Genealogy Grants & Scholarships

The grants and scholarships offered below have no association at all with ConferenceKeeper.org. Please see each individual offering’s website for complete details.

Free DNA Tests

Ongoing:

International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki

Some surname projects offer free DNA tests if you fit the criteria. The ISOGG website has a rather long list of projects offering tests. It’s worth checking out! Click the title for the link. 

 

 Grants

Ongoing:


Seton Shields Genealogy Grants

This quarterly grant from Honoring Our Ancestors’ Megan Smolenyak is given to an organization or person serving the genealogical community at large, or even for smaller community service projects (family newsletter, host a website, organize reunions, etc.)  Named after her mother, Seton Shields, this is Ms. Smolenyak’s personal way of giving back to the genealogy community. Click on the title of the grant for more information.


The Genealogy Fairy™

The Genealogy Fairy™ is a venture generously created by Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy. The goal is to give back to the genealogy community through a series of grants to organizations and individuals undertaking worthwhile genealogy-related projects. Grants are awarded on the 15th of each month. Click on the title of the grant for more information.


The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant

SCGS Jamboree — Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award and full registration scholarship for the annual SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California in June. Application deadline is April 15,  midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Click on the title of the grant for more information.


Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Funding for Genealogical Projects

If your organization has a project that will contribute to the knowledge of genealogical techniques or to the knowledge of genealogy relating to names, places, dates and family histories apply now, we want to help out. Projects can include creating publications, developing databases, digitization of archival material/collections, hosting training sessions and workshops, and the preservation of archival material/collections.  Click on the title of the grant for more information.


December 31

Indiana Genealogical Society Genealogy Grant Program

Grants are up to $1,000 each and may be awarded in three categories:
Cemetery Restoration Grant – Given for a project to restore and/or renovate an Indiana pioneer cemetery.
Resource Development Grant – Given for a project to develop a new Indiana genealogical resource in either a printed or electronic format.

Chapter Resource Grant – Given to an Indiana Genealogical Society Chapter for a project to support the operation of that Chapter.
The grant application deadline is December 31 of each year.  Click on the title of the grant for more information.


Scholarships by Deadline

February 1

HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship

Georgia HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship (applications due by 1 February )—open to Georgia public library staff.


April 1

Italian Genealogical Group 2016 Scholarship

Open to high school seniors of at least 25% Italian descent (one Italian grandparent). Essay and family tree along with application form.  Applications due by April 1, 2017. For more information click the award name, above.


June 1, 2018

SLIG – Jimmy B. Parker Scholarship

The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2018. The scholarship will be awarded to the individual whose essay and application reflect a commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement. Essays and applications are due June 1, 2018, and the winner will be announced June 30. Complete entry information here.


June 1, 2018

SLIG – Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees

Who may apply:  Any past institute participant will testify of the in-depth educational benefits an institute offers. Many consider an institute to be the foundation of their ongoing genealogical education program.  But to the individuals who are eligible for this scholarship, the concept is a new one – a very unique, intriguing way to build a more solid foundation or to take their skills to the next level on a specific topic.  They are probably not yet employed in the industry, or are working in a related non-research position; are most likely not advanced in their research skills; and might even be self-taught.  Regardless of level of experience, they have a few things in common:  1) they have not yet attended any of the national genealogical institutes; 2) they are ready for a more in-depth learning experience at an intermediate (or above) level; and 3) they would like to attend SLIG. If you fit this description, you are eligible to apply. Applications are due June 20, 2017, and the winner will be announced July 1, 2017. Full details here.


August 31

IGHR, Gen-Fed, BU, SLIG, GRIP: The American Society of Genealogists ASG Scholar Award

The ASG Scholar Award provides financial assistance for a developing scholar to attend one of five academic programs in American genealogy: the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), held in Athens, Georgia, under the auspices of the Georgia Genealogical Society; the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), in Washington, D.C.; the Certificate Program in Genealogical Research at Boston University; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG); or the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The recipient of the ASG Scholar Award may register for the program of his or her choice. The award is given in October of each calendar year, with the intention that it is used for genealogical study in the following calendar year. Full entry details here.


September 15

Texas State Genealogical Society Student Scholarship

A Student Scholarship is awarded each year in the amount of $1000 by TSGS to a student with plans to major in history, government, library science or education. Application should be made by September 15 annually.  Click on the title of the grant for more information.


October 1

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship for IGHR

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition to IGHR and is open to anyone (with the exception of members of the BMH Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Exeuctive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies). For criteria & requirements, click on the award name, above. Applications are due by October 1, annually.  Click on the title of the grant for more information.


November 30

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program

Open to aspiring or practicing professional genealogists. The AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program will provide four scholarships that will cover tuition, round-trip economy travel (airfare, train, or bus), and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of the four institutes listed below, not to exceed $2000 per selected recipient. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment in writing.

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed)  Washington, D.C.

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)  Pittsburgh, PA

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)  Amherst, NY

Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR)  Athens, GA

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)Salt Lake City, UT

SLIG Academy for Professionals, Salt Lake City, UT

The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment in writing. Applications are accepted between November and Dececmber. See complete details and instructions  here.


December 1

Frazine K. Taylor African American Research Scholarship

The Frazine K. Taylor African American Research Scholarship (application due by December 1 each year)—open to anyone employed in a repository committed to expanding their knowledge of African American genealogical research.


December 1

IGHR Jean Thomason Scholarship

The scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition to IGHR, is awarded annually and is open to anyone currently employed at a library. For criteria & requirements, click on the award name, above. Applications are due by December 1, annually.  Click on the title of the scholarship for more full details and application instructions.


December 15

John T Humphrey, CG sm Memorial Scholarship – NGS Home Study Program

To encourage those who are pursuing a career in genealogy by demonstrating a strong and serious interest in genealogy. Entry deadline is December 15 annually. Full details here.


December 31

Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship – Gen-Fed

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Research Alumni Association (Gen-Fed Alumni) annually presents the Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $600 to an experienced researcher holding either a paid or volunteer position in the genealogical community.

The scholarship covers full tuition for the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, ticket to the alumni dinner; and partial travel, hotel, and meal costs. The winner will have a reserved slot in Gen-Fed.


 December 31

 Ryan Taylor Scholarship for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Three $500 scholarships are available. These awards will be applied towards courses in the Certificate in Genealogical Studies program offered jointly by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies, PLC and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. (www.genealogicalstudies.com). This scholarship will not be awarded in cash. PREREQUISITE: Applicant must be enrolled or have completed at least one course in the Certificate in Genealogical Studies program. Full details for entry here.

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