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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 Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. 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 Sort descending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Dakota Prisoners, ABCFM Missionaries, and the Davenport Press Linda M. Clemmons Bloomington, IL 2016 $1,000.00
Annie Turner Wittenmyer and the Professionalization of Women’s Paid Labor Lisa G. Guinn Fayette Fayette 2014 $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
The Tama Philharmonic Society’s Iowa Composers Concerts Marian Wilson Kimber Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
Redefining the Flapper: An Examination of Iowan Women in the Roaring Twenties Marissa Stangl Cedar Rapids Linn 2022 $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
Czechs in Iowa: History, Places, and Opportunities for Further Research Martin Nekola 2022 $1,000.00
Preserving Sacred Spaces: A History of Effigy Mounds National Monument, 1890–1999 Mary Wise Iowa City Johnson 2016 $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
Iowa's Jay "Ding" Darling: The Art of Collaborative Conservation at the Local Level Matthew Lindaman 2022 $1,000.00
The Camp Dodger Matthew R. Lindaman Winona, MN 2016 $1,000.00
The UNIque Story of the University of Northern Iowa’s Domed Stadium Matthew R. Lindaman Winona, MN 2019 $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
Pipelines, Private Property, and Populism: Midwestern Landowners and the Opposition to Oil Infrastructure in the 1970s Michael Brickey 2022 $1,000.00
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
The Company, the Independent, and the International: Changing Ideas of Unionism in Iowa’s Meatpacking Industry,1960–1970 Michelle Martindale West Lafayette, IN 2018 $1,000.00
Churchwomen, Church Building, and Print Culture in the Construction of Black Citizenship in Iowa, 1868-1900 Mila W. Kaut 2021 $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
"Red Organizer Held at Marion": The Industrial Works of the World, Criminal Syndicalism, and the Legal Aftermath of WWI in Iowa, 1919-1924 Nathan Tye 2023 $1,500.00
Confronting the Tramp Nuisance: Hobo Life in Iowa, 1890–1930 Nathan Tye Urbana, IL 2017 $1,000.00