Sunday, October 22, 2017

King V. Hostick Scholarship

The Illinois State Historical Society and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency are pleased to announce they are taking applications for the annual King V. Hostick Research Scholarships on Illinois History. The Hostick Scholarship was established by the late manuscript dealer King V. Hostick, to provide financial assistance to graduate students in the study of history and library science who are writing dissertations dealing with some aspect of Illinois history. Preference may be given to research conducted at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library), but all Illinois libraries repositories of historic documents and materials will be considered. Stipends are individually determined up to $5,000.

All applications must be received by March 31, 2017.

For further information contact:
Attn: William Furry
Illinois State Historical Society
5255 Shepherd Road
Springfield, Illinois 62704-5408
Office: (217) 525-2781
Fax: (217) 525-2783
Attn: James Cornelius
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. 6th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Guidelines governing applications of King V. Hostick Scholarship:

  1. The applicant must be enrolled in a recognized graduate history or library science degree program in an accredited institution. Applications from other disciplines will be considered at the discretion of the award committee.
  2. The subject of the dissertation must be directly related to Illinois history and must be approved by the graduate committee of the institution. Preference may be given to applicants who require use of the collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library).
  3. The applicant must provide the King V. Hostick Award Committee with: a certified academic transcript of graduate work; a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation director which also certifies that the applicant has been advanced in candidacy; a current vita; a four-to-six page description of the research topic, including methodology, where it stands in the historiography, a bibliography, and sources to be consulted during the award period; and two additional letters of recommendation from faculty members of the applicant’s committee who are familiar with the applicant’s work.
  4. Stipends are individually determined based upon the applicant's research needs. A detailed budget proposal listing travel, lodging, photocopying, and specific collections to be examined at institutions during travel stay should be submitted. If electronic equipment is requested, it must be itemized.
  5. The applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the completed dissertation in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library). Should the dissertation be published as a book, the applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the published book in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library).


Previous Scholarship Winners

Year Name City Amount Title
2006 Thomas W. Bahde Ellensburg, Washington $3,000.00 Race and Justice in the Heartland: Three Nineteenth-Century Lives
2006 Will Cooley Urbana $2,860.00 Holding the Line: Status, Race, and the Middle Class on Chicago's Southside, 1945-1983
2006 Bryan W. Nicholson Urbana $2,300.00 The Price of Americanism: Youth, U.S. Nationalism, and the American League, 1935-1970
2006 John Reda Park Ridge, Illinois $3,000.00 Joining the Union: Land, Race, and Sovereignty in the Illinois Country, 1763-1824
2006 Joshua A. T. Salzmann Oak Park $3,000.00 Safe Harbor: Chicago's Waterfront and the Political Economy of the Built Environment, 1877-1916
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