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Grant Opportunities

National Association of Science Writers, Idea Grants

Do you have a great idea for a science writing resource? Are you a member of a local science-writing group with big plans for an important project or workshop that has insufficient funding? NASW invites proposals from individuals or groups for grants ranging from $1,000 to $40,000 to support projects and programs designed to help science writers in their professional lives and/or benefit the field of science writing. We encourage creative thinking, thus the guidelines for these proposals are consciously broad.

The project must be in keeping with the mission of NASW, and should be accessible to all science writers. Applicants need not be NASW members. The project should not be for individual works, e.g. underwriting a single investigative piece or book, but it could, for instance, underwrite a study of the state of science writing in the U.S. or beyond. We especially support the efforts of regional science writing groups to make their professional development activities available to all science writers via webcasts, transcription, live blogging and other online or digital resources. Applications are due November 4, 2015. For more information, visit their website.

Laura Jane Musser Fund, Intercultural Harmony Program

The Intercultural Harmony Program promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas (including Michigan) through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. These projects must be intercultural rather than focused on just one culture, and must demonstrate tangible benefits in the larger community. The projects must also describe how they include members of the cultural communities actively in the planning and implementation process. Funded projects can be carried out in a number of areas including the arts, community service, and youth activities. Applications are due by October 16, 2015. For more information, visit their website at:

Fellowship Opportunities

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships for Artists and Writers

Applications are accepted for fellowships and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must submit their applications by one of the three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15, June 15, or October 1. It's advised that applicants should apply at least six months in advance of their preferred start date. Visit the website for more details.

Island Hill House Artist Residency Program 

The Hill House supports the following disciplines:

  • Music: Songwriting, Composition, Performance

The Hill House proudly supports musicians in all genres. In addition, emerging musicians (those who do not make a living solely from their music) are eligible for a stipend from the David Fetzer Fund. 

  • Dance and Theater: Choreography, Dance Performance, Theater, Puppetry, Performance Art
  • Visual Arts: Animation, Cartooning, Book Arts, Conceptual Art, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Film and Video, Illustration, Installation Arts, Metalworking, Mixed Media, Multimedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Design: Architecture, Cartography, Game Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Landscape and Ecological Design, Typography
  • Writing: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Journalism

Applications are due annually on April 1 and October 1. Visit their website for more information.

Calls for Papers

Submissions accepted for possible publication in The Community College Enterprise: A Journal of Research and Practice. The journal accepts work primarily from community college educators and administrators and is published in the Fall and Spring. It accepts papers on topics such as: alternative learning strategies, learning, student success, retention, developmental education, leadership, teaching and learning strategies, and interactive learning. Visit the journal's website for more details.

Manuscripts welcome for possible publication in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. The journal accepts papers on college and university teaching in the following categories: research, integration, innovation, and inspiration. Papers may be interdisciplinary or specific to one or a group of disciplines, and may address a general or specific audience. For more details, visit the journal's website.

The Journal of College Reading and Learning welcomes submissions for possible publication. The journal publishes investigations on the reading, writing, thinking, and studying of college learners. Visit the journal's website for more details.

Article submissions invited for possible publication in American Music, a quarterly journal devoted to all aspects of American music and music in America. The journal also accepts books, recordings, and multimedia items for review. Visit the journal's website for more details.