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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 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 Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Decolonizing Seeds to Revitalize Lifeways: Regeneration Through Tallgrass Prairie and Bison, Heirloom Seeds, and Food Sovereignty Daniel R. Maher 2023 $1,500.00
Deep Red Roots: Religion, Ethnicity and the Origins of Sioux County, Iowa’s Conservative Subculture Andrew Klumpp Dallas, TX 2018 $1,000.00
Democracy Has Iowa Roots: Rural Reeducation and New Deal Environmentalism on a Subsistence Homestead Michael Bowman Ames Story 2018 $1,000.00
Empowerment, Social Uplift, and Community: Pauline Humphrey and the Crescent School of Beauty Culture Ashley R. Garrin Ames Story 2014 $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
Ferdinand Winslow’s Civil War: Transnational Ties and Complementary Identity Anders B. Rasmussen Denmark 2015 $1,000.00
Food for My Enemies: The First Friendship Train in Iowa David Mills 2021 $1,000.00
Food, Family Farms, and the Crisis of the 1980s Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Ames Story 2018 $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
From Bioprospecting to Biodiesel: Soy Commodity Frontiers in the Twentieth Century Rachel C. Steely Cambridge, MA 2018 $1,000.00
From Military Reporter to “Mary Manners”: The Unbounded Journalism of Dorothy Ashby Pownall Tracy Lucht Ames Story 2015 $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
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
Governor at War: A Critical Assessment of Governor Samuel Kirkwood's Wartime Response Victoria B. Stewart 2023 $1,500.00
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
Grant Wood and Hollywood Sandra Hudson Iowa City Johnson 2022 $1,000.00
Heartland Stories: Rural Iowa Ethnic Churches, 1945–1975 David E. Zwart Allendale, MI 2017 $1,000.00
Iowa by the Sea: Long Beach and the Annual Iowa Picnics Wayne Anderson Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00
Iowa Frontier Settlement and Market Participation, 1830–1870 Jeff Bremer Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Iowa's Carnegie Influencers: The Role of Iowans in the Acquisition of Carnegie Grants Shana Stuart Coralville Linn 2022 $1,000.00