Academic Program Grants

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that explore American art in an international context.

Please note that Academic Program grants for conferences and symposia do not exceed $25,000 unless there are unusual circumstances. Additionally, the Terra Foundation prefers not to be the sole contributor to an event.

Academic funding is available for symposia, colloquia, and scholarly convenings on American art (pre-1980) that take place:

  • In Chicago or outside the United States, or
  • In the United States that examine American art within an international context and/or include a significant number of international participants.
Letter of InquiryProposalAwards announced
December 16, 2013March 5, 2014Summer 2014
March 14, 2014June 16, 2014Fall 2014
December 15, 2014March 2, 2015Summer 2015
If the foundation responds to a letter of inquiry by requesting a proposal, the organization applying for a grant will be expected to complete an application. Download the Academic Program Grants application.


The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants are not made to individuals.

Other Terra Foundation Academic Initiatives include the following American art residencies and fellowships:

The Terra Foundation does not accept proposals for:

  • Fellowship programs
  • Research databases
  • Programs primarily designed for non-academic audiences
  • Capital expenditures
  • Programs focused on architecture, conservation, or film