Opportunities, Awards and Funding

Mozilla Invites Applications for Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Deadline: August 1, 2018

Mozilla is a global community of technologists, thinkers, and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the web. As such, the organization believes this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.

As part of this mission, Mozilla is accepting applications to technologists and media makers for art and advocacy projects that examine the effects of artificial intelligence on society and to help the public understand how threats to a healthy internet affect their everyday lives. The grant program is part of the NetGain Partnership, a collaboration between Mozilla and the Ford, Knight, MacArthur, and Open Society foundations to advance the public interest in the digital age.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for projects that are accessible to broad audiences and native to the internet, from videos and games to browser extensions and data visualizations. Projects that are at either the conceptual or prototype phases will be considered. However, projects must be freely available online and suitable for a non-expert audience. Projects must also respect users' privacy.

Visit the Mozilla website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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NEA Invites Creative Placemaking Proposals for Our Town Grant Program

Deadline: August 1, 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program.

The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Through the program, subject to the availability of funding, the endowment will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: In this category, projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.

2) Projects That Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information on previously funded projects are available at the NEA website.

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Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Issues RFP for Building Bridges Program

Deadline: August 23, 2018 (Letters of Intent)

The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2018-19 Building Bridges grants competition, which supports projects that strengthen bonds among Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors. Since its launch in 2013, the Building Bridges program has supported the creation and/or expansion of fifty-one unique projects with about $8.8 million.

Through the program, grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded to support the planning and implementation of cultural projects designed to improve relationships between Muslim and non-Muslims across the country. Organizations funded to date represent significant diversity in terms of geography, population, discipline, and mission. Through systematic self-evaluations conducted by prior grantees, the program has observed that strong relationships are built most effectively when audiences are able to immerse themselves in experiential learning and directly interact, collaborate, or communicate with the creative community who design and lead project-related activities.

In addition to monetary funding, grant recipients will receive strategic communications support during the grant period from a Building Bridges-appointed consultant.

Nonprofit organizations with operating budgets greater than $100,000 and at least $25,000 in arts-related programming are eligible to apply as follows:

Organizations with annual expense budgets between $100,000 and $500,000 may apply for a total grant of up to $125,000 or no more than 25 percent of the annual expense budget, while organizations with annual expense budgets greater than $500,000 may apply for a total grant up to $300,000 or no more than 25 percent of the annual expense budget.

Letters of Intent must be received no later than August 23. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by January 4, 2019.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts website.

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Corning Museum of Glass Accepting Applications for 2019 Research Residency

Deadline: August 31, 2018

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, is accepting applications for a research residency program for glass artists that will allow one artist to use its resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform his or her practice.

Named for museum's former executive director, the David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research will enable artists to be in residence for up to three weeks to explore materials at the Rakow Library, the world's foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, and to use other scholarly resources available at the museum, including knowledgeable staff who work in all parts of the organization.

One resident will be selected for the first year and will be in residence for up to three weeks in 2019. While in Corning, the artist will be asked to give a presentation about his or her work and research.

Artists who feel they would benefit from using the resources of the Rakow Library and from spending some time at the Corning Museum of Glass are encouraged to apply.
See the Corning Museum website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Some additional info:
The David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists is open to artists who want to utilize the Museum's resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice. The residency is named for the former executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, a highly-regarded scholar who worked to build the resources of the Rakow Library, and was a major supporter of artists working in glass today. This residency gives artists the opportunity to deep dive into topics and further their knowledge or to provide research for a project. The David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists is not a "making" residency; no provisions will be made for artists to create work at The Studio. Residencies will be up to three weeks in length. Artists will be provided with transportation, and room and board. Residents will have access to the Rakow Research Library, the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and the Museum's staff experts. The residency manager will facilitate meetings with Museum experts and other resources.

Lewis Center for the Arts Accepting Applications for Princeton Arts Fellowships

Deadline: September 18, 2018

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is accepting applications for its Princeton Arts Fellowships.
Fellowships will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early-career poets, novelists, choreographers, playwrights, designers, performers, directors, filmmakers, composers, and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University and formal teaching is expected. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester, but fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, the expectation is that fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

An $81,000 a year stipend is provided through the program. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree.

One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Holders of PhD degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

See the Lewis Center website for complete program guidelines and application guidelines.

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Radcliffe Institute Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program

Deadline: September 13, 2018 (Creative Arts Humanities & Social Sciences) October 4, 2018 (Natural Sciences, and Mathematics)

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is accepting applications for its 2019-20 Fellowship Program.

Through the program, stipends of up to $77,500 over twelve months (and additional funds for project expenses) will be awarded to individuals working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics to pursue a project within their respective field. In addition, some support for relocation expenses will be provided (where relevant).

In addition to the stipend, fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard during the fellowship year, which runs from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020. Visual, film, and video artists may apply for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $38,750.

Radcliffe Fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during the fellowship period and to have their primary office at the institute to participate fully in the life of the community.

The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 13, 2018. For applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 4, 2018.

See the Radcliffe Institute website for complete program guidelines, information about fellows from previous years, and application instructions.

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Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants

Deadline: September 14, 2018

The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications from Florida nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects related to Florida or of interest to Floridians.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for single events, lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, and/or online resources such as interpretive brochures, reading lists, audio/video recordings of scholarly presentations, and classroom resources. Eligible projects must be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities, enlist the participation of humanities scholars and/or experts in the project's planning and execution, and engage the public in thoughtful and informed activities that explore humanities topics, especially those related to Florida or of interest to Floridians.

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million, projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences, and/or projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions.

To be eligible, organizations must be recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be based in Florida, and serve Floridians.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Florida Humanities Council website.

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College Art Association Invites LOIs for American Art Publication Grants

Deadline: September 14, 2018 (Letters of Inquiry)

The College Art Association is accepting Letters of Inquiry for book-length scholarly manuscripts under contract with a publisher in a range of areas, including the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects. For the purposes of this grant program, "American art" is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) produced in what is now the geographic United States.

Through CAA's Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant program, awards will be made in three categories: 1) grants to U.S. publishers for manuscripts that consider American art in an international context; 2) grants to non-U.S. publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art; and 3) grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.

Two non-U.S. authors of top-ranked awarded books will be provided a stipend for travel to CAA's annual conference, complimentary registration for the conference, and a one-year membership to CAA.
Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry by September 14. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 10, 2018.

See the College Art Association website for complete program guidelines and applications instructions.

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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications

Deadline: September 15, 2018

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

The foundation invites applications from individuals for the creation and development of a project about architecture and the designed environment that contributes to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at a crucial or potentially transformative stage in their careers; supports their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate; and helps them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences. Overall, the foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants: Production/Presentation Grants and Research/Development Grants.

1) Production/Presentation Grants: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Projects may include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.

2) Research/Development Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. A recipient of a Research and Development Grant is eligible to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for the same project once the first grant has been satisfied; however, future funding is not guaranteed.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Under some circumstances, the foundation will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served, for example, in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax-exempt status.

The foundation will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry on July 15. LOIs must be received no later than September 15, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Graham Foundation website.

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Millard Meiss Publication Fund

Deadline: September 15, 2018

The College Art Association is accepting applications to its Millard Meiss Publication Fund.

The program supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy.

Commercial, university, and museum publishers of all nations are encouraged to apply. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA member, however.

See the CAA website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously supported publications.

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Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Invites Applications for the 2019 Wachtmeister Award

Deadline: September 15, 2018

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is an international working retreat for highly accomplished visual artists, writers, and composers in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains where artists in residence are able to work on their creative projects free from the distractions of day-to-day life.

The center currently is accepting applications for the 2019 Wachtmeister Award, which this year will be given to a composer and/or sound artist. The award includes a fully funded residency of up to thirty days at VCCA, an honorarium of $1,000, and reimbursed travel expenses of up to $750, for a total value of $7,150. A VCCA residency includes a private studio, a private bedroom with semi-private bath, and three prepared meals each day in a community of twenty-five professional artists, writers, and composers.
This year's applicants must have worked professionally for the past fifteen years as a composer and/or sound artist with substantial national or international achievement in their field, including grants, awards, performances and/or installations, and other signs of achievement.

See the VCCA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions, including information about previous award recipients.

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Lewis Center for the Arts Accepting Applications for Princeton Arts Fellowships

Deadline: September 18, 2018

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is accepting applications for its Princeton Arts Fellowships.

Fellowships will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early-career poets, novelists, choreographers, playwrights, designers, performers, directors, filmmakers, composers, and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University and formal teaching is expected. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester, but fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, the expectation is that fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

An $81,000 a year stipend is provided through the program. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree.

One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Holders of PhD degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

See the Lewis Center website for complete program guidelines and application guidelines.

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Lewis Center for the Arts Accepting Applications for 2019-20 Hodder Fellowship

Deadline: September 18, 2018

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is accepting applications for its 2019-20 Hodder Fellowship.

The annual fellowship is awarded to an artist of exceptional promise to pursue an independent project at Princeton. Hodder Fellows can be composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts" and are selected more "for promise than for performance."

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton but no formal teaching is involved. An $82,000 stipend is provided for the ten-month appointment. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree.

See the Lewis Center website for complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application instructions.

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Pittsburgh Foundation Launches $50,000 Prize for Women Painters

Deadline: September 28, 2018

The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced the launch of a new biennial award program designed to propel the careers of women artists.

Endowed by art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt with a $3 million gift, the $50,000 Bennett Prize will spotlight women artists who paint in the figurative realist style and who have not yet achieved full professional recognition — both new artists and those who have painted for many years. The prize is intended to allow the winner to create her own solo exhibition, which will be premiered at the Muskegon (Michigan) Museum of Art and then travel the country.

The prize is designed for women artists who are, or seek to become, full-time professional painters and to expand opportunities for the public to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters in the increasingly popular style of figurative realism.
A four-member jury, including realist artists Maria Tomasula and Andrea Kowch, will select ten painters from among the entrants. The finalists will each receive $1,000 to participate in an exhibition opening May 2, 2019, at the Muskegon Museum of Art, where the winner will be announced. The winner will receive $25,000 annually for two years so she can devote the time necessary to mount a solo exhibition, which will open in Muskegon in 2021 and then travel the country.

The call for entries runs from April 13 to September 28, 2018.
The prize is not open to hobbyists, students, or artists who have been paid or received an award of $25,000 or more for any single work of art.

See the Bennett Prize website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Getty Foundation Accepting Applications for Scholars Grant Program

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and around the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the foundation works to strengthen art history as a global discipline, promote the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increase access to museum and archival collections, and develop current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications from established scholars or writers who have attained distinction in their fields for its Getty Scholar Grants Program.

Recipients of Getty Scholar grants will be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they can pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty. Getty Scholars may be in residence for one of six periods ranging from three to nine months: September to December, January to March, April to June, September to March, January to June, or September to June.

A stipend of up to $65,000 per year will be awarded based on length of stay, need, and salary. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, research assistance, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and healthcare options available. These terms apply as of July 2018 and are subject to changes in the future.

Researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences are eligible to apply.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Getty Foundation website.

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Kress Foundation Accepting Applications for Digital Resources Program

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation's Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning art history.

Grants will be awarded for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history and of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. The program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Past grants have ranged between $12,000 and $70,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit institution with 501(c)(3) status based in the United States.
See the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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National Academy of Education Invites Applications for Dissertation Fellowships

Deadline: October 4, 2018

The National Academy of Education advances high-quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the academy comprises United States members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Since its establishment, NAEd has undertaken research studies that address pressing issues in education typically conducted by members and other scholars with relevant expertise.

As part of that mission, the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. (Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology.)

In 2018, thirty-five fellows will receive fellowship stipends of $27,500 each to support completion of their dissertation. Funds must be expended within a time limit of up to two years and in accordance with the work plan provided by the candidate.

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the United States.

NAED will begin accepting applications on August 1, 2018.

For complete program guidelines, information about an informational webinar, application instructions, and the site's FAQ, see the National Academy of Education website.

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Herb Block Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects That Defend Basic Freedoms

Deadline: October 4, 2018

When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his seventy-two years of cartooning. As such, the Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. The foundation also seeks to provide educational opportunities through scholarships and to promote editorial cartooning through continuing research.

As part of this mission, the foundation, through its Defending Basic Freedoms program, awards grants of up to $25,000 for projects that help safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, that help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and/or that assist government agencies in being more accountable to the public.

Grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide, but projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than October 4. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 13, 2018.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Herb Block Foundation.

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Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation Invites Applications for Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art

Deadline: October 15, 2018

The grantmaking activities of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation are inspired by its art collections. The foundation's collection of Spanish colonial art numbers more than one hundred and thirty works from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, including paintings portraying religious themes and portraits from the Viceroyalty of Peru and its eighteenth-century division into smaller entities such as the Kingdom of Nueva Granada, as well as a small selection of portraits from the Spanish Caribbean.

The foundation offers several fellowships annually in support of projects and research initiatives that will advance the field of Spanish colonial art. Fellowships range in duration from one to two years. Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply, as are exceptionally accomplished international scholars holding only an MA. Scholars may come from any discipline, but all projects must relate to the study of art and art history.

National and international scholars, researchers, and museum professionals should propose projects that exhibit original scholarship and/or will make a significant contribution to the understanding of Spanish American colonial art and its history. Projects will be considered from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, however the foundation will give strong preference to projects that make specific contributions to the history of painting and sculpture in colonial South America.

1) Predoctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship: A one-year grant of $45,000 will be awarded for the twelve-month duration of the research project.

2) Postdoctoral Fellowship: Grants of up to $60,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded to support applicants with PhDs conferred between 2008 and 2018.

Fellowships are portable and funds may be used in any reasonable way the applicant sees fit to accomplish the project, including travel and accommodation, photography, access fees, tuition remission, supportive staffing, scientific analysis.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate and conduct research in both Spanish and English.

See the Thoma Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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