ERIC Number: ED168406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in the Availability of Senior Fellowships in the United States, 1968-1977.
Ray, Gordon N.
Information is presented on senior fellowships awarded in the United States from 1968 to 1977. Applicants for Guggenheim fellowships were asked to provide information on the applications they made to other fellowship programs in order to identify the major senior fellowship programs. The definition of "senior" was more than five years beyond the Ph.D. or over 35 years of age. After the other fellowship programs were identified, the program directors were asked to provide, year by year since 1968, statistics concerning the number of grants made, the amount of money awarded, and the number of applications received. The replies are summarized under three headings: senior fellowships awarded by private foundations and learned societies, senior fellowships awarded by agencies of the federal government, and senior fellowships awarded by scholarly centers with residential programs. The overall figures show a steady growth in applications, fellowships, and amount of money until 1974, with some leveling off after that year. It is noted that there is an increasing proportion of senior faculty members, from among whom applicants for mid-career fellowships are drawn. The availability of sabbatical leave on part salary also affects the fellowship programs. Implications of the findings and an overview of the Guggenheim Foundation program are presented. For each year the number of fellowships, the amount of money awarded, and the average amount of money awarded are presented for individual agencies. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY.