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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 Sort ascending City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Grant Wood and Hollywood Sandra Hudson Iowa City Johnson 2022 $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
Union Memory of the Civil War: An Iowa Case Study Robert J. Cook United Kingdom 2014 $1,000.00
Americanizing the Heartland: The Quest for Immigrant Loyalty in Iowa during World War I Robert F. Zeidel Afton, MN 2015 $1,000.00
Campaigning for the Farm: Electoral Rhetoric and the Farm Crisis, 1975–1988 Rebecca Stoil Baltimore, MD 2015 $1,000.00
From Bioprospecting to Biodiesel: Soy Commodity Frontiers in the Twentieth Century Rachel C. Steely Cambridge, MA 2018 $1,000.00
Lost in the Heartland: Missing Children, the Midwestern Character, and the Boy on the Milk Carton Paul Mokrzycki Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
Religion and Reform in Iowa’s “Progressive City,” 1890–1910 Paul Emory Putz Waco, TX 2016 $1,000.00
Religious Liberty without RFRA in Iowa Paul Baumgardner and Brian K. Miller Ewing, NJ & Arlington, VA 2018 $1,000.00
Lonely Sentinel: A History of Fort Madison, 1808–1813 Patrick J. Jung Milwaukee, WI 2015 $1,000.00
Food, Family Farms, and the Crisis of the 1980s Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Ames Story 2018 $1,000.00
The 1898 American Cereal Company Strike in Cedar Rapids: Gender, Ethnicity, and Labor Activism in Late Nineteenth-Century Iowa Pam Stek Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
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
Confronting the Tramp Nuisance: Hobo Life in Iowa, 1890–1930 Nathan Tye Urbana, IL 2017 $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
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
Churchwomen, Church Building, and Print Culture in the Construction of Black Citizenship in Iowa, 1868-1900 Mila W. Kaut 2021 $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
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
Pipelines, Private Property, and Populism: Midwestern Landowners and the Opposition to Oil Infrastructure in the 1970s Michael Brickey 2022 $1,000.00