Guidelines for Submitting Applications for Dissertation
The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and
social sciences and the humanities that promise to
increase understanding of
the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance.
priority is given to research that can increase understanding and
amelioration of urgent problems of violence,
aggression, and dominance in the
In addition to our program of support for postdoctoral
research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded
each year to
individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award
year. These fellowships of
$10,000 each are designed to contribute to the
support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete
in a timely manner, and it is only appropriate to apply for support for the
final year of Ph.D. work.
Applications are evaluated in comparison with each
other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research
Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or
universities in any country.
Particular questions that interest the foundation concern
violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social
socialization of children, intergroup conflict, interstate warfare, crime,
family relationships, and
investigations of the control of aggression and
violence. Research with no useful relevance to understanding and
to cope with problems of human violence and aggression will not be supported,
nor will proposals to
investigate urgent social problems where the foundation
cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done.
Priority will also
be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support
Applications for dissertation fellowships must be received by
February 1 for a decision in June. Applications are
reviewed during the
spring term and final decisions are made by the Board of Directors at its
meeting in June.
Applicants will be informed promptly by letter of the
Board's decision. Awards ordinarily commence on September
1, but other
starting dates (after July 1) may be requested if the nature of the project
makes this appropriate.
A recipient of a dissertation fellowship may be liable for
income taxes on funds awarded, depending on whether the
funds are used to pay
tuition and certain other related expenses, the amount of the recipient's other
income, the law
of the recipient's domicile, and other factors. The
foundation will not provide advice on tax matters. Applicants
their own tax advisors to determine the tax consequences to them of receiving a
A final report to the foundation is mandatory. Recipients of
dissertation fellowships must submit a copy of the
dissertation, approved and
accepted by the home university or college, within six months after the end of
year. Any papers, books, articles, or other publications based on
the research should also be sent to the foundation.
Submit FOUR copies of a typewritten application in English to
the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 527
Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y.
10022-4304. The deadline for receipt by the foundation is February 1
year, for support to begin September 1 of that calendar year. Late or
incomplete applications will not be processed.
Applications may not be
submitted by fax. Attend to the following items, including them in each of the
A. Title Page
Complete the attached form. It may be copied or imitated on a
computer. The form must be signed by the student
and by the dissertation
Enter an abstract on the attached form describing the
dissertation research in plain English and a statement
relevance to human dominance, aggression, or violence. Do not exceed the space
abstract and statement of relevance should be self-contained
and sufficient to serve as a succinct and accurate
description of the
application. The name of the applicant should appear on the upper right corner
of the abstract and
on all succeeding pages.
C. Advisor's Letter
Include a letter from the dissertation advisor evaluating the
significance of the research and affirming that all
requirements for the
Ph.D. except the dissertation will have been satisfactorily completed at the
the award and that preparation for the dissertation is such
that it will be completed within the academic year for
which the dissertation
fellowship is requested. If this is not true, the advisor is doing the applicant
no favor by saying
so nevertheless. It would be better to encourage the
advisee to wait until the appropriate time to apply. As with all
parts of the
application, four copies are needed. Should the advisor prefer to preserve
confidentiality, four copies of
this letter may be sent in a sealed envelope
but must be submitted with the application. Please also attach copies of
advisor's c.v. (abbreviated to two pages if possible).
D. Applicant's Background
Include applicant's curriculum vitae and a list of any
relevant publications. One copy of a transcript detailing the
career in graduate school should be sent by the school directly to the
foundation. If your Ph.D. program
does not involve graded coursework, please
include an explanation of your university's requirements. You must
transcript from the registrar's office early enough so that it will reach us by
the application deadline.
E. Research Plan
Applications that arrive without four copies of a research
plan cannot be evaluated. Although in most cases you will
completed your research, you must describe guiding theories, methods, study
populations, etc. Here is
where you tell us how your work fits into the body
of knowledge of your field and what you will contribute to the
field. This is
your chance to convince us that your project is worth funding. Be concise, but
give sufficient detail for a
proper evaluation. Supplementary supporting
material is not necessary but may be submitted. However, the
cannot be responsible for the return of such material.
F. Protection of Subjects
If your subjects are living humans, or people with living
relatives or associates whose lives may be affected by your
research, tell us
what you have done to protect their safety or privacy. If your subjects are
non-human animals, we
want to be sure that you have avoided all unnecessary
discomfort or harm to them in the course of your work. If
involves documentary work concerning people long dead or otherwise incapable of
being harmed by
what you say, please so state in this section of the
G. Other Support
Describe facilities and resources already available for the
proposed research. A Harry Frank Guggenheim
fellowship may be accepted in conjunction with other awards, fellowships, or
A $10,000 fellowship will only contribute to the support of an
individual during an entire dissertation year. Have you
other sources of
support? Will you be working? Have you applied for other fellowships?
Alternatively, it may be
that our $10,000 award will support you for intense
full-time work for a few months, which will enable you to finish
dissertation. We would like to see that you have thought about these practical
A Special Note to Applicants for the Dissertation Fellowship
Since many of you have not applied for grants before, the
following is meant to guide you through the process.
Applications for the
fellowship have in past years arrived in such a disorganized or incomplete state
as to add to the
work of the foundation's staff and seriously diminish the
applicant's chances of funding.
Eligibility: These grants are made to Ph.D. candidates who are
in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this
means that fieldwork
or other research is complete and writing has begun. Both you and your advisor
are asked to
assure us that the thesis will be complete within the grant
year, which may commence in July, August, or September
of the year you apply
and ends twelve months later. In some disciplines, particularly experimental
and writing can reasonably be expected to be completed
within one year, and in that case it is appropriate to apply.
In all other
cases, do not apply for support for your dissertation research. And if your
analysis and writing are not
far enough along for you to be confident that
you will complete the dissertation within the year, do not apply.
application will not be competitive with those that comply with our
timetable, it will not have a chance of funding,
and your poor judgement will
taint your chances of receiving a fellowship in the following year, when you are
Relevance: Foundation funding is offered to projects related
to violence, aggression, or dominance, with priority
given to research that
can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems in the modern
to those topics. Do not apply to us if your project is not
relevant or only tangentially relevant to our
your research may be, you will only be wasting our time and yours. If there
uncertainty about relevance, call and discuss the question with one of our
Deadline: The applications are due in our offices on February
1. If that falls on a weekend, the deadline is the
following Monday. We do
not accept any application materials by fax, and we do not extend the deadline
reason. Please do not ask for an extension; it is not fair to
applicants who submit proposals in time to accept late
submissions. We will
always say no, despite your reason. If your application involves long distances
complicated coordination with advisor, registrar, etc., you should begin
the process earlier than applicants with
In summary, the mistakes made most often in the past are
Applicant will not finish the
dissertation in the grant year.
Project is not
directly relevant to violence, aggression, or dominance.
Only one copy arrives.
Four copies arrive but are not collated.
Application arrives in our office after the due date.
Advisor's letter and c.v. arrive separately, and/or
late, and/or in only one copy.
No research plan.
No title page, no abstract, or no
No note on other
Please avoid these careless errors and omissions. They will
seriously diminish your chances of receiving a
Requests for further information should be directed to The
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 527 Madison
Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022,
or by telephone to (212) 644-4907, or fax to (212) 644-5110. To discuss
application in detail, call or write to our program officers. More
information is also available on our website: