National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)

National Coalition of Independent Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professional affiliation, support services, and camaraderie to scholars outside of tenured academia. Although based in the United States, our membership and activities extend internationally, and by January 2017 NCIS Full and Associate members comprised over 200 scholars in fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. Membership is open to scholars across all disciplines. NCIS assesses the qualifications of each membership candidate for intellectual contribution, scholarly rigor, and independent status prior to acceptance. NCIS is an affiliate of the American Historical Association and a member of the The Alliance of Nonprofits.

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  • NCIS Conference Support Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • Elisabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (jointly funded by NCIS and Margaret DeLacy)
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We at NCIS are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the 2017 Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize. This year's award drew a strong field: as Committee Chair Joan Cunningham says:

The Grant Awards Committee is pleased to announce the results of the Fall cycle of NCIS grants. Two winners emerged from a strong field, with a Research Grant being awarded to Ilan Fuchs, to support a research trip to Israel for his book on Spiritual Socialism and Poalei Agudat Yisrael Left: An Orthodox Interpretation to Socialism.

British member Lucy Crisfield received a Dorbrecht Grant through NCIS to support her research on Sanskrit for yoga students, and reports on "some wonderful news" with regard to the most recent article she wrote as part of her time funded by Dorbrecht. Lucy published the article on the UK yoga teachers  Facebook page and it went mini-viral in the yoga world. It had 667 shares and over 4,000 people have visited Lucy's website in the last couple of weeks.

The 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities  (Hofstra University,NY, June 1-4, 2017) was attended by Dr Yvonne Groseil and Dr Susan Breitzer, both of whom were supported by NCIS grants.


The independent scholar (TIS)

The Independent Scholar (TIS) is the NCIS online peer-reviewed and open access journal. All members of NCIS affiliated organizations are eligible to submit manuscripts to TIS for peer review. Check Submission and Review Guidlines.


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