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Grants and Awards

The Grants and Research Committee of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church will invite applications for grants in the 2023 granting cycle starting February 2023. Grants are awarded for pursuing the Historical Society’s objectives, especially promotion of the preservation of the particular heritage of the Episcopal Church and its antecedents. Grant recipients are expected to make an appropriate submission to the Society’s journal, Anglican and Episcopal History or its features publication, The Historiographer.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 2023


Regular Grants

Applications for regular grants are received from individuals, organizations or ecclesiastical groups. Requests for supporting significant research, conferences, and publication relating to the history of the Episcopal Church as well as the Anglican church in the worldwide Anglican Communion are welcome. A typical request may include travel funding, research expenses, or funds to support of a larger project. Examples of past grants awarded include support of a documentary film, dissertation research, publication of books and articles, and support of a history conference. Regular grants are generally funded for $500-$2,000, depending on the number of grants approved and funds available.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

  • Submission open on February 1st.
  • Submission deadline is May 1st.
  • Prichard Prize submission opens February 1, 2025.
  • Having difficulties? Contact the Director of Operations at administration@hsec.us.

Regular Grant Application and Materials


Submit with materials attached (.PDF preferred) to [link added when submissions are open]. Use multiple emails, if necessary, due to size restrictions or contact the Committee Chair for additional transfer options.

  1. A statement, no more than 500 words, on the subject and purpose of the research or project, including explanation of how it contributes to a shared understanding of the history of the Episcopal Church and/or Anglicanism;
  2. A bibliography or reference list of no more than a single page;
  3. A concise curriculum vitae or resume of the proposer;
  4. A projected budget with amount requested and detail of use. Explain other resources available or pursued, especially if granted funds for an amount less than requested;
  5. Indicate how you learned about the Historical Society's grants program;
  6. At least two (2) letters of recommendation or support from those familiar with the proposer and project (for a graduate student, one from the main supervising professor expected).

Robert W. Prichard Award Application and Materials


Submit with materials attached (.PDF preferred) to [link added when submissions are open]. Use multiple emails, if necessary, due to size restrictions or contact the Committee Chair for additional transfer options

  1. A statement, no more than 500 words, describing how the Episcopal or Anglican element of the work is a constitutive (not peripheral) part of the dissertation;
  2. A complete digital version of the dissertation, with all scholarly apparatus; 
  3. A concise curriculum vitae;
  4. Indicate how you learned about the Historical Society grants program;
  5. Certification of a successful defense between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021 though a letter from the committee chair or member.

Robert W. Prichard Prize

The Robert W. Prichard Prize recognizes the best Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Phil. dissertation which considers the history of the Episcopal Church (including 17th and 18th century British colonies that became the United States) as well as the Anglican church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The prize is named to honor the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard, a noted historian and author in the discipline who was a longtime member and President of the Historical Society Board.

The next Prichard Prize will be awarded in 2025. Applicants may submit a dissertation for consideration successfully defended between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024. It may be submitted by the author or on their behalf. The dissertation need not focus solely, or even principally, on the history of the Episcopal Church or Anglicanism. The selection committee welcomes dissertations which place that history in conjunction with other strands of church history, or even place it in dialogue with non-ecclesial themes of American history. The Episcopal or Anglican element of the work should be a constitutive, not peripheral, part of the dissertation. Submissions should be a full electronic version of the dissertation, complete with all scholarly apparatus. The recipient will receive a $2,000 prize and be a guest of the Historical Society to receive the award.


If you are awarded a grant or prize, a Grant Acceptance Form must be returned before funds will be released. The form provides requirements including return of a W-9 or other documentation, attribution in any publication drawn upon the project supported, submission of a report of accomplishments, and permission for the Historical Society to publish recipients' names and titles of research or projects. It is expected recipients will make submission to Anglican and Episcopal History, or its features publication, The Historiographer, when appropriate. A 1099 will be provided at the end of the tax year as grants may be taxable  — consult with your tax adviser.

Grants Awarded Announced in July

2021 GRANT RECIPIENTS

  • Sade Oluwakemi Ayeni, MA candidate at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, to pursue fieldwork in Akokoland, as part of her research into the role of women in the growth and development of the Anglican Diocese of Akoko, 1983–2019.

  • Mary Báthory Vidaver, PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi, to pursue archival research at libraries in northern Virginia and at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, as part of her investigation into the role of the Social Gospel among southern white middle-class activists during the first half of the twentieth century.
  • Graydon Dennison, PhD candidate at Temple University, to study the archives of Episcopal missionaries at the Episcopal Archives in Austin as part of his inquiry into how U.S. citizens treated not just the Canal Zone but the entirety of the Panamanian Republic as a colonial space during the period 1912–1936.·
  • Daniel Emoru, PhD candidate at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, to fund completion of his doctoral thesis examining the impact of Anglican Christianity on the cultural beliefs and practices of the Iteso people of Western Kenya.
  • Clayton Koppes, retired professor of history at Oberlin College, Ohio, to examine the archives of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition, housed at the Episcopal Archives, Austin, as part of a book-length project on religious groups’ involvement in the AIDS crisis.
  • The Living Church, for the purchase of a flatbed scanner and part of the stipend of a summer intern, in support of the publication’s continuing digitization project.
  • Jessica Simmons, MA candidate at Oklahoma State University, to examine the Papers of Bishop William Hobart Hare, located at the Episcopal Archives, Austin, as part of her investigation into the relationship between the Episcopal Church and the Indigenous nations living in the Dakotas between 1875–1920.
  • Heather White, assistant professor of Religion and Queer Studies at the University of Puget Sound, to study the archives of William Stringfellow, located at Cornell University, as part of a book-length project on the role of Episcopalians in early gay organizing in New York City, 1945–1980.

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