Scholary Fund

HFG Distinguished Scholar Awards for Researchers

Last updated: May 31, 2022

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Target: All Nationalities,

Award Value: Up to $45,000/year,

Host Institution: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation


August Yearly

HFG Distinguished Scholar Awards for ResearchersThe Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is welcoming applications and proposals for the HFG Distinguished Scholar Awards from recognized leading researchers who are proposing to make significant contributions to illuminating the issues of violence. Applicants may not necessarily be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, though college or university professors may apply. Awardees will receive from $15,000 to $45,000 / year for one or two years as grants.

Award Description

The HFG Distinguished Scholar Awards is targeting proposals from Researchers with a background in any of the natural and social sciences and disciplines focused on investigating and understanding the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority will be given to research that addresses urgent, present-day problems of violence.

The Foundation is interested in violence related to the areas of 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 the basic mechanisms in the production of violence but with primacy on proposals that make a compelling case for the relevance of potential findings for policies intended to reduce these ills.

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Award Benefits

The HFG Distinguished Scholar Awards recipients:

  • receive a range of $15,000 to $45,000 per year for periods of one or two years.
  • for larger amounts and longer durations will be considered but must be strongly justified.
  • receive as individuals (or sometimes two or, rarely, three principal investigators) for specific projects, not general research support. They are not awarded to institutions for institutional programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for these awards should meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be citizens of any country.
  • While almost all recipients of these awards possess a Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or equivalent degree, there are no formal degree requirements for the award.
  • The award may not be used to support research undertaken as part of the requirements for a graduate degree.
  • Applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although most are college or university professors.

Applications must be submitted by August 1, for a decision in December. Final decisions are made by the Board of Directors at its meeting in December. Applicants will be informed promptly by email of the Board’s decision. Awards ordinarily commence on January 1, but later starting dates may be requested if the nature of the research deems this appropriate.

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Application Procedure

Candidates for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholar Award:

  • May apply online annually between May 1 and August 1.
  • Must create an account to access the application and guidelines.
  • The guidelines for applications are available through the link below to the official application page.

Website and Application Link


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