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.

Applicants must submit a proposal for a scholarly essay in one of the selected areas. Typically topics are announced each summer, with deadlines for proposals in the early fall. Subscribe to SHSMO’s Publications and Scholarship emails to be notified when next year’s call for proposals is issued.

2020 Fellowships

The State Historical Society invites applications for two Center for Missouri Studies fellowships in 2020. Applicants should submit a proposal for a study of the history of Missouri or its people during the period when the state was founded: from 1817, when Missouri first petitioned for statehood, through the following twenty years in which the state’s capital city and principal governing institutions were established. Proposals on any aspect of Missouri’s history in this period may be submitted.

The finished project will be considered for publication in a state bicentennial–themed issue of the Missouri Historical Review. Proposals must be received by October 1. For details on how to apply, please visit the Fellowships application page. For other inquiries, please contact John Brenner, managing editor, at or (573) 882-7083.

Apply for the 2020 Fellowship Award

Past Winners

  • 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