Apply for a 2020 Center for Missouri Studies Fellowship

The State Historical Society of Missouri announces two Center for Missouri Studies fellowship opportunities for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2020. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a scholarly essay.

The project must examine an aspect of the history of Missouri or its people during the period in which the state was founded: from roughly 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.

Essays must be completed by the end of calendar year 2020 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 a state bicentennial–themed issue of the Missouri Historical Review, although successful completion of the project is no guarantee of publication. In addition, successful applicants will have an opportunity to make a public presentation based on their project at a mutually agreed upon time and place.

Deadline for Completion of Application: October 1, 2019

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

  • Applicant's name and institutional affiliation, if any
  • 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
  • Evidence of applicant's ability to complete such a project

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae no more than two pages in length.

Award Announcement: December 2019

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

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