Organic and Sustainable Agriculture History Research Grants

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture History Research Grants

This research grant, supported by the Wisconsin Historical Society located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, provides access to the resources of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives and other UW campus libraries and supports research and writing on the history of the modern organic and sustainable agriculture movement in the United States. The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives has assembled a growing collection of documentation on organic and sustainable agriculture topics including significant individuals and organizations working in the area of organic and sustainable agriculture, organic certification, state and national organic standards development, marketing organic produce, and other related subjects. An updated list of the organic and sustainable agriculture collections in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Archives may be found here:

Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $2000 in support of travel, living, and/or research expenses. Awards must be used between April 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017 and recipients must reside in Madison during the period of their awards. Successful applicants are expected to present their research at an event to be held at the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2018 and will receive an additional $500 stipend for this purpose. Up to three (3) scholarships will be awarded.


There is no special application form. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and brief research proposal not to exceed three pages. Applicants are also asked to submit a résumé or curriculum vitae. The proposal should emphasize the relationship of Wisconsin Historical Society and University of Wisconsin Libraries collections to the project and include the length and preferred dates of the visit. Send applications to:

Matt Blessing
State Archivist and Administrator
Division of Library, Archives, and Museum Collections
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by March 15, 2017.