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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 Sort descending Fiscal year Grant Amount
“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
Religious Conflict in Southeastern Iowa, 1839–1846 Brady G. Winslow Fort Worth, TX 2017 $1,000.00
Iowa's Jay "Ding" Darling: The Art of Collaborative Conservation at the Local Level Matthew Lindaman 2022 $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
Heartland Stories: Rural Iowa Ethnic Churches, 1945–1975 David E. Zwart Allendale, MI 2017 $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
Lonely Sentinel: A History of Fort Madison, 1808–1813 Patrick J. Jung Milwaukee, WI 2015 $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
Iowans in the Cold War Kevin Y. Kim Seattle, WA 2018 $1,000.00
Iowa's Embrace and Resistance to Nationalized Retail Commerce Through Mail Order Catalogs, 1897-1914 Sarah Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
Science on the Prairie: Thomas H. MacBride, Bohumil Shimek and the Formation of American Science Karen Wellner 2022 $1,000.00
Religious Liberty without RFRA in Iowa Paul Baumgardner and Brian K. Miller Ewing, NJ & Arlington, VA 2018 $1,000.00
Decolonizing Seeds to Revitalize Lifeways: Regeneration Through Tallgrass Prairie and Bison, Heirloom Seeds, and Food Sovereignty Daniel R. Maher 2023 $1,500.00
The Making of a Midwestern Catholicism: Transatlantic Identities, Ethnicity, and Catholic Culture in Iowa City, 1840–1940 Michael J. Pfeifer Sunnyside, NY 2015 $1,000.00