Center for Missouri Studies


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.

See 2019 Fellowship Awards

2020 Fellowships

The State Historical Society of Missouri is inviting applications for the 2020 Center for Missouri Studies fellowships. The applications period will open on June 1 and close on September 1. Each competitive fellowship offers a $5,000 stipend to complete a scholarly research project in a designated Missouri history field. Fellowship recipients gain an opportunity to publish their work in the Missouri Historical Review and to make a public presentation of their project. Topics for the 2020 fellowships will be announced later this spring.

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