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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
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
Railroad Maps as Windows to Iowa History Gerald A. Danzer Itasca, IL 2014 $1,000.00
The Women’s Relief Corps and Union Women’s Organizational Activism, 1861–1920 John C. Kennedy Lafayette, IN 2016 $1,000.00
Veterans on the Land: Agriculture, Masculine Work, and the Disabled Veterans of the Great War in Iowa Evan P. Sullivan Latham, NY 2019 $1,000.00
Voices for Change: Women and Chautauqua at the Turn of the Century Sarah Bell Lawrence, KS 2014 $1,000.00
The Queer Pastoral in Iowa: Sexuality and Landscape at the Stone City Art Colony Christopher Hommerding Madison, WI 2014 $1,000.00
Community Identity, Rock & Roll, & Baby Boomer Nostalgia in Clear Lake, Iowa Anna Thompson Hajdik Madison, WI 2017 $1,000.00
Farming by Rail: Perry G. Holden, Iowa’s Demonstration Trains, and the Rise of Mobile Agricultural Experiment Stations David D. Vail Manhattan, KS 2014 $1,000.00
Lonely Sentinel: A History of Fort Madison, 1808–1813 Patrick J. Jung Milwaukee, WI 2015 $1,000.00
The Return to Ne ko to si ye: Meskwaki Village Life, 1857–1902 Erik D. Gooding Moorhead, MN 2015 $1,000.00
Goodbye to the 4-F’s: Iowa’s Judy Klemesrud and the Transformation in News Coverage of American Women Wayne Svoboda New York, NY 2016 $1,000.00
The Last Holdout to Progress: Straightening the Skunk River, 1908–1920 Joseph W. Otto Norman, OK 2014 $1,000.00
Getting Rid of the Gumbo: Good Roads Trains, “Scientific Localism” and the Culture of Iowa Road Improvement, 1904–1927 Amanda L. Katz Pittsburgh, PA 2019 $1,000.00
“Whether My Days Be Many or Few”: The Civil War Letters of Matthew Kemper Donald C. Elder III Portales, NM 2019 $1,000.00
Iowans in the Cold War Kevin Y. Kim Seattle, WA 2018 $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