Center for Missouri Studies Fellowship

The Center for Missouri Studies educational initiative seeks to promote and disseminate scholarship about Missouri's past, including the interdisciplinary study of Missouri history and culture. The Center 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 by having a more complete understanding of the state. SHSMO is the General Assembly of Missouri's designated lead institution to spearhead commemorations for Missouri's 200th year of statehood.

"The fellowships are designed to promote scholarship in underexplored areas of Missouri history and culture. They encourage us to take notice of the lessons that can be found, when we look at our past in new ways and in new places, such as at the intersection of business and sociology or history and science." – SHSMO executive director Gary Kremer

The fellowships program is a competition open to both academic and independent scholars. 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, 17th 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.

2022 Fellowships

The State Historical Society of Missouri is accepting proposals for two Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships to begin January 1, 2022. 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 two topics listed below. The deadline for proposal submission is October 15, 2021, and the competition is open to both academic and independent scholars.

Topics for 2022 Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships:

  • Women’s history in Missouri. Topics from all time periods and geographic regions of the state will be considered, but preference will be shown to projects centered on women in out-state Missouri.
  • Post–World War II immigration to Missouri. Projects should examine immigrant communities or workforces that have formed in Missouri since World War II. Topics on all regions of the state will be considered, but preference will be given to projects examining the Ozarks or Kansas City.

Deadline for Completion of Application: October 15, 2021

Application Process: Applicants should submit a proposal/application no more than two pages in length that includes the following information:

  • Applicant's name and any institutional affiliation
  • Title of proposed project
  • Brief (250 words or fewer) description of the project
  • List of main primary sources to be used in completion of the project
  • Proposed timeline for completing the project

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae no more than two pages in length providing evidence of ability to complete the project.

Award Announcement: December 15, 2021

Send Applications to: The State Historical Society of Missouri, 605 Elm Street, Columbia, MO 65201, or contact@shsmo.org. Write “The Center Fellowship” in the subject line. For inquiries only, please contact John Brenner, Managing Editor, brennerj@shsmo.org.

Or, complete the form below:


Past Winners

  • 2020
    • Greg Olson, Columbia, MO
    • Kelly Schmidt, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • 2019
    • Thomas Ringenberg, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
    • Huping Ling, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
  • 2018
    • Heidi L. Dodson, Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, Chapel Hill, NC
    • Angela Firkus, Cottey College, Nevada, MO
  • 2017
    • Patricia Cleary, California State University, Long Beach, CA
    • Bryan Winston, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2016
    • Sarah Lirley McCune, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
    • Diane Everman, St. Louis Jewish Community Archives and Taylor Family Archives/Enterprise Holdings, Inc., St. Louis, MO
    • Luke Ritter, Troy University, Troy, AL
  • 2015
    • Patrick Huber, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO
    • Taylor Desloge, Washington University, St. Louis, MO