J. R. Smallwood competitions are held once a year. The deadline for applications is November 1.
The J.R. Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies was established with funds transferred in trust from the J.R. Smallwood Heritage Foundation.
Those funds are used specifically "for the promotion and support of research in Newfoundland Studies in the areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the award of fellowships and research grants."
It therefore administers the income from such funds for the support of projects that contribute substantively to the knowledge of Newfoundland and Labrador.