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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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The Professor and his Kingdom: George Herron's Iowa Jeffrey A. Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
The Iowa Challenge: The National Farm Organization and the Fate of Agrarian Liberalism Jeffrey Bloodworth 2021 $1,000.00
Turning Corn into Magic: Iowa’s Post-WWII Place in the “Magic Circle,” 1946-1960 Jeffrey P. Stone 2021 $1,000.00
Iowa’s Role in Ethanol Development before the 1970s Energy Crisis Jeffrey T. Manuel Edwardsville, IL 2016 $1,000.00
Working Hard and Living Out: Adolescence in Nineteenth-century Dubuque Jennifer E. Mack Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
Louis Szathmary, Larger than Life with an Archive to Match Jill Nussel 2022 $1,000.00
She was wearing a Scarf: A 2004 University of Iowa Asian Hate Crime Jin Chang Iowa City Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
The Women’s Relief Corps and Union Women’s Organizational Activism, 1861–1920 John C. Kennedy Lafayette, IN 2016 $1,000.00
The Keokuk Teachers Strike of 1970 and the Origins of Iowa’s Public Employment Relations Act John W. McKerley Iowa City Johnson 2018 $1,000.00
Monumental Uplift: Grand Army Veteran Advocacy for Iowa’s Institutions of Learning, 1880–1920 Jonathan D. Neu Verona, PA 2018 $1,000.00
The Last Holdout to Progress: Straightening the Skunk River, 1908–1920 Joseph W. Otto Norman, OK 2014 $1,000.00
"Science with Practice": The Development of Agricultural Science and Education at Iowa State University, 1858-1939 Joshua Tonkel 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
Science on the Prairie: Thomas H. MacBride, Bohumil Shimek and the Formation of American Science Karen Wellner 2022 $1,000.00
Mad for the Stage: The Hyers Sisters and Gilded Age Theater Kathryn E. Snyder Williamsburg, VA 2017 $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
Milk Wars: The Dairy Farmer and the American Dream Kenneth O'Reilly 2022 $1,000.00
Iowans in the Cold War Kevin Y. Kim Seattle, WA 2018 $1,000.00
Lost Lake: A Deep Map of a Farm Field Kristen Greteman 2021 $1,000.00
Lincoln’s Practical Radical: A Reconsideration of the Political Life of General Samuel Curtis Kyle S. Sinisi 2021 $1,000.00