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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
Democracy Has Iowa Roots: Rural Reeducation and New Deal Environmentalism on a Subsistence Homestead Michael Bowman Ames Story 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
Iowa Frontier Settlement and Market Participation, 1830–1870 Jeff Bremer Ames Story 2016 $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 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
Campaigning for the Farm: Electoral Rhetoric and the Farm Crisis, 1975–1988 Rebecca Stoil Baltimore, MD 2015 $1,000.00
Dakota Prisoners, ABCFM Missionaries, and the Davenport Press Linda M. Clemmons Bloomington, IL 2016 $1,000.00
The Farmers’ Lawyers: Small-Town Lawyers and Rural Identity Emily A. Prifogle Bloomington, IN 2018 $1,000.00
Reclaiming the Hearts and Minds: Hungarian and Romanian Participants in the Iowa International Writing Program during the Cold War (1967–1989) Szabolcs László Bloomington, IN 2018 $1,000.00
Race and Ethnicity in Iowa History Jeff Bremer Boone Boone 2022 $1,000.00
From Bioprospecting to Biodiesel: Soy Commodity Frontiers in the Twentieth Century Rachel C. Steely Cambridge, MA 2018 $1,000.00
Women’s Equality and the Feminization of Iowa’s One-Room Schools Ashley N. Loper Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2017 $1,000.00
The Professional Life of S. Laura Ensign, Iowa Educator Thomas Connors Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2022 $1,000.00
Redefining the Flapper: An Examination of Iowan Women in the Roaring Twenties Marissa Stangl Cedar Rapids Linn 2022 $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
Iowa's Carnegie Influencers: The Role of Iowans in the Acquisition of Carnegie Grants Shana Stuart Coralville Linn 2022 $1,000.00
Negotiating Downtown: Visions of Urban Renewal in Iowa City, 1960–1972 David S. De La Torre Coralville Johnson 2018 $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
Deep Red Roots: Religion, Ethnicity and the Origins of Sioux County, Iowa’s Conservative Subculture Andrew Klumpp Dallas, TX 2018 $1,000.00
Ferdinand Winslow’s Civil War: Transnational Ties and Complementary Identity Anders B. Rasmussen Denmark 2015 $1,000.00