The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon at the Library of Congress awards at least one fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $5,000) to assist a fellow in ongoing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon. Research must focus on caricature and cartoon, particularly their visual qualities, but there is no limitation regarding the country or time period covered. Since the Fund encourages research in a variety of academic disciplines, there is no restriction on the university department where the applicant is enrolled.

In the interest of increasing awareness and extending documentation of Library of Congress collections, fellows are required to make use of the Library’s extensive collections, be in residence for at least two weeks during the award period.


  • To be eligible, one must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in an accredited graduate program in a university in the United States, Canada or Mexico and working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D.
  • Individuals who are not U.S. residents but who otherwise meet the above academic qualifications may also apply and be considered for a fellowship, contingent upon the applicant’s visa eligibility

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