Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s Emerging Scholar Award

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is seeking applications for the Emerging Scholar Award to recognize promising researchers in their final year of writing a doctoral dissertation examining a salient aspect of violence.

General Information

The Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences, or allied disciplines, that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. 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 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 only insofar as a strong case is made that these outcomes may serve, in turn, as causes of future violence.

Prize Information

  • The award is $25,000 for one year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants for an award must be Ph.D. candidates entering the dissertation stage of graduate study. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun or will at the beginning of the award period.
  • If analysis and writing are not far enough along for an applicant to be confident that the dissertation will be completed within the award year, an application should not be submitted.
  • In some disciplines, particularly experimental fields, research and writing can reasonably be expected to be completed within the same year, and in those cases, it is appropriate to apply.
  • Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at a college or university in any country.
For more information, visit Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
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