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.

October 1:
November award
April 1:
May award
  • NCIS Research Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • NCIS Conference Support Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • Elisabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (jointly funded by NCIS and Margaret DeLacy)
More information on all NCIS grants and NCIS-administered grants can be found on the Grants page of this site, or contact



Welcome new members from Australia, Canada, Ghana and the United States!

NCIS is sad to report that Peter K. ABRAHAMS of Portland, Oregon passed away unexpectedly on March 4th, 2018, aged 62, in Los Angeles. Peter was born March 19th, 1955, in Los Angeles, and graduated Reed College in 1977. An avid astronomer, woodworker, and independent scholar, Peter devoted much of his life to researching and writing about the history of telescopes and binoculars.

NCIS welcomes 12 new members based in Thailand, Ireland and United States with disciplines that include community medicine, Arabic and Islamic studies, film, and human resource management.

Four new editors are joining the Editorial Board of TIS, your open-access peer-reviewed academic journal.


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.


Contact us

National Coalition of Independent Scholars