HFG Foundation Young African Scholars Program

HFG Foundation Young African Scholars Program 2022-2023

HFG foundation is short for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. It is a foundation firstly established for philanthropic reasons but about 30 years after its establishment, Mr. Guggenheim centered the foundation’s work on problems of violence, to support research on violence, aggression, and dominance.

It places high importance on the study of neuroscience, genetics, animal behavior, social science, history, criminology, and the humanities which illuminate human problems.

 Scholars in this program study aspects such as 

Violence related to youth, family relationships, media effects, crime biological factors, intergroup conflict related to religion, ethnicity, nationalism, and political violence deployed in war and sub-state terrorism as well as the processes of peace and the control of aggression.

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It is largely associated with war, violence, and its control, with a mission to create and disseminate knowledge against violence.

The foundation enjoys support and partnership with numerous mission-aligned organizations including:

  • Arnold Ventures and the RAND Corporation
  • The John D, and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Fund and the Salzburg Global seminar
  • The center on evidence-based crime policy at George Mason University
  • John Jay College of criminal justice of the city university of New York
  • Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

The foundation organizes various conferences and convenings for the attainment of its mission. They are:

  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim conference at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Masters seminar
  • Capitol Hill Briefings for Members of Congress and Staff
  • The council on criminal justice violent crime working group 

Brief History of the Founder of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation  

The foundation gets its name from Harry Frank Guggenheim who was born in the month of August 23rd of 1890, in West End, New Jersey.

He was the second son of Florence Guggenheim and Daniel Guggenheim. He attended Columbia Grammar School in Manhattan and then went on to attend Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University.

He later left Yale and served a three-year apprenticeship at the American Smelting and Refining Company in Mexico.

The company was owned by his family. IN 1971, He went back to school, resuming his education at England’s Pembroke College at Cambridge University from which he graduated and was awarded a Bachelor’s (BA) and master’s (MA) both in 1913.

In September 1917, he joined the United States Navy reserve and served overseas in France, England, and Italy as a member of the first Yale unit during world war 1.

He left the navy with the rank of Lt. commander. In world war 1, he was recalled to active duty in the navy and served in the south pacific as a tail gunner on a torpedo bomber. He rose to the rank of captain by the end of the war. 

As a businessman, he sponsored Robert H. Goddard’s private research into liquid fuel rocketry and space flight. He provided funds for the establishment of the first Guggenheim school of aeronautics at New York University in 1925. He was inducted into the national aviation hall of fame in 1971 for his aviation service. 

He also served as a public servant in the United States. Guggenheim was the United States ambassador to Cuba from 1929 until he resigned in the year 1933.

According to his obituary, “much of that time spent in public service at Cuba was devoted to prevailing on the Cuban dictator president, Gerardo Machado y Morales, not to murder too many of his political enemies.

His third wife Alicia Patterson founded the newspaper Newsday in 1940 and he was the president of the company. He died of cancer on January 22 1971 at 80 years. 

In all, he was a business leader, a diplomat, racehorse owner/breeder, aviator, and a newspaper publisher. He created the Harry Guggenheim Foundation for general philanthropic purposes.

In his lifetime, he was married three times and divorced twice. He birthed three children including Diane Hamilton…

Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grants and Fellowships 

The foundation awards several research grants to scholars studying aspects that concern the origins and effects of violence in the United States and abroad. They include:

  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Distinguished Scholars (formerly known as the Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grants)
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Emerging Scholars
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellows (formerly the Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholars)
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Harry Frank Guggenheim African Fellows Award

Every two years, fellowships are offered to scholars which last for a period of two years. 

The program includes an in-person methods workshop on the African continent, fieldwork research grants of $10,000 each, mentoring from senior African and Africanist scholars, sponsorship at an international conference to present research findings, and editorial and publication assistance.

Timing: Candidates are to apply online each year between December 1st and March 1st. 


Eligible countries

All African countries are eligible to apply for this award.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be aged 40 years or younger and currently enrolled in a Ph.D. awarding program at an African university or higher education institution. They must also be residing in the African continent.

Eligible fields

Studies related to issues of violence and aggression. Some of which include:

  • War
  • Crime
  • terrorism
  • Family and intimate partner relationships
  • Climate instability and natural resource competition
  • Racial, ethnic, and religious conflict
  • Political extremism and nationalism

Application procedures

An application of six pages only should include:

  • Research question
  • Short literature review
  • Description of research methods to be used
  • A two-page C.V.
  • A copy of passport or government-issued Identity (ID) card.

Applications are to be submitted by December 15th  before midnight in order to be considered.

Value of the HFG Foundation Young African Scholars program 

Benefits to be accrued at the program include: 

  • A method workshop
  • Fieldwork research grants of $10,000 each
  • Editorial and publication assistance
  • Sponsorship at an international conference to present research findings.

Deadline: The deadline that was formerly set for 1st March 2022 has been extended to April 15th, 2022  


Have the issues of war and violence been one of great concern to you, HGF foundation would help tutor you and equip you better to tackle these issues 

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