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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
Joel E. Hendricks and The Analyst: Mathematical Publishing “on the borders of civilization,” 1873–1883 Deborah A. Kent Des Moines Polk 2015 $1,000.00
Iowa’s Role in Ethanol Development before the 1970s Energy Crisis Jeffrey T. Manuel Edwardsville, IL 2016 $1,000.00
Religious Liberty without RFRA in Iowa Paul Baumgardner and Brian K. Miller Ewing, NJ & Arlington, VA 2018 $1,000.00
Socialism in Madrid, Iowa, 1910–1920 Thomas F. Jorsch Fayette Fayette 2015 $1,000.00
Annie Turner Wittenmyer and the Professionalization of Women’s Paid Labor Lisa G. Guinn Fayette Fayette 2014 $1,000.00
Constructing Nordic Cultural Heritage in Decorah, Iowa: From “Luther College Museum” to “Vesterheim: The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center Daniel R. Maher Fayetteville, AR 2018 $1,000.00
Religious Conflict in Southeastern Iowa, 1839–1846 Brady G. Winslow Fort Worth, TX 2017 $1,000.00
The Tama Philharmonic Society’s Iowa Composers Concerts Marian Wilson Kimber Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
Class Identities and Working-Class Conservatism: A Community Study of Unions, Class, and Politics in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1968 Jason A. Whisler Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
Iowa by the Sea: Long Beach and the Annual Iowa Picnics Wayne Anderson Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00
Working Hard and Living Out: Adolescence in Nineteenth-century Dubuque Jennifer E. Mack Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
“When the Hens Begin to Lay”: Rural Women in The Woman’s Standard, 1886–1911 Stephanie A. Grossnickle-Batterton Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00
Bertha Shambaugh: Domestic Life as Artistic Practice Andrea M. Truitt Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
A Transnational History of Chinese Students in Iowa, 1910s–1930s Shu Wan Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
She was wearing a Scarf: A 2004 University of Iowa Asian Hate Crime Jin Chang Iowa City Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
“Speaking Truth to Power”: The Story of the Palo 13 Sharon M. Lake Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00
Camp Hantesa, Boone, IA: Summer camp as formative to the lives of girls and women growing up in the 1940s-1970s Stacey Hockett Sherlock Iowa City Johnson 2022 $1,000.00
The Keokuk Teachers Strike of 1970 and the Origins of Iowa’s Public Employment Relations Act John W. McKerley Iowa City Johnson 2018 $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
Preserving Sacred Spaces: A History of Effigy Mounds National Monument, 1890–1999 Mary Wise Iowa City Johnson 2016 $1,000.00