Application Procedures

Application procedures 

for a HOWARD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP for 2015-2016 in the fields of
CREATIVE WRITING (FICTION), CREATIVE WRITING (POETRY), and PHILOSOPHY.

General Guidelines

Two pocket folders each containing complete sets of the application materials should be mailed to the Howard Foundation, Box 1945, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 (346 Brook Street, 20 Manning Walk, Marston Hall B-9, for package delivery) with a postmark dated not later than November 1, 2014. Howard Fellowships are intended primarily to provide artists, writers, and scholars with time to complete their work. They are not intended for publication subsidies, for equipment purchase, for support of concerts and other performances, or to support institutional programs.

We ask that applicants place their materials in pocket folders, since they have proven convenient for evaluators to keep items together. They are readily available from any office supply store. Each pocket folder should have a clearly visible label on the outside containing your name and your field. Please do not bind your packets, place them in separate envelopes, or use paper clips, though you are welcome to use staples to fasten together individual parts of the packet. Each of these packets of materials should consist of the following items:

Application Form

The application form can be completed on-line and printed out, with a copy placed in each of the application packets.

Project description

As noted in the application form, a project description of no more than three double-spaced pages should be included.

Curriculum vitae and supporting materials

Complete applications must also include a two-page curriculum vitae. You should also provide a URL for a web site where a writing sample drawn from your past work is available. You may of course also use this web site to provide a more comprehensive CV.

Letters of recommendation

You will need to request three letters of recommendation from colleagues in your field. We suggest that you request letters from three persons who know your work (i.e., mentor, editor, fellow author, reviewer) and can appropriately evaluate and discuss your proposed project. A set of guidelines for letters of recommendation is available for you to copy and send to your recommenders. These guidelines should be sent to them as soon as possible along with a copy of the description of your project. As the deadline nears, we suggest that you call or email the recommenders to make certain that the letters have been sent. The deadline for the letters of recommendation is also November 1, 2014. We prefer that recommenders send their recommendations as email attachments to Howard_Foundation@brown.edu, but hard copy letters are also acceptable for those who prefer to send them, and our regular mail address is included in the guidelines.

Our approximate timetable for evaluating applications is:

November 1, 2014: Deadline for applications and letters of recommendations
November 2014-March 2015: Evaluators review applications
Early April 2015: Board of Administration reviews applications
Mid April 2015: Announcement of awards

If you would like confirmation that your application packet or your letters of recommendation have arrived, please email us near the deadline, and we will try to answer by email. Should you have any questions, please call us between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Thursday or send a message to our email address. You can also leave a voicemail message if no one is in the office. Please note that we cannot return items submitted to us, so keep that in mind when you decide what to send along as supporting materials.