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Academic Research Grants
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Sisters in Crime will award grants of up to $500 for the purchase of books to support research projects that contribute to our understanding of the role of the voices of writers sometimes marginalized in the crime fiction genre. This may include but is not limited to research on women mystery writers, on the position of underrepresented writers in the crime fiction marketplace, or on issues of gender, race, or ethnicity as an aspect of crime fiction.

Grant proposals must be received by April 1, 2015. The recipient will be notified by May 1, 2015. The grant period will run from May 1 – December 20, 2015. LIMITATIONS: In keeping with the requirements of our funding source, grant recipients must either be US citizens/legal residents of the United States or must be conducting research on US authors.

Sisters in Crime is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers and aspires to serve as the voice for excellence and diversity in crime writing.

Application Deadline is April 1st.  To apply, please send your CV and the following information to Barbara Fister at

  • Name
  • Email
  • Mailing/Street address
  • Description of research project, including a discussion of the project’s significance and plans for publication or presentation of results (suggested length: three pages or less)
  • Preliminary list of books to be purchased to support this research

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of scholars. Recipients will need to submit itemized receipts and a final report summarizing findings to date by December 20th. We encourage researchers to share news of conference presentations, articles, or other materials arising from these grants so that we can publicize your research at our website and through our social media channels.


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