The Center for Missouri Studies seeks to promote and disseminate scholarship about Missouri's past, including the interdisciplinary study of Missouri history and culture. This initiative advances SHSMO's mission to collect, preserve, and publish the history of the Show-Me State and also prepares for the state's bicentennial celebration in 2021. SHSMO is the General Assembly of Missouri's designated lead institution to spearhead commemorations for Missouri's 200th year of statehood.
The fellowships program is a competition open to both academic and independent scholars, with the winners to be announced at the beginning of each calendar year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay, exclusive of notes, on one of the topics selected each year. Essays must be completed during the calendar year that they are awarded and must reflect significant scholarship in primary sources, evidence familiarity with appropriate secondary sources, and contain endnotes that comply with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. The finished product will be considered for publication in the Missouri Historical Review, although successful completion of the project is no guarantee of publication. In addition, successful applicants will be asked to make a public presentation based on their project at a mutually agreed upon time and place.