NCIS members can apply for several forms of funding:


·       NCIS Conference Support Grants

·       NCIS Research Grants

·       Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize

·       Pass-through grants administered by NCIS

If you have any queries feel free to contact us on, but please check out the eligibility criteria and submission guidelines first as these will answer most questions.

NCIS Grants

Would you welcome funding to attend a conference, or to pay research-related expenses? To qualify for an NCIS Conference Supprt Grant or an NCIS Research Grant an applicant must have been a paid-up Full Member (or president of an affiliate group) for a minimum of 18 consecutive months at the date of the grant award deadline. Associate members are not eligible for these grants.

Members will be reminded about these grants on about September 1st and March 1st each year, but applications are accepted throughout the year.Please check the guidelines before applying.

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From 2019 we are adding an extra grant cycle, thanks to the generosity of the Center for Independent Study (CIS) in New Haven, which has disbanded after 40 years' service to the IS community.

The deadlines for submission (11:59 ET) are :


1 April (decision by 1 May)

1 October (decision by 1 November)


2019 onwards

1 February (decision by 1 March)

1 June (decision by 1 July)

1 November (decision by 1 December)


Conference Support Grant

Research Grant

For more information about Conference Support or Research Grants please contact

Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize

[Sponsored by NCIS and the family of Professor Eisenstein]

The Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize was established in April 1993 and is named for Elizabeth Lewisohn Eisenstein (1923-2016), Professor of History at American University and the University of Michigan, and mother of Margaret DeLacy, one of NCIS’s founders, in recognition of Professor Eisenstein's long-standing support of NCIS.

The Elizabeth Eisenstein Prize is awarded annually for the best academic journal article or book chapter published by a member of NCIS. The article must have been published in a peer reviewed journal or edited academic book within the last two years, and all authors must be memb​ers of NCIS, whether the authorship is single or multiple. 
The prize brings the winner an honorarium of $350. Subject to the relevant permissions, the winning essay will be reprinted in The Independent Scholar.

NCIS members may submit a paper at any time during the year, but the deadline is April 30 each year and the decision is made by 1 October. To submit a published article for consideration you should send a copy of the article, as a PDF attachment to an email, to the Chairperson of the Awards Committee on to arrive by the stated deadline. An article may only be submitted once for the Eisenstein Prize.

Recent winners include:

2017 Joint winners [Equal 1st place; no runner-up]

Toni Vogel Carey, for “Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand: A Brief History.” Adam Smith Review 9 (2017): 88-104.

 Patricia Silver, for "Remembering Abuela: Memory,authenticity and place in Puerto Rican Orlando." Latino Studies 13.3 (September 2015).

2016 Winners:

 Barbara Ellertson & Janet Seiz (co-authors), for “The Painted Page: Books as Symbols in Renaissance Art.” The Independent Scholar Vol. 1 (2015). 20-33.


 Cindy Bylander, for "Clichés Revisited: Poland’s 1949 Łagów Composers’ Conference." Polski Rocznik Muzykologiczny 2015: 15-34.

[2013-15 NO PRIZE AWARDED due to lack of funds]

2012 Susan Lanzoni

2011 Mary Ann Irwin

2010 Boria Sax


NCIS Administered Grants

Dorbrecht Grants 

The Dorbrecht grants are funded through the Orphiflamme Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and fund NCIS member research on Judaism, Yoga, and the intersections of these disciplines. They will continue until the Dorbrecht funds are exhausted. Recipients must be members of NCIS at Full or Associate level, but can apply immediately after membership has been granted.

Other Pass-Through Grants

NCIS administers other grants which fund individuals at the discretion of donors who wish to remain anonymous. Recipients must be members of NCIS at Full or Associate level, but can apply immediately after membership has been granted.

Can we help you with a third-party grant?

By virtue of its not-for-profit status NCIS is able to administer pass-through grants which would normally require an institution. Recipients must be members of NCIS at Full or Associate level, but can apply immediately after membership has been granted.

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