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Research Grant for Authors

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 Sort descending Fiscal year Grant Amount
Monumental Uplift: Grand Army Veteran Advocacy for Iowa’s Institutions of Learning, 1880–1920 Jonathan D. Neu Verona, PA 2018 $1,000.00
The Land Between Two Rivers: Cartographic Caricatures of the Present-Day State of Iowa, 1845-2020 Amanda Murphyao 2021 $1,000.00
The Women’s Relief Corps and Union Women’s Organizational Activism, 1861–1920 John C. Kennedy Lafayette, IN 2016 $1,000.00
The Farmers’ Lawyers: Small-Town Lawyers and Rural Identity Emily A. Prifogle Bloomington, IN 2018 $1,000.00
Progressive Heartlands: Religious Liberalism in Small-Town U.S.A. David Mislin 2021 $1,000.00
The Camp Dodger Matthew R. Lindaman Winona, MN 2016 $1,000.00
Food for My Enemies: The First Friendship Train in Iowa David Mills 2021 $1,000.00
Iowa’s Role in Ethanol Development before the 1970s Energy Crisis Jeffrey T. Manuel Edwardsville, IL 2016 $1,000.00
From Bioprospecting to Biodiesel: Soy Commodity Frontiers in the Twentieth Century Rachel C. Steely Cambridge, MA 2018 $1,000.00
Churchwomen, Church Building, and Print Culture in the Construction of Black Citizenship in Iowa, 1868-1900 Mila W. Kaut 2021 $1,000.00
Voices for Change: Women and Chautauqua at the Turn of the Century Sarah Bell Lawrence, KS 2014 $1,000.00
Lost Lake: A Deep Map of a Farm Field Kristen Greteman 2021 $1,000.00
Union Memory of the Civil War: An Iowa Case Study Robert J. Cook United Kingdom 2014 $1,000.00
Governor Harold Hughes, The Iowa Council on Alcohol Project, and Changing Federal Public Policy on Alcoholism in 1960s America Kelsey Ensign 2021 $1,000.00
The Middle West and the Heartland of American Wrestling during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era Nicholas Porter St. Louis, MO 2016 $1,000.00
Railroad Maps as Windows to Iowa History Gerald A. Danzer Itasca, IL 2014 $1,000.00
Manicuring Midwestern Girlhood in Black Des Moines, 1915-1950 Sarah J. Eikleberry 2021 $1,000.00
Religion and Reform in Iowa’s “Progressive City,” 1890–1910 Paul Emory Putz Waco, TX 2016 $1,000.00
Migrant Education and the Social Construction of Mexican-American Learners in Iowa Deirdre M. Dougherty 2021 $1,000.00
Goodbye to the 4-F’s: Iowa’s Judy Klemesrud and the Transformation in News Coverage of American Women Wayne Svoboda New York, NY 2016 $1,000.00