Richard Kelly Grant 2016 Call For Entries


The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IESNA.


To recognize and encourage creative thought and activity in the use of light. Cash award(s) will be granted to the person(s) who preserve and carry forth Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm and reverence for light.


Anyone 35 years or under, studying or working in the art and/or science of illumination, in the United States, Canada or Mexico.


Applicant must demonstrate accomplishment as well as the potential to contribute to the art and science of illumination. Proposed, completed, and on-going work involving light may be submitted and should clearly illustrate the way in which the  conceptual or applied use of light in new and innovative ways is used to solve or better understand a problem.

The Grant Committee will consider works using light in:
Architecture • Art • Education • Environmental Design • Health • Fixture Design • Software Design • Theater


Submissions must include:

  • Written materials, artwork, photographs or drawings, models, VHS videotapes or DVDs (ten minutes, maximum). Images must be numbered and keyed to the text of the submission description. Note: Electronic submissions must be in high resolution JPEG format.
  • A one-page written outline summarizing the work and discussing the thought process behind the submission.
  • A description of how the grant would be used to further the applicant’s education or research in lighting. Applicants must agree to use grants for the purposes described and be prepared to report back to the Board on the progress of their work.
  • Personal resume (curriculum vitae)
  • Two letters of reference to be sent, in sealed envelopes marked with the applicant’s name on the back, directly from the writers to the Grant at the address below.



Grant proposals must be submitted by June 30, 2016 to:
The Richard Kelly Grant
Illuminating Engineering Society
120 Wall Street, Floor 17
New York, NY 10005
212.248.5000 x118
fax: 212.248.5017/18

Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for all submissions to be returned. Grant recipient applications become the property of the Richard Kelly Grant and may be used in Grant publicity

For more information, contact

Addison Kelly, co-Chair Richard Kelly Grant

Caleb McKenzie, co-Chair Richard Kelly Grant

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