The United States and Canadian Competition

The Fellowship competition was at first open only to citizens of either the United States or its possessions.  In keeping with the Guggenheims' intentions, as expressed in their First Letter of Gift, the awards were originally titled the "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study Abroad."  Beginning with the inaugural class of fifteen Fellows in 1926, all Fellows were required to spend their terms outside of the United States.  But eager to place as few restrictions as possible on the Fellows, the Foundation rescinded that requirement with the competition of 1941.

Canadians became eligible for the Guggenheim Fellowships in 1940, and the name of the competition changed to "United States and Canada." Residents of the Philippines were eligible from the establishment of the Foundation (for the Philippines were a U.S. territory at that time) until 1988, when the Philippine program was discontinued; applications from the Philippines were considered by the Committee of Selection for the United States and Canada through 1949, when that responsibility shifted to the Latin American Committee.

How to Apply

An application consists of the completed online form, together with three supporting documents submitted in PDF format. Follow the links below to apply online.
 

 

Latin American and Caribbean Competition


United States and Canadian Competition

Deadlines & Resources

Applications and accompanying documents from citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada should be submitted no later than September 19.  The Foundation will send requests to each of an applicant's listed references for an appraisal of the applicant and his or her proposed project.

More

Follow this link to view the 2015 United States and Canada Competition Timeline

Dr. Vivanco (in white clothes) and his colleagues taking above-ground plant biodiversity information to correlate it with below-ground microbial diversity in the Tambopata National Reserve, Peru. Submitted by Jorge Vivanco, 2007 Fellow, appointed to investigate tropical chemical ecology.  Photograph taken by Dr. Tiffany Weir, June 2008.