The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation is an independent foundation administered at Brown University. It awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, who have completed at least one major project and demonstrate potential to be future leaders in their fields.  (Please consult Eligibility requirements for further information.)  Artists and scholars supported by the Howard Foundation are expected to devote a substantial portion of time during the fellowship year to advancing new work.  It is an unrestricted, non-residency fellowship for the sole purpose of aiding the intellectual and artistic development of the recipients. Fellowship funds may be used in combination with sabbatical leaves or other sources of support, but this is not a requirement. 

The Howard Foundation was officially established in 1952 and offered its first fellowships in 1954. 

Since 1954, 498 Howard Fellowships have been awarded totaling over 10 million in grant funding to those in the arts and critical disciplines. 

A total of nine fellowships of $40,000 will be awarded in April 2023 for 2023-24 in the fields of:

Music for Performance


Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Sound Studies

Applications can be submitted beginning 7/1/2022 through 11/1/2022