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Relief Grants

Emergency Relief Grants (Summer 2020)

The Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA) is announcing two emergency relief grant programs to support members of the American art community who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the results of a recent survey of the American art community, these two grant opportunities provide support for contingent professionals, graduate students, and other scholars negatively impacted by the pandemic. In order to distribute this funding rapidly, AHAA is adopting an accelerated application process. This opportunity is open to all AHAA members, both past and present. Potential applicants may become a member of AHAA in order to be eligible for these grants. 

Through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, AHAA will distribute $15,000 in the form of thirty need-based stipends ($500 each) for those in our scholarly community who are suffering financial hardship owing to the pandemic. Specifically, grants could support research costs, publication subvention, digital access, or any other relevant expenses for those who experienced the loss or reduction of employment and benefits, such as: 

  • Contingent scholars who have experienced furloughs or layoffs, decreased teaching loads, or lost institutional support
  • Those who have increased financial burdens due to telecommuting and remote instruction, including unforeseen (and otherwise unfunded) technology costs
  • Independent art historians whose projects have been curtailed or cancelled
  • Graduate students who have lost summer teaching, internships, fellowships, research and travel support, or publication assistance 

Thanks to the past generosity of its members, AHAA will also provide five summer research fellowships ($1,000 each) to graduate students pursuing master’s or doctoral research or early-career scholars (within 5 years of receiving their graduate degree) who have experienced a loss or reduction of summer research support, including internships as well as external and internal grants or fellowships. In order to participate, fellows also agree to present their research progress at a lunchtime seminar between August and December 2020. The AHAA Board will work with each fellow to select an expert in their area of research who will serve as a respondent to their virtual presentation. 

Many members expressed their willingness to donate to this emergency relief fund, which would allow us to offer a second round of emergency grants in the fall. To that end, there is now a dedicated donation option for emergency grants on our website:

To apply for an AHAA-Luce stipend, submit your CV and a brief description of how the pandemic has created financial hardship (1 paragraph maximum), and how you plan to spend the emergency funds in summer 2020 (1 paragraph maximum). Please also note your affiliation with AHAA. To apply for an AHAA fellowship, append a brief (250-word maximum) description of your research to the materials required above. After the AHAA fellowships have been awarded, remaining applicants will automatically be considered for the AHAA-Luce stipends.  

Applications must be submitted by June 8, 2020 to Applicants will be informed of funding decisions on or around June 15, 2020, with all grants to be distributed shortly thereafter. Please note that due to coronavirus-related restrictions grant distribution will only be via Venmo, Paypal, Zelle, or, if absolutely necessary, bank transfer.