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Fellowships to USA Independent Scholars and Researchers to Conduct Archival Research on Underrepresented American Crafts

Craft Archive Fellowship


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Center for Craft
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/08/23
Deadline: 12/06/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $5,000 to USA independent scholars and researchers to conduct archival research on underrepresented American craft types. Funding is intended to support craft research, to disseminate the findings, and to put a spotlight on typically overlooked craft histories.

The 2024 Craft Archive Fellowship will foster archival research on underrepresented and non-dominant craft histories in the United States, such as feminist, intersectional, queer, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other communities and approaches that may not be specifically listed here. The fellowship will support a range of scholars, including independent, artists, and emerging to established researchers.

Center for Craft Archive Fellows will receive a stipend to conduct research in an archive of their choosing. These Fellows may engage in both conventional and innovative approaches to archival research. Fellows will participate in a virtual program presented by Center for Craft in February 2025, to include a 5 to 7 minute verbal presentation of their research method and findings and participate in group discussion. In addition, the Fellows have the opportunity to publish their research in an article on Hyperallergic which will be featured in a special edition of Hyperallergic's newsletter in Winter 2025, making it accessible to a national and international audience.

Grant Goals:

  • To encourage and support the research and writing of historically underrepresented and non-dominant American craft histories
  • To expand understanding of where and how archival craft research can be conducted
  • To raise awareness of the importance of craft research

Archives are repositories for and collections of primary source materials where people can conduct research. However, the histories preserved and stored within institutional libraries and archives often reflect the dominant cultural narratives, limiting the types of histories that can be told. Therefore, this fellowship takes an expansive understanding of what an archive is, to delimit what an archive can be. For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft understands archival craft research to be, but not limited to:

  • Digital and in-person archives: Recipients can direct their research towards a digital or site-specific archive, such as institutional archives that feature underrepresented craft communities. An in-person visit is not required.
  • Objects as archives, the study of a new collection of materials, such as oral histories, community-created archives, site or place as an archive.
  • Funding from this grant can be used to visit more than one archive, as funding and time permits. However, engagement with just one archive is all that is expected.

Eligible use of funds:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals are welcome from a range of emerging to established scholars, including artists researchers. Funding is intended to support independent research and is not intended to support research conducted on behalf of an institution, organization, or 501c3.

Applicants must be:
- 21 years of age or older
- Eligible to receive taxable income in the U.S.

The Center encourages applications from historically underrepresented populations. The Center for Craft prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or perceived disability, age, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected category.

Applicants cannot be:
- Disqualified persons, such as substantial contributors to the Center for Craft as well as current employees, consultants, or board members of the Center for Craft, or immediate family members of such a person

If an applicant has been previously awarded a Center for Craft grant, but did not complete the project, or is still in the progress of completing a grant or fellowship they are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An applicant information session will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 3 - 4 pm ET.

The information session will provide an overview of the fellowship opportunity and offer tips to simplify the application process and aid applicants in successfully completing their applications. Followed by an audience Q&A.

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Pre-Application Information
- Applications Open: October 16, 2023
- Application Orientation: November 8, 2023
- Application Deadline: December 6, 2023, no later than 11:59 pm ET
- Notification: January 2024
- Grant Period Begins: February 1, 2024
- Draft Hyperallergic Article Due: October 7, 2024
‍- Hyperallergic Article Final Draft Due: January 6, 2025
‍- Public Program: February 2025
- Final Report and Grant Period Ends: February 28, 2025

Fellows are required to disseminate their research through a 1,200 word article to be edited and published by Hyperallergic in a Special Edition. Article drafts are due October 7, 2024 and final edits are due January 6, 2025. Applicants will maintain rights to their work. Hyperallergic Special Issue will be published in Winter 2025.

Applicants may only receive one Center for Craft grant and/or fellowship per year. Awards cannot be deferred to the next year due to outstanding applications or multiple awards.

Number of Grants
Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed in 12 months, with a start date of February 1, 2024 and an end date of February 28, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For any questions, please contact Mellanee Goodman, Grant Program Manager - Research & Ideas, at or call (828) 785 - 1357 ext. 103.

Center for Craft
67 Broadway St
Asheville, NC 28801

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