Newsletter | May/Jun 2005

Grants for Research on Women in Architecture

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF)
Grants for research on women in architecture
Fall cycle deadline: September 15, 2005

The BWAF offers funding to individuals and institutions to support innovative projects that advance the study and expand the recognition of women in architecture and related professions, and that lead to the dissemination of this knowledge to professional and public audiences alike.

BWAF gives support in particular to research or activities that focus on the contributions of women architects, designers, urban planners, as well as architectural historians and critics, active in the United States during the period 1950-1980. Grant funding is divided into two categories: Fellowships of up to $10,000 for Scholarly Research, Publication, Exhibition, or Documentary in film or other media; and, Grants of up to $3000 for Honoraria to Plenary Session Speakers at professional meetings, conferences, or symposia whose focus matches the mission of the BWAF; and, Travel Grants of up to $1500 for research trips or professional conferences at which the recipient will be making a presentation related to the purpose of the BWAF.

Applications are considered twice a year. The postmark deadlines are September 15 and March 15, and the awards are usually announced 90 days thereafter. The number of awards each year varies at the discretion of the Fellowship Committee. Successful candidates receive their Fellowship awards in two equal installments: the first is disbursed upon receipt of the recipient's written consent to the terms of the award; the second payment is awarded upon receipt of a short progress report (400-600 words) usually completed around the midpoint of the funded project. Travel Grants are awarded once, either by September 1 or by March 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a preliminary inquiry to the Director of BWAF regarding their proposal and its eligibility for funding.

Inquiries may be made by telephone (212) 577-1200, or by e-mail: You can also go to the website for more information.

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