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2019 Winners


Sisters in Crime has the 2019 winners of their annual Academic Research Grants are Ann McClellan from Thornton, New Hampshire; team Kat Albrecht & Kaitlyn Filip from Evanston, Illinois; Margot Douaihy from Northampton, Massachusetts; and Nicole Kenley from Waco, Texas. You can read more about the award recipients and their projects here.

Annually, Sisters in Crime awards researchers grants 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.

“These projects speak to Sisters in Crime’s mission, to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers,” according to Barbara Fister, coordinator of the academic research grant program. “We’re delighted to help early-career, accomplished scholars advance our understanding of women’s contribution to the genre.”


Eligible Projects


  • Projects may include but are 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.
  • 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.


Previous Recipients


Read about current and previous grant recipients and projects here.


2019 Grant Timing and Process


  • Grant proposals must be submitted by April 1, 2019.
  • Confirmation of receipt of applications will be received within a week of submission.
  • Recipients will be notified of the award by June 1, 2019.
  • Books must be purchased by December 1, 2019.


Applications are reviewed by a committee of scholars familiar with scholarship on the genre.



By December 1 of their award year, grant recipients must provide copies of receipts of purchases and a summary of research progress (250-500 words). This report will be shared publicly and non-exclusively on this Sisters in Crime website.

How to Apply


2019 Research Grants have been awarded. We will update this page for the 2020 awards

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