Society of Indiana Pioneers Fellowships
The Society of Indiana Pioneers annually awards Society of Indiana Pioneers Fellowships to support research in the field of pioneer Indiana history for the master’s thesis and the doctoral dissertation. The Society of Indiana Pioneers was founded in 1916, during the centennial celebration of Indiana’s statehood, “to honor the memory and the work of the pioneers of Indiana.” Membership includes individuals who have an ancestor who settled in an Indiana county during the pioneer period (generally defined as before 1840, with some exceptions) and people who have an interest in this period of Hoosier history. To fulfill its mission, the Society maintains a significant genealogical database culled from its membership records, sponsors annual spring and fall “pilgrimages” to historical sites within the state, and partners with other history-related organizations.
There will be two fellowships awarded annually, $2,000 to support research for a master’s thesis in the pioneer period of Indiana history and $3,000 for doctoral dissertation research. For the purposes of the fellowship program, the pioneer period of Indiana is defined as pre-1850. Only students at graduate institutions in Indiana are eligible for these fellowships. The deadline for application is April 15th of each year.
Questions about the fellowship program may be directed to the Society in the following ways:
The Society of Indiana Pioneers is pleased to support research at the graduate level in the pioneer period of Indiana history, thus further carrying out its mission.
The Society of Indiana Pioneers offers two fellowships, awarded annually; $2,000 to support research for a master’s thesis and $3,000 for doctoral dissertation research for research in the field of Indiana pioneer history (pre-1850).
There is no application form. Applications consisting of the following materials should be mailed by April 15th of each year, to:
Society of Indiana Pioneers Fellowship Committee