Grace May Tilton Fund in the Program in American Studies accepting applications for awards in American art

The Grace May Tilton Fund in the Program in American Studies has existed since 1945.  For the past 70 years, it has allowed the Program to offer prizes to undergraduates for distinguished senior thesis work in American arts and crafts.  Excess income from the fund may be used to support work by graduate students in American art. 

We are, therefore, soliciting applications from former graduate students who have identified themselves with the Program in American Studies during their graduate studies.  We intend to make one or two awards each year for the next five years to support the preparation and production of first books and articles in American art.  Applicants may have received their Ph.D. degrees in any of the departments associated with Princeton’s Program in American Studies, and we define the scope of “American art” broadly.  Possible uses of the award would include covering the costs of art work reproduced in a book (including permissions and direct costs of reproduction, including hiring photographers or other specialists), providing subventions requested by publishers, and/or digital forms of presentation (including the costs associated with producing a webpage around or “behind” the book).  Depending on need, awards could be up to $15,000.

We expect that an acknowledgment will be included in all work produced with the aid of the Tilton Fund.

We invite you to apply.  Applications should include:

  •     a cover letter,
  •     a CV,
  •     a description of the book project (including a description of any publication schedule),
  •     a signed book contract,
  •     a description of how the Tilton prize funds would be used;

Applications are due by March 15, 2015.  Decisions will be made by a committee and announced on May 15, 2015.

Please submit your application to:

Prof. Anne Cheng and Prof. Hendrik Hartog

Co-Directors of the Program in American Studies

c/o Ms. Judith Ferszt, Program Manager
Program in American Studies
Princeton University
41 McCosh Hall
Princeton, NJ  08544