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Academic Research Grants 2016
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Sisters in Crime will award researchers a grant of up to $500 for the purchase of books to support research projects that contribute to our understanding of the role of women or underrepresented groups in the crime fiction genre. This may include but is not limited to research on women mystery writers, on the position of women writers in the crime fiction marketplace, or on gender, race, or ethnicity as an aspect of crime fiction.

Grant recipients must provide copies of receipts of purchases and provide a summary of research results that will be shared publicly and non-exclusively through the organization’s website. Grant proposals must be received by April 1, 2016. The recipient will be notified by May 1, 2016. The grant period will run from May 1 – December 20, 2016.


  • While projects may include analysis of film, the emphasis should be on written fiction.
  • These grants are intended to support non-fiction critique and analysis rather than research for fiction projects.
  • 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.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an academic research grant from Sisters in Crime.

Application Deadline is April 1st.  To apply, please send your the following information and a CV to Barbara Fister at by April 1, 2016: 

  • 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
  • Preliminary list of books to be purchased to support this research

You should receive confirmation that your application was received within a week. 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 15, 2016 to receive the funding.

Final reports from previous grantees can be found at

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. 

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