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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 County Sort ascending Fiscal year Grant Amount
Science on the Prairie: Thomas H. MacBride, Bohumil Shimek and the Formation of American Science Karen Wellner 2022 $1,000.00
Iowans in the Cold War Kevin Y. Kim Seattle, WA 2018 $1,000.00
Iowa's Embrace and Resistance to Nationalized Retail Commerce Through Mail Order Catalogs, 1897-1914 Sarah Johnson 2023 $1,500.00
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
Religious Liberty without RFRA in Iowa Paul Baumgardner and Brian K. Miller Ewing, NJ & Arlington, VA 2018 $1,000.00
Decolonizing Seeds to Revitalize Lifeways: Regeneration Through Tallgrass Prairie and Bison, Heirloom Seeds, and Food Sovereignty Daniel R. Maher 2023 $1,500.00
Czechs in Iowa: History, Places, and Opportunities for Further Research Martin Nekola 2022 $1,000.00
Ferdinand Winslow’s Civil War: Transnational Ties and Complementary Identity Anders B. Rasmussen Denmark 2015 $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
Mormon Movements in Early Iowa T. Ashton Reynolds 2023 $1,500.00
Paul Jones and the Price of Freedom in the Free Midwest Winifred Redfearn 2022 $1,000.00
Campaigning for the Farm: Electoral Rhetoric and the Farm Crisis, 1975–1988 Rebecca Stoil Baltimore, MD 2015 $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
Governor at War: A Critical Assessment of Governor Samuel Kirkwood's Wartime Response Victoria B. Stewart 2023 $1,500.00
Americanizing the Heartland: The Quest for Immigrant Loyalty in Iowa during World War I Robert F. Zeidel Afton, MN 2015 $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
"Science with Practice": The Development of Agricultural Science and Education at Iowa State University, 1858-1939 Joshua Tonkel 2023 $1,500.00
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
"Red Organizer Held at Marion": The Industrial Works of the World, Criminal Syndicalism, and the Legal Aftermath of WWI in Iowa, 1919-1924 Nathan Tye 2023 $1,500.00
Turning Corn into Magic: Iowa’s Post-WWII Place in the “Magic Circle,” 1946-1960 Jeffrey P. Stone 2021 $1,000.00