Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon – Swann Foundation Fellowships

The Swann Foundation seeks to award one fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $5,000) to assist the fellow in his/her ongoing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon [view list of fellowships awarded 1999-]. In lieu of one fellowship, the board has made smaller awards to several recipients in recent years due to the number, nature, and quality of fellowship applications..

To be eligible, one must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in an accredited graduate program in a university in the United States, Canada or Mexico and working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D. Although research must focus on caricature and cartoon, there is no limitation regarding the place or time period covered. Since the Fund encourages research in a variety of academic disciplines, there is no restriction upon the university department in which this work is being done, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art. Individuals who are not U.S. residents but who otherwise meet the above academic qualifications may also apply and be considered for a fellowship, contingent upon the applicant’s visa eligibility.

In the interest of increasing awareness and extending documentation of Library of Congress collections, fellows are required to make use of the Library’s extensive collections, be in residence for at least two weeks during the award period. Each recipient must also provide a copy of their dissertation, thesis, or postgraduate publication, upon its completion, for the Swann Foundation Fund files. Select awardees will deliver a public lecture on their work-in-progress at that time, either in person or virtually.

Completed applications are due February 14, 2024, and notification will occur in Spring 2024. The fellowship will begin in September 2024.

Send applications to:
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20540-4730
Attn: Sara W. Duke
Swann Fellowship
Questions should be addressed to:
Sara W. Duke
phone: (202) 707-3630

Preferred method e-mail as pdf and/or Word documents: