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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
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 Social, Political, and Religious Attitudes of Iowa Lutheran Laypersons during the 1920s and 1930s Mark A. Granquist St. Paul, MN 2017 $1,000.00
The Making of a Midwestern Catholicism: Transatlantic Identities, Ethnicity, and Catholic Culture in Iowa City, 1840–1940 Michael J. Pfeifer Sunnyside, NY 2015 $1,000.00
Union Memory of the Civil War: An Iowa Case Study Robert J. Cook United Kingdom 2014 $1,000.00
Confronting the Tramp Nuisance: Hobo Life in Iowa, 1890–1930 Nathan Tye Urbana, IL 2017 $1,000.00
Monumental Uplift: Grand Army Veteran Advocacy for Iowa’s Institutions of Learning, 1880–1920 Jonathan D. Neu Verona, PA 2018 $1,000.00
Religion and Reform in Iowa’s “Progressive City,” 1890–1910 Paul Emory Putz Waco, TX 2016 $1,000.00
“How about some muscle?”: C. H. McCloy and Strength Training Research at the University of Iowa Jason P. Shurley Wales, WI 2019 $1,000.00
The Company, the Independent, and the International: Changing Ideas of Unionism in Iowa’s Meatpacking Industry,1960–1970 Michelle Martindale West Lafayette, IN 2018 $1,000.00
Coping with Drought in Iowa during the 1890s Depression Susan Curtis West Lafayette, IN 2015 $1,000.00
Mad for the Stage: The Hyers Sisters and Gilded Age Theater Kathryn E. Snyder Williamsburg, VA 2017 $1,000.00
The Camp Dodger Matthew R. Lindaman Winona, MN 2016 $1,000.00
The UNIque Story of the University of Northern Iowa’s Domed Stadium Matthew R. Lindaman Winona, MN 2019 $1,000.00