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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
The Middle West and the Heartland of American Wrestling during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era Nicholas Porter St. Louis, MO 2016 $1,000.00
The 1898 American Cereal Company Strike in Cedar Rapids: Gender, Ethnicity, and Labor Activism in Late Nineteenth-Century Iowa Pam Stek Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
Food, Family Farms, and the Crisis of the 1980s Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Ames Story 2018 $1,000.00
Lonely Sentinel: A History of Fort Madison, 1808–1813 Patrick J. Jung Milwaukee, WI 2015 $1,000.00
Religious Liberty without RFRA in Iowa Paul Baumgardner and Brian K. Miller Ewing, NJ & Arlington, VA 2018 $1,000.00
Religion and Reform in Iowa’s “Progressive City,” 1890–1910 Paul Emory Putz Waco, TX 2016 $1,000.00
Lost in the Heartland: Missing Children, the Midwestern Character, and the Boy on the Milk Carton Paul Mokrzycki Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
From Bioprospecting to Biodiesel: Soy Commodity Frontiers in the Twentieth Century Rachel C. Steely Cambridge, MA 2018 $1,000.00
Campaigning for the Farm: Electoral Rhetoric and the Farm Crisis, 1975–1988 Rebecca Stoil Baltimore, MD 2015 $1,000.00
Americanizing the Heartland: The Quest for Immigrant Loyalty in Iowa during World War I Robert F. Zeidel Afton, MN 2015 $1,000.00
Union Memory of the Civil War: An Iowa Case Study Robert J. Cook United Kingdom 2014 $1,000.00
The Big Sioux: A Story of Industrial Agriculture, Globalization, and a Small Iowa River Robert K. Schneiders Sioux City Woodbury 2019 $1,000.00
Grant Wood and Hollywood Sandra Hudson Iowa City Johnson 2022 $1,000.00
Voices for Change: Women and Chautauqua at the Turn of the Century Sarah Bell Lawrence, KS 2014 $1,000.00
Manicuring Midwestern Girlhood in Black Des Moines, 1915-1950 Sarah J. Eikleberry 2021 $1,000.00
“Eyes Right” in Des Moines: Rearing Respectability at the Blue Triangle YWCA, 1919–1947 Sarah J. Eikleberry Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
Iowa's Embrace and Resistance to Nationalized Retail Commerce Through Mail Order Catalogs, 1897-1914 Sarah Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
Iowa's Carnegie Influencers: The Role of Iowans in the Acquisition of Carnegie Grants Shana Stuart Coralville Linn 2022 $1,000.00
“Speaking Truth to Power”: The Story of the Palo 13 Sharon M. Lake Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00
A Transnational History of Chinese Students in Iowa, 1910s–1930s Shu Wan Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00