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State Historical Society of Iowa

Apply for a grant to support historical research on a topic related to Iowa history. Each year, up to 12 research stipends will be awarded to support research related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference is given to proposals that pursue neglected topics or new approaches to more familiar topics.

Grant recipients will produce an annotated manuscript to be considered for publication in the Annals of Iowa, a scholarly journal published quarterly by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Who: Eligible applications include academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers
What: $1,500
Application Deadline: April 17, 2023, for the funding period of July 1, 2023 to September 1, 2024

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Apply by April 17, 2023.

Applications are welcomed from U.S. and international applicants. International applicants must possess either a valid Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Explore the Work of Past and Current Grant Recipients

Research Grants for Authors recipients have contributed more than 100 articles to the Annals of Iowa and are frequent contributors to programs throughout the State Historical Society of Iowa. Read articles by grant recipients or find upcoming or past programs that draw on research ranging from Indigenous Iowa to the 1980s Farm Crisis.

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount Sort descending
Czechs in Iowa: History, Places, and Opportunities for Further Research Martin Nekola 2022 $1,000.00
Revisiting Race Uplift’s Impact on Black Women in Higher Education: Esther J. Walls’s Experience at the University of Iowa in the Mid-Twentieth Century Dellyssa M. Edinboro Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
Deep Red Roots: Religion, Ethnicity and the Origins of Sioux County, Iowa’s Conservative Subculture Andrew Klumpp Dallas, TX 2018 $1,000.00
Lost in the Heartland: Missing Children, the Midwestern Character, and the Boy on the Milk Carton Paul Mokrzycki Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
Ferdinand Winslow’s Civil War: Transnational Ties and Complementary Identity Anders B. Rasmussen Denmark 2015 $1,000.00
Northwest Iowa during the Civil War: Sioux Uprising and Creation of the Northern Border Brigade Ben Chase Ames Story 2017 $1,000.00
Paul Jones and the Price of Freedom in the Free Midwest Winifred Redfearn 2022 $1,000.00
“Whether My Days Be Many or Few”: The Civil War Letters of Matthew Kemper Donald C. Elder III Portales, NM 2019 $1,000.00
Reclaiming the Hearts and Minds: Hungarian and Romanian Participants in the Iowa International Writing Program during the Cold War (1967–1989) Szabolcs László Bloomington, IN 2018 $1,000.00
The Last Holdout to Progress: Straightening the Skunk River, 1908–1920 Joseph W. Otto Norman, OK 2014 $1,000.00
Campaigning for the Farm: Electoral Rhetoric and the Farm Crisis, 1975–1988 Rebecca Stoil Baltimore, MD 2015 $1,000.00
The Trans-Pacific Sojourn of Hong Kong Writers and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the Cold War Era Mung Ting Chung Austin, TX 2017 $1,000.00
The Professional Life of S. Laura Ensign, Iowa Educator Thomas Connors Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2022 $1,000.00
Sustaining Progressive Populism: The Iowa Democratic Party in the Wake of the Farm Crisis, 1986–1992 Cory M. Haala Crystal, MN 2019 $1,000.00
Constructing Nordic Cultural Heritage in Decorah, Iowa: From “Luther College Museum” to “Vesterheim: The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center Daniel R. Maher Fayetteville, AR 2018 $1,000.00
Politics in Paint: The Creation, Destruction, and Restoration of the Cedar Rapids Courthouse Mural Breanne Robertson College Park, MD 2014 $1,000.00
Americanizing the Heartland: The Quest for Immigrant Loyalty in Iowa during World War I Robert F. Zeidel Afton, MN 2015 $1,000.00
The Social, Political, and Religious Attitudes of Iowa Lutheran Laypersons during the 1920s and 1930s Mark A. Granquist St. Paul, MN 2017 $1,000.00
Grant Wood and Hollywood Sandra Hudson Iowa City Johnson 2022 $1,000.00
Redefining the Flapper: An Examination of Iowan Women in the Roaring Twenties Marissa Stangl Cedar Rapids Linn 2022 $1,000.00