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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 City Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
The Iowa Challenge: The National Farm Organization and the Fate of Agrarian Liberalism Jeffrey Bloodworth 2021 $1,000.00
America's Forgotten Vice President: The Life and Political Thought of Charles Curtis Jason Phillips 2022 $1,000.00
Louis Szathmary, Larger than Life with an Archive to Match Jill Nussel 2022 $1,000.00
The Atlantic Northern and Souther Railroad Saga, 1907-1936 H. Roger Grant 2022 $1,000.00
Iowa's Jay "Ding" Darling: The Art of Collaborative Conservation at the Local Level Matthew Lindaman 2022 $1,000.00
For the Common Good of All': the Iowa Suffrage Referendum of 1916 and the Fight for its Passage Tracie Grube-Gaurkee 2022 $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
Town and Gown in the Cornbelt: The Impact of the Ethnic and Evangelical Student Counterculture in Sioux County, Iowa Justin Vos 2022 $1,000.00
Pipelines, Private Property, and Populism: Midwestern Landowners and the Opposition to Oil Infrastructure in the 1970s Michael Brickey 2022 $1,000.00
Media and the Work of Rural Agricultural Women of the Great Plains in WWII Emily Easton 2023 $1,500.00
The Professor and his Kingdom: George Herron's Iowa Jeffrey A. Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
Milk Wars: The Dairy Farmer and the American Dream Kenneth O'Reilly 2022 $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
Heartland Stories: Rural Iowa Ethnic Churches, 1945–1975 David E. Zwart Allendale, MI 2017 $1,000.00
From Military Reporter to “Mary Manners”: The Unbounded Journalism of Dorothy Ashby Pownall Tracy Lucht Ames Story 2015 $1,000.00
Iowa Frontier Settlement and Market Participation, 1830–1870 Jeff Bremer Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Creating a Patchwork Quilt of a Drainage System: Reclamation and the hanging Landscape of Western Iowa’s Little Sioux River Valley Maria E. Howe Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Food, Family Farms, and the Crisis of the 1980s Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Ames Story 2018 $1,000.00
A Soldier’s Story: Francis Webster and the Third Iowa Infantry during World War I Matthew J. Margis Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Picturing Packing: Historical Photographs of the Iowa Meatpacking Industry Emily K. Morgan Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00