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 by having a more complete understanding of the state.

"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 will award Center for Missouri Studies fellowships in 2022 to scholars working on projects examining post–World War II immigration in southwest Missouri and the role of police matrons, predecessors to policewomen, who served in cities and towns across the state.

Craig R. Amason, special projects coordinator for the Duane G. Meyer Library at Missouri State University in Springfield, will receive a fellowship for his proposed study, “The Impact of Immigration in McDonald County in the Twenty-First Century.” McDonald, in Missouri’s southwest corner, has become home to immigrant and refugee populations from Central and South America, Somalia, Sudan, Micronesia, and Myanmar. Many of these newcomers work at poultry processing facilities in the multi-state Ozarks region.

Amason’s study will examine the impact of immigrant groups on the economy, politics, and social and religious fabric of McDonald County and southwest Missouri. He plans to conduct oral history interviews with local leaders, business owners, social workers, immigrants, and refugees while also making use of census data and other government sources.

Connie Yen, director of the Greene County Archives and Records Center in Springfield, has received a fellowship to study the history of police matrons in Missouri. Several Missouri cities, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Joplin, St. Joseph, and others, added police matrons to their police departments beginning in the late nineteenth century, often as a result of pressure applied by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Police matrons typically supervised women prisoners and also worked with juveniles, in an era when police departments did not yet employ policewomen.

Amason and Yen will hold their appointments for the 2022 calendar year. Each will write a scholarly essay for possible publication in the Missouri Historical Review, the quarterly journal of the State Historical Society of Missouri, and may also make a public presentation of their work. Each fellowship award includes a stipend of $5,000. New topics for the fellowships are introduced each year.

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