The Shpilman Institute for Photography (The SIP) is a research institute whose mission is to initiate and support innovative research and artistic production that advance the understanding of photography and related media.
Through its grant programs, The SIP commissions and sponsors individual and group research projects that inquire into photography’s multiple meanings, functions and significance.
Researchers are invited to submit proposals for projects that focus on one or more of the assigned themes.
The Shpilman Institute for Photography is offering funding to writers, theorists, and researchers from various disciplines (be they academic faculty, Ph.D. candidates, independent scholars, photographic practitioners, and research-oriented curators. Undergraduates should not apply.
- Individual research project
- Eligible candidates are academic faculty and graduate students in accredited institutions of higher education, previously published independent scholars and writers, as well as artists and research-oriented curators.
- Joint research project
- Eligible candidates are groups of 2-4 researchers comprised of academic faculty and/or graduate students in accredited institutions of higher education, and/or previously published independent scholars, writers, as well as artists and curators.
$5,000 – $15,000 USD
All applications must be submitted through The SIP’s website and Upload Form.
Criteria for review include:
- Originality: The work will make a significant contribution to the research field, with potential for expanding the discourse.
- Clarity: The concept, methodology, and objectives as stated in the proposal are entirely clear. There must be a strong plan for the documentation of research in the work.
- Feasibility: The work can be reasonably achieved as outlined in the proposal and budget and can meet the intended objectives within the timetable, resources and budget specified.
- Relevance: The proposed work is relevant to one or more of the themes of the call.
- Accessibility: The general educated public, beyond the research community, will be able to understand the overall argument of the work, thus meeting the mission of The SIP to enlarge the understanding of photography for the public through research.