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Grant Applications Open in February 2021

Grants and Research Committee Chair, the Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, invites applications for grants to be awarded in 2021. 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.


  • Submission deadline is May 1st.
  • REGULAR GRANTS — submit with materials attached (.PDF preferred) to the Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Grants Chair,
  • ROBERT W. PRICHARD PRIZE — 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, 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 other resources available or being pursued, especially if grant made 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 applications include (next awarded 2022):

  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. A letter from the committee chair or member is sufficient.

Robert W. Prichard Prize

This prize will be next awarded in July 2022 with the application process opening February 1, 2022. 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.

Applicants may submit a 

dissertation for consideration which was successfully defended between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021. 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 $2000 prize.

Recipients must return a Grant Acceptance Form 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, 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


The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church awarded grants to 4 recipients in 2020 to support significant research, publications and projects 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 journal of the Historical Society. Applications for consideration were reviewed by the Grants Committee with final awards determined by the Board of Directors at their meeting in June. $13,000 was available for grants in the 2020 budget.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Chair of the Grants Committee, announced recipients from applications received.

  • Tucker Adkins, Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University, to pursue archival research at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, and the National Library of Wales, Aberytswyth, as part of his examination of C18 evangelicalism as a material phenomenon, in which early evangelical leaders challenged traditional notions of Christian space.

  • Juan Fernandez, Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, to pursue archival research at the Episcopal Archives, Austin, as part of his investigation into the interplay of muscular Christianity, Episcopal/Anglican missionary praxis, and the headhunter cultures of the northern Philippines and Borneo.
  • Jacob Hiserman, PhD candidate at the University of Alabama, to archival research at the W.R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections at the University of the South, as part of his inquiry into the influence of the Oxford Movement upon the liturgical sensibilities of Sewanee and other colleges in the American South from 1865–1900.
  • Hannah Hooker, Associate Rector of Christ Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, awarded $2000 for archiving supplies and fire-proof storage for the preservation of the records of the oldest Episcopal church in the Diocese.

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