Deadline Approaching for Richard Kelly Grant Proposals

by | Jun 26, 2024 | News

Deadline Richard Kelly Grant

With just five days left to submit your proposal for the prestigious Richard Kelly Grant, now is the time to act! This grant, established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in 1980, aims to recognize and encourage innovative thought and activity in the use of light. Originally a scholarship program, it has evolved to support young professionals in North America who are working in the field of illumination.

The Richard Kelly Grant, inspired by Kelly’s ideals of “visual truth in the structure of light,” awards cash prizes to individuals who exemplify creative and thoughtful use of light in their work. The grant is open to anyone aged 35 or under who is studying or working in the art and science of illumination within the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Purpose of the Grant

The grant celebrates innovative approaches to lighting that demonstrate both accomplished use and potential for significant contribution to the field. Whether your work involves architecture, art, education, environmental design, health, fixture design, software design, or theater, the Grant Committee seeks projects that showcase the conceptual or practical use of light to address and solve problems creatively.

How to Apply

To apply, ensure you compile the following documents by the June 30, 2024 deadline:

1. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters, sent directly to
2. Applicant Information: Full legal name, mailing address, phone number, email address, date of birth, and proof of age.
3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Summarize your background and accomplishments.
4. Summary Letter: A one-page outline of your work and its underlying thought process.
5. Submission of Works: Detailed descriptions, including written materials, artwork, photographs, or drawings that illustrate your innovative use of light. Ensure collaborative projects clearly state your role.
6. Intent of Grant: A description of how you will use the grant to advance your work or education in lighting.

Optional Supplemental Documents

You may also include additional materials such as supplementary documents, videos, or links that further explain your work.

This individual award focuses on personal achievement and innovation rather than project or group recognition. Submissions should highlight how light is used in novel ways to solve or better understand issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your career and contribute to the evolving landscape of lighting design. Submit your proposal by June 30, 2024, to join the legacy of those who have pushed the boundaries of illumination. For detailed submission guidelines and to apply, visit the IESNYC website.