Below, find genealogy awards, scholarships, and grants grouped by type, and then by submission deadline date. The genealogy awards, scholarships, and grants offered below have no association at all with ConferenceKeeper.org. Please see each individual offerings’ websites for complete details.
Free DNA Tests
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.
The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, co-hosts and producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo and document restoration software, today are partnering to acknowledge and to celebrate those members of the genealogy community who digitize or index photos and other documents of value to genealogical researchers. The Unsung Heroes Awards will be a quarterly genealogy awards program
designed to recognize its recipients in four categories: individuals, genealogical/historical societies,
libraries/archives, and young people.
Due dates for quarterly submissions will be announced on The Genealogy Guys Podcast; The Genealogy Guys Blog; the Unsung Heroes Blog; and at the Vivid-Pix website. Details and links to the nomination form can be found at Aha!Seminars and VividPix.
3rd quarter 2019 Update:
Completed nomination forms are now being accepted for the 2019 Third Quarter awards. Nominations eligible for the third quarter of 2019’s awards must be received no later than midnight US Eastern Standard Time on August 1, 2019. Winners will be announced during the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference in Washington, DC, by Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix.
Due dates for later quarters will be announced on The Genealogy Guys Podcast, The Genealogy Guys Blog, and the Unsung Heroes Blog at the Vivid-Pix website. All nominations received that do not win for this quarter will be reviewed for future quarters recognition
Nomination forms (see below for link to the forms) should be completed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will receive: a custom-made commemorative mug with their choice of two of the winner’s images; an announcement of the winners on an episode of The Genealogy Guys Podcast; and a profile of the winner published on The Genealogy Guys Blog and the Unsung Heroes Blog at the Vivid-Pix website (www.vivid-pix.com). A certificate will be awarded in the name of the posthumous winner.
Full details and links to the nomination forms can be found at the website for Aha! Seminars, Inc., producer of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=24.
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™ 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.
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.
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.
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
Georgia HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship (applications due by 1 February )—open to Georgia public library staff.
June 1, 2018
Laura G. Prescott’s bright smile, gracious friendship, and positive attitude, and many contributions as a teacher, writer, researcher, mentor, society leader, APG president, and director of Ancestry Academy made a significant mark on the genealogical community. In recognition of her friendship to all, her professional accomplishments, and her passion for genealogical education, the genealogical community established the Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship.
A committee personally appointed by Laura will consider applications, and the winner will be guaranteed a seat in the course of his/her choice. Applicants may be any age (young to old) or skill level (amateur, intermediate, advanced, professional), but should exhibit a passion for genealogy, appreciate the importance of education and standards in our field, and serve the community through volunteerism.
Applications are due June 1, and the winner will be announced June 30. Complete entry information here.
June 1, 2018
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, and the winner will be announced June 30. Complete entry information here.
June 1, 2018
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.
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 genealogy 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three $500 scholarships are available. These genealogy 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.