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Academic Research Grants
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Sisters in Crime will award 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. 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. 


Proposal Deadline


Grant proposals must be received by April 1, 2020. The recipient will be notified by May 1, 2020. Books must be purchased and itemized receipts provided by December 1, 2020, along with a progress report (250-500 words) on the research project that will be shared publicly and non-exclusively through the organization’s website.

  • 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


Application Deadline is April 1, 2020. To apply, please send your CV and the following information to Barbara Fister

  • Name
  • Email
  • Mailing 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


You should receive confirmation that your application was received within a week. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of scholars familiar with scholarship on the genre. Reports from previous grantees can be found here.

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