Guggenheim Fellowships - 2025

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

The Foundation offers Fellowships to support the ongoing 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.

JS Guggenheim Foundation

This pre-call framework is based on previous Guggenheim Fellowship competitions, and is therefore subject to change as new information is provided by the Foundation.

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Guggenheim Fellowships are grants made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. The purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time to work with as much creative freedom as possible. No special conditions are attached to the grants and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any way necessary to their work. The value of each Fellowship varies, and approximately 175 are awarded each year.


The competition is open only to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada.

Application Process

Most applications are from individual applicants, however, joint applications are accepted. Joint applicants usually conceive of a project together and work equally on a project. If they are awarded the Fellowship, both are named Fellows and share one award.

A final application will consist of the:

  • A completed online application form (available in August 2024), including:
    • Personal information;
    • Names and contact information of 4 referees who are familiar with the applicant's work and career;
    • List of professional memberships;
    • Education;
    • Supporting documents in PDF format:
      • Career Narrative describing the applicant's accomplishments (3-4 pages)
      • List of Work, which should reflect publications if the applicant is a scientist or scholar, exhibitions if an artist, performances if a performer, etc.
      • Statement of Plans outlining the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, written in the first person (3 pages max.)
  • Samples of the Applicant's Work might be requested from individuals in the arts
  • Letters from expert referees are submitted directly to the foundation.


Further information on the upcoming round will soon be available at:

Application Guide - available in July 2024.

A list of Project Fields can be found here - available in July 2024.

Dedicated support and resources for Indigenous research and Equity Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization in research are provided through the Inclusive Research Excellence and Impact team. You can access tailored and curated resources through our webpages (EDID, Indigenous Resources, Knowledge Mobilization) and you can also complete a request for support form to request a consultation and additional assistance. If you are unsure if your application involves Indigenous research, it is recommended that you contact the team early for determination and support.


The application is completed and submitted electronically.

Access to the online form will be available in August 2024.


July 19, 2024 - Notice of Intent to Apply - email  if you wish to have Research Awards & Distinctions support and coordination of your application

Mid-September, 2024 - Final application submission.

Mid-November, 2024 - Anticipated deadline for submitting samples of your work.


Nominators and nominees are encouraged to contact Research Awards & Distinctions at regarding Western Research support and coordination of your application.