your compositions, citing titles and dates; a list of your published compositions, citing the names of publishers and the dates of publication; and a list of recordings. First public performances should also be listed, giving names of performers and dates.
    • Films or Videotapes, if you are a film or video maker. Include a chronological list of your works, citing titles and dates of completion, and dates and places of major public showings of each.
  3. A statement of plans for the period for which the Fellowship is requested.
    • Applicants in science or scholarship should provide a detailed, but concise, plan of research, not exceeding three pages in length. Please note that, although it is common for scientific proposals to be written in first-person plural, we ask that the statement of plans be written in first-person singular. In addition, it should be clear that the proposed project is indeed an individual initiative, and not a group-authored project. Group projects will not be considered.
    • Applicants in the arts should submit a brief statement of plans describing the proposed creative work in general terms, not exceeding three pages in length.
    • Financial considerations do not play a part in our evaluations, and applicants should not include a budget in the statement of plans. When candidates are selected as Fellows, they are then asked to submit budget information for their projects.
    • In making our inquiries on your behalf, we send each person you name as reference only a copy of your statement of plans; therefore, the statement of plans you submit must be self-contained.

How to Apply

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation – The Online Application

  • The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation decided to suspend its Latin American and Caribbean competition for the year 2018 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 2018 United States and Canada competition is now available. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application. Follow this link to access the application.
  • 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.

Important Notes

  • 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).
  • We regret that our awards are not available to support the writing of literature for children or young readers, or support any other type of work (e.g., films, plays, etc.) intended for young audiences.
  • Anthology, oral history, e-book, or textbook projects are not supported by our awards.
  • Published writing not regarded as appropriate for our competition includes self-published works, publications for which the author has paid, and publications by publishers who do not engage in a process of critical review of submitted work. In addition, genre work (e.g., mysteries, romance, fantasy, etc.) is considered not competitive.
  • For all writers, if you have mainly published in periodicals, or on websites, it might be premature for you to apply here at this stage of your career, given the rigorous nature of our competition.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to withdraw from consideration any application deemed not appropriate for our competition.

Recommendation Letters

  • The application provides a section for references. We ask applicants to list the names and addresses of four persons who are familiar with your work and to whom the Foundation may write for judgment concerning your abilities, especially in relation to your proposal. All statements by references to the Foundation are held in the strictest confidence and will not be provided to the applicant.
  • Those who are familiar with your recent work and can comment on the course of your career as a whole will make the best references. Individuals who have a business or financial interest in your work — such as dealers, agents, and editors – would not be the most impartial references to provide, and would not be considered especially useful.
  • Please request the permission of each person whom you list as a reference before so listing them. Although requests for evaluations will be sent to the four persons you list, they are not obligated to reply. The Foundation cannot inform you whether the people you list actually submit their evaluations; those whose permission has been sought in advance by the applicant are most likely to respond. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of a reference’s email or mailing address.
  • The Foundation does not bring forward letters of reference from previous years. (But applicants may, if they wish, name the same references they have named before, and those references may of course choose to send us the same letters they sent before.)
  • If you have been asked to submit a reference letter for an applicant or applicants, then follow this link.


For questions or more information, view the Fellowship FAQ or contact the Guggenheim Foundation at 212-687-4470.

If you would like assistance with assembling an application for this award, please contact Lauren Sisko in the Office of Research at