Academic Research Grant
Note: The 2014 competition is closed. The grant recipient will be announced in March 2015. Please read below for information on the 2015 competition.
Romance Writers of America announces the eleventh annual Research Grant competition. The grant program seeks to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers. Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to: anthropology, communications, cultural studies, education, English language and literature, gender studies, linguistics, literacy studies, psychology, rhetoric, and sociology. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome. The ultimate goal of proposals should be significant publication in major journals or as a monograph from an academic press. RWA does not fund creative work (such as novels or films).
RWA's review committee, which includes academics with doctorates, makes grant recipient recommendations to the RWA Board of Directors. RWA will fund one or more grants up to a total amount of $5,000. Funds will be calculated/awarded in U.S. dollars. Individual applicants may request up to the total amount. The research grant(s) are intended to support direct research costs associated with the project, including travel, but not equipment.
RWA retains the right to award less than a proposal’s budget, or less than the total amount designated for the competition, should the review committee so recommend.
Scholars who have won a grant may apply again, for a new project, beginning the fourth year after receiving the award (Example: If the award was received in April of 2000, the recipient can apply again with the competition beginning in the Fall of 2003.) The application must include evidence of the completion and publication of the first funded project.
Criteria for Selection
Travel reimbursements will be limited to airfare and a maximum of $150 per day lodging and meals. Travel by automobile will be reimbursed at the rate of $.40 a mile. Travel and conferences expenses not directly related to research for the project itself (including conferences at which this research may be presented) are not covered by the grant.
Budget requests may include phone fees, clerical help, copies and photographs, and library fees. No funds may be applied to university budget overhead assessments. The grants are not intended and cannot be used for the purchase of computers or other electronic equipment of any kind.
All materials must be received by December 1, 2015.
The hard copy should be mailed to the address below.
Romance Writers of America