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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 10 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 15, 2024, for funding period of July 1, 2024 to September 1, 2025

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Apply by April 15, 2024.

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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Progressive Heartlands: Religious Liberalism in Small-Town U.S.A. David Mislin 2021 $1,000.00
Negotiating Downtown: Visions of Urban Renewal in Iowa City, 1960–1972 David S. De La Torre Coralville Johnson 2018 $1,000.00
Joel E. Hendricks and The Analyst: Mathematical Publishing “on the borders of civilization,” 1873–1883 Deborah A. Kent Des Moines Polk 2015 $1,000.00
Migrant Education and the Social Construction of Mexican-American Learners in Iowa Deirdre M. Dougherty 2021 $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
“Whether My Days Be Many or Few”: The Civil War Letters of Matthew Kemper Donald C. Elder III Portales, NM 2019 $1,000.00
“We Came Home Together:” Black Veterans and Community Building in Iowa Dwain Coleman 2021 $1,000.00
The Farmers’ Lawyers: Small-Town Lawyers and Rural Identity Emily A. Prifogle Bloomington, IN 2018 $1,000.00
"I Felt if Things Didn't Change, the World Would Come to an End": Black Iowa Women's Activism During the Civil Rights Era, 1945-1965 Emily Bronswick 2023 $1,500.00
Media and the Work of Rural Agricultural Women of the Great Plains in WWII Emily Easton 2023 $1,500.00
Picturing Packing: Historical Photographs of the Iowa Meatpacking Industry Emily K. Morgan Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
The Return to Ne ko to si ye: Meskwaki Village Life, 1857–1902 Erik D. Gooding Moorhead, MN 2015 $1,000.00
Veterans on the Land: Agriculture, Masculine Work, and the Disabled Veterans of the Great War in Iowa Evan P. Sullivan Latham, NY 2019 $1,000.00
Railroad Maps as Windows to Iowa History Gerald A. Danzer Itasca, IL 2014 $1,000.00
The Atlantic Northern and Souther Railroad Saga, 1907-1936 H. Roger Grant 2022 $1,000.00
Class Identities and Working-Class Conservatism: A Community Study of Unions, Class, and Politics in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1968 Jason A. Whisler Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
“How about some muscle?”: C. H. McCloy and Strength Training Research at the University of Iowa Jason P. Shurley Wales, WI 2019 $1,000.00
America's Forgotten Vice President: The Life and Political Thought of Charles Curtis Jason Phillips 2022 $1,000.00
Race and Ethnicity in Iowa History Jeff Bremer Boone Boone 2022 $1,000.00
Iowa Frontier Settlement and Market Participation, 1830–1870 Jeff Bremer Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00