Monday, October 10, 2016

How to Apply for the RWA Academic Research Grant 2017


Academic Research Grant

Romance Writers of America announces its twelfth annual Academic 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. RWA does not fund creative work (such as novels or films).The ultimate goal of proposals should be significant publication in major journals or as a monograph from an academic press.


The RWA Academic Research Grant Program is open to faculty at accredited colleges and universities, independent scholars with significant publication records, and dissertation candidates who have completed all course work and qualifying exams. No candidate need be a member of RWA.

Scholars who have won an RWA grant may apply again, for a new project, beginning the fourth year after receiving the award. The application must include evidence of the completion and publication of the first funded project.

Funding and Deadlines

RWA will fund one or more grants up to a total of $5,000. Funds will be calculated and awarded in U.S. dollars. Individual applicants may request up to the total amount.

Completed applications are to be submitted to RWA via online form and hard copy format by December 1, 2016.

Decisions will be announced in March 2017.

Tenure: April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018.

For a complete grant description and application instructions, write to or visit the Awards section of the RWA website.

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