The National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)

NCIS welcomes people who are pursuing knowledge in or across any fields whose credentials demonstrate an active involvement in independent scholarship in any field, as evidenced by advanced degrees or presentations/publications. Further qualification is that the scholar not be employed on a full-time basis by an academic institution or other organization in the field to which their independent scholarly activity pertains. Graduate students intent on pursuing independent scholarship, adjunct faculty, and others tangentially associated with academic institutions who do not receive financial support for their scholarly activities are eligible.
NCIS was formed in January 1989 to facilitate the work of independent scholars. NCIS objectives are to:

  • Bring independent scholars together to share scholarly interests and expertise
  • Improve access to research libraries for independent scholars
  • Offer independent scholars information and advice about grants and fellowships and about publishing.
  • Encourage foundations and institutes to open competitions to independent scholars and to include them on review committees
  • Hold conferences and workshops of interest to independent scholars and to the public
  • Offer grants-in-aid to NCIS members and small grants to affiliates
  • Serve as administrator for members applying for grants
  • Encourage information exchange through publications and electronic communication
  • Aid organizations of independent scholars by collecting and sharing organization experience and by publicizing their work
  • Provide information for the creation of local organizations of independent scholars

Thinking of joining NCIS? Here are some of the additional benefits of membership:

  • Members have access to Foundation Center's Grants to Individuals Online, a service that provides access to thousands of grants available to independent scholars, grant writing training, and more.
  • Members are eligible for numerous grants that are limited to members of NCIS.
  • Members receive a Membership Card that can be used at research institutions and other places as a form of identification that indicates their membership in the organization.
  • Members may expand their network of scholars with similar research interests.
  • Members may get involved in the administration of NCIS, write articles or book reviews for our member publication, The Independent Scholar.
  • Members are eligible to have member web pages to showcase their talent or to serve as a tool for self-promotion.
  • Members may request an e-mail address to show their affiliation.
  • Members may order business cards that include the NCIS logo.
  • Members have access to our membership directory, enabling them to connect with other independent scholars in their local geographic area or within their areas of interest.

To learn more about NCIS, visit the About Us page and the Benefits page.  Follow our activities, announcements, and discussions on Twitter, Facebook, and H-Scholar.


NCIS Nominating Committee Seeks Nominations for the Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for Board candidates. Our Bylaws state:
“Candidates shall be selected by a Nominating Committee from a pool of NCIS Members by operation of one of the following:
a) proposed by members of the Nominating Committee
b) self-proposed
c) proposed by other NCIS Members.”
We have several open seats on the Board for appointment and one seat for election in November. You may volunteer yourself, and/or you may propose another NCIS Member. Please check first with the persons you want to nominate that they are wiling to have their names put forward. Nominees will be contacted personally and we will explain the nomination process and discuss what Board service entails.
Please respond to:
Janet Wasserman
Chair, Nominating Committee
Secretary, NCIS

Event: San Diego Independent Scholars

"SPACE, TIME, and ENVIRONMENTALISM IN SAN DIEGO: Corporate-Backed Sprawl and the Rise of Environmental and Taxpayer Politics, 1968-1973"
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Free Parking in the Gilman Parking Structure)
Andrew Wiese, professor of history at San Diego State University, will discuss the local impact of changes in US real estate development during the 1960s and early 1970s which were a catalyst for popular environmentalism.
New flows of capital between builders and investors, including direct investment by Fortune 500 companies and the growth of the first nationwide home-building firms, produced a historic peak in US construction between 1969 and 1973.  The speaker will describe a case study of San Diego which indicates that these changes played a key role in the era's burst of environmental reform.  It also reveals an entangled history of environmental and taxpayer politics rooted in the spatial and financial changes of accelerated real estate development.  Locally, the corporate real estate boom brought together environmental concerns and taxpayer anxieties to produce a right-leaning environmental backlash that would have long influence in the city.
Wiese, a specialist in American urban history, is the author of "Places of Their Own: African-American Suburbanization in the 20th Century" (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and co-editor of "The Suburb Reader",  (Routledge, 2006), which is a history of suburbia.  He has served on  the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association and the Society for the American City.