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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 County Sort ascending Fiscal year Grant Amount
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
“We Came Home Together:” Black Veterans and Community Building in Iowa Dwain Coleman 2021 $1,000.00
The Iowa Challenge: The National Farm Organization and the Fate of Agrarian Liberalism Jeffrey Bloodworth 2021 $1,000.00
The Queer Pastoral in Iowa: Sexuality and Landscape at the Stone City Art Colony Christopher Hommerding Madison, WI 2014 $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
The Trans-Pacific Sojourn of Hong Kong Writers and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the Cold War Era Mung Ting Chung Austin, TX 2017 $1,000.00
The Last Holdout to Progress: Straightening the Skunk River, 1908–1920 Joseph W. Otto Norman, OK 2014 $1,000.00
Sustaining Progressive Populism: The Iowa Democratic Party in the Wake of the Farm Crisis, 1986–1992 Cory M. Haala Crystal, MN 2019 $1,000.00
The Social, Political, and Religious Attitudes of Iowa Lutheran Laypersons during the 1920s and 1930s Mark A. Granquist St. Paul, MN 2017 $1,000.00
Politics in Paint: The Creation, Destruction, and Restoration of the Cedar Rapids Courthouse Mural Breanne Robertson College Park, MD 2014 $1,000.00
Getting Rid of the Gumbo: Good Roads Trains, “Scientific Localism” and the Culture of Iowa Road Improvement, 1904–1927 Amanda L. Katz Pittsburgh, PA 2019 $1,000.00
Community Identity, Rock & Roll, & Baby Boomer Nostalgia in Clear Lake, Iowa Anna Thompson Hajdik Madison, WI 2017 $1,000.00
America's Forgotten Vice President: The Life and Political Thought of Charles Curtis Jason Phillips 2022 $1,000.00
Farming by Rail: Perry G. Holden, Iowa’s Demonstration Trains, and the Rise of Mobile Agricultural Experiment Stations David D. Vail Manhattan, KS 2014 $1,000.00
The UNIque Story of the University of Northern Iowa’s Domed Stadium Matthew R. Lindaman Winona, MN 2019 $1,000.00
Mad for the Stage: The Hyers Sisters and Gilded Age Theater Kathryn E. Snyder Williamsburg, VA 2017 $1,000.00
Louis Szathmary, Larger than Life with an Archive to Match Jill Nussel 2022 $1,000.00
Strangers in a Familiar Land: Pioneers and the Meskwaki Settlement in Early Iowa, 1832–1896 Chelsea Tegels Arlington, VA 2017 $1,000.00
The Atlantic Northern and Souther Railroad Saga, 1907-1936 H. Roger Grant 2022 $1,000.00