The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church invites applications from individual scholars as well as academic and ecclesiastical groups for grants to support significant research, conferences, and publications relating to the history of the Episcopal and Anglican churches in North America, the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the Church of England. Grants are usually modest, generally $1,000-$2,000, though more or less may be awarded depending on number of awards and amount of funds available. Typical grants include travel to archives, collections or resources, dissertation research, and seed money for larger projects.
2018 Grant Recipients
The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church is pleased to announce its 2018 grant awards. Applications received were reviewed by a committee, with recipients determined by the Board of Directors at their meeting in June at Virginia Theological Seminary. $13,000 in grants were awarded. The Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Chair of the Grants Committee, announced recipients from the applications received. Grants 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.
- Pusey House Library, Oxford, England, towards the electronic cataloguing of its collection, specifically those volumes about the history of the Episcopal Church and the Church of England in the eighteenth century.
- Chrissy Yee Lau, Assistant Professor in Humanities at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, to undertake two research trips and present at the 2019 Tri-History Conference, as part of her work on the role of the Japanese Episcopal Mission in Los Angeles during the 1920s.
- Russell M. Lawson, Professor of History at Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, to pursue research at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston as part of a project investigating the intellectual relationship between C17 scientist Robert Boyle and New England cleric John Eliot.
- John E. Magerus, Archivist of the James DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin, to investigate primary material about the family and early life of James DeKoven at archives in Connecticut, as part of a projected biography.
- The Episcopal Center for Children, Washington, DC, towards organizing, cataloguing, and digitizing its archives. This project is undertaken as part of the Center’s 125th anniversary celebrations coming up in 2019.
- John Saillant, Professor of English and History at Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, Michigan, to pursue research into African-American Episcopalianism in C19 Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence.
Submission for 2019 grants will open February 2019.
Deadline for submission is May 1, 2019.
Deadline for submission is May 1, 2019.
- Submit requests by email with materials attached (.PDF preferred) to the Rev. Dr. Robert Tobin, Grants Chair at [submissions open February 1, 2019].
- Deadline for submission is May 15, 2019.
- Letters of recommendation may be sent separately using the same method.
- If a file is too large for one email, send in multiple emails.
- If you have difficulties, contact the Director of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application material submitted should include:
- 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;
- A bibliography or reference list of no more than a single page;
- A concise curriculum vitae or resume of the proposer;
- A projected budget with amount requested and detail of its use. Explain what other resources are available or being pursued, especially if this grant might be made at an amount less than requested.
- Indicate how you learned about the HSEC grants program;
- At least two (2) letters of recommendation or support from those familiar with the proposer and project (for a graduate student, we expect one from the main supervising professor).
Grant recipients announced in July.
If a request is granted, recipients need to return the 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.