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Grants & Awards

Submission Deadline May 1, 2020

Grants and Research Committee Chair, the Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, invites applications for grants to be awarded in 2020. Grants are awarded for the Society’s objectives, especially the promotion of the preservation of the particular heritage of the Episcopal Church and its antecedents. Recipients are expected to make an appropriate submission to the Society’s journal, Anglican and Episcopal History.

Regular Grants

Applications for a regular grant may come from individuals, academic organizations and ecclesiastical groups. Requests are received that will support significant research, conferences, and publication relating to the history of the Episcopal Church as well as the Anglican church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. A typical request often includes travel funding, dissertation research, or seed money or support of a larger project. Examples of awards funded include support of documentary films, dissertation research, publication of books and articles, support for a history conference and other purposes. Regular grants are generally $500-$2,000, depending on the number of grants approved and available.

Robert W. Prichard Prize

The Robert W. Prichard Prize recognizes the best Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Phil. dissertation which has considered 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 longtime HSEC board member and president and noted historian and author in the discipline.

This prize will be next awarded in 2022. Applicants may submit a dissertation for consideration which was successfully defended between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021. The process opens February 1, 2022. 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 of the prize will be announced in July 2022 and receive a $2000 prize.


  • Submission deadline is May 1, 2020.
  • REGULAR GRANT — submit with materials attached (.PDF preferred) to the Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Grants Chair,
  • ROBERT W. PRICHARD PRIZE — the prize will be awarded in 2022. Submission opens February 2022.
  • If material is too large for one email, send in multiple emails or contact the Dr. Tobin for additional transfer options.
  • If you have difficulties, contact the Director of Operations,

Regular Grant applications include:

  1. A statement of no more than 500 words on the subject and purpose of the research or project, including an 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 what other resources are available or being pursued, especially if this grant is made at an amount less than requested;
  5. Indicate how you learned about the HSEC 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 applications include (next awarded in 2022):

  1. A statement of 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 full electronic version of the dissertation, complete with all scholarly apparatus; 
  3. A concise curriculum vitae;
  4. Indicate how you learned about the HSEC grants program;
  5. Certification of a successful defense between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021. A letter from the committee chair or member would suffice.

Grants Awarded are Announced in July

Recipients must return a Grant Acceptance Form before funds are released. The form details requirements (including a W-9 or other documentation), attribution in any publication drawn upon the project supported, submission of a report of accomplishments, and gives permission for the Society to publish recipients' names and titles of research or projects. It is expected recipients will make submission to Anglican and Episcopal History, when appropriate. A 1099 will be provided at the end of the tax year as grants may be taxable. Consult with your tax adviser.


The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church awarded grants to 11 recipients in 2019 to support scholars in significant research and publications related to the history of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Recipients are encouraged to publish, when appropriate, in Anglican and Episcopal History, the quarterly academic journal of the Society. Applications received were reviewed by a committee, with recipients determined by the Board of Directors at their meeting in June at Trinity College, Toronto. $13,000 in grants were awarded. The Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Chair of the Grants Committee, announced recipients from applications received.

  • Patricia Allen, Communications Coordinator at St John’s Episcopal Church in New York, to undertake archival research and interviews for a biography of Mother Ruth, African-American Episcopal nun and founder of the Community of the Holy Spirit in New York.
  • Christopher M. Babits, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, to pursue archival research at Yale and Trinity Wall Street related to the role of American Protestantism in both the promotion and rejection of conversion therapy among LGBT people.
  • Daive A. Dunkley, Assistant Professor of Black Studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia, to pursue archival research at Weston Library, University of Oxford, pertaining to his work on the role of slaves in the British Caribbean in the development of Anglican identity.
  • Daniel E. Imoru, PhD candidate at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, to pursue dissertation research on the impact of Anglican Christianity on the cultural beliefs and practices of the Iteso people of Western Kenya.
  • Gian Luigi Gugliermetto, Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church (Episcopal), Ontario, California, to facilitate the publication of Gli Anglicani: un profilo storico e teologico, a study of Anglican history and theology in Italian.
  • Corinne Marasco, Archivist of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia, towards the organization and preservation of the parish’s extensive collection of historical documents.
  • Christopher F. Minty, Assistant Editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society; and Peter W. Walker, Lecturer in History at the University of Wyoming; towards their project to publish a critical edition of the correspondence of Myles Cooper, American loyalist clergyman and scholar.
  • Cordelia Moyse, on behalf of St James’ Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for the purchase and installation of an exterior interpretive panel on the grounds of the church, exploring African American experience and the struggle for racial justice in Lancaster.
  • Mitchell Oxford, PhD candidate at the College of William and Mary, to examine the archive of Bishop Philander Chase at Kenyon College in Ohio, as part of a larger inquiry into the process of ‘democratization’ within American Christianity during the early nineteenth century.
  • Martha Ray, on behalf of St John’s Episcopal Church, Tallahassee, Florida, towards the campaign to research and conserve the church’s historic cemetery, located in the heart of the state capital.
  • Roger Revell, PhD candidate at Selwyn College Cambridge, towards participation in academic conferences pertaining to his dissertation on the Elizabeth Puritan theologian William Perkins.

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