National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)

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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 NCIS Full and Associate members comprise over 250 scholars in 26 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia as well as Canada and the Americas. 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. Being a scholar in any field requires original contribution to the accumulated knowledge of the chosen discipline.

Our most recent international conference was held at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst in June 2019, on the theme "Making Connections, Meeting Challenges," and we sponsored an International Conference on Creative Research Methods (Manchester, England, September 2023). NCIS also publishes an open access, peer-reviewed journal, The Independent Scholar, now in its 11th volume. 

NCIS is an affiliate of the American Historical Association and a member of the The Alliance of Nonprofits.


Free resources for all independent scholars can be found at

Paid-up members of NCIS can also access additional resources such as podcasts at (You will need to be logged in to access this page).


  • NCIS Research Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • NCIS Conference Support Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • NCIS Special Research Support Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • Amanda Haste Award (funded by NCIS);
  • David Sonenschein Award (funded by NCIS);
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (jointly funded by NCIS and Margaret DeLacy)
More information on all NCIS grants can be found on the Grants page of this site, or contact





The independent scholar (TIS)

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


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National Coalition of Independent Scholars