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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 City Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Food for My Enemies: The First Friendship Train in Iowa David Mills 2021 $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
Lost Lake: A Deep Map of a Farm Field Kristen Greteman 2021 $1,000.00
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
Manicuring Midwestern Girlhood in Black Des Moines, 1915-1950 Sarah J. Eikleberry 2021 $1,000.00
Migrant Education and the Social Construction of Mexican-American Learners in Iowa Deirdre M. Dougherty 2021 $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
America's Forgotten Vice President: The Life and Political Thought of Charles Curtis Jason Phillips 2022 $1,000.00
Louis Szathmary, Larger than Life with an Archive to Match Jill Nussel 2022 $1,000.00
The Atlantic Northern and Souther Railroad Saga, 1907-1936 H. Roger Grant 2022 $1,000.00
Iowa's Jay "Ding" Darling: The Art of Collaborative Conservation at the Local Level Matthew Lindaman 2022 $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
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
Iowa's Embrace and Resistance to Nationalized Retail Commerce Through Mail Order Catalogs, 1897-1914 Sarah Johnson 2023 $1,500.00