Genealogy Awards, Grants & Scholarships

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 Please see each individual offerings’ websites for complete details.

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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. 


BCG Donald Mosher Memorial Award 

This competitive $500 award, established in 2001 by Merrill Hill Mosher, CG, of Oregon, honoring her late husband, is administered by the BCG Education Fund. The Donald Mosher Award funds scholarly research on colonial Virginia topics in the following categories: family genealogy, immigrant place or family origin, and publication of obscure or difficult Virginia resources. The annual deadline is 31 December.

Genealogy’s Unsung Heroes

The due date for the next set of nominations is midnight EDT on January 1, 2021 and should be sent to

Awarded Quarterly

The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the world’s longest running genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of the acclaimed RESTORE photo and document image improvement software, announce a call for nominations for Unsung Heroes Awards.

The partners created the Unsung Heroes Awards in 2019 to encourage, acknowledge and celebrate members of the genealogy community who lead the way in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photos and documents, for use by researchers around the globe. They added a new Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program (see below under Grants) in 2020 for societies to apply to receive a scanner and high-quality software to make digitization projects a reality.

Details and links to the nomination form can be found at Aha!Seminars and VividPix.

Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

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


Deadline May 1

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. Application deadlines are May 1st of the current year. Click on the title of the grant for more information.

Current deadline – January 1, 2021

Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program

This program will award grants to two societies each year to facilitate their digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. The grantees will each receive a high-quality scanner, a backup and online storage software package, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to improve the legibility of documents, the color/contrast of photographs, and to add image tags and other important information to the image metadata. The grant package is valued at $500. The due date for the grant applications is midnight EDT on January 1, 2021 and should be sent to

Full details are available at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at The grant application form and the award nomination form are available there in PDF format for download. If you have any questions, please email or

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

January  1 

GRIP – Donn Devine, JD, CG (Emeritus), FNGS, Scholarship

New GRIP scholarship announced, promising forthcoming details at the GRIP website.

February 1

HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship

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

March 15, 2021

BCG Paul Edward Sluby Sr. African American Scholarship

Applications for scholarships for African Americans to participate in national genealogical institutes are due 15 March 2021. Scholarships will be awarded to up to three African American students, to cover up to $1,700 of the tuition, travel, and lodging expense of attending one of five premier national institutes. BCG will also waive its final application fee of $300 for scholarship recipients who submit portfolios of work to be considered for certification within three years of the announcement of an award.

June 2 

SLIG – Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship

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.

 Complete entry information here.

June 2

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, and the winner will be announced June 30. Complete entry information here.

June 2

SLIG – Intermediate Foundations Scholarship

Who may apply:

While any individual who meets the qualifications may apply, the successful candidate most likely just found out in the last two years that institutes even exist. They are mostly self-taught, have been utilizing a variety of educational resources to build their skills and knowledge base, and are ready for a more in-depth educational experience. They are no longer beginners, but either do not yet have that strong foundation to identify themselves as an intermediate-level researcher, or feel the need to identify and fill some gaps. Applicants should meet the following qualifications:

They have not yet attended, nor will they be attending, any of the national genealogical institutes, prior to SLIG Intermediate Foundations, Fall 2021.
They are experienced in basic genealogical research; confidently use census, vital, and a variety of other record sources to identify ancestors and confirm relationships; and have begun to build upon those skills.
They have utilized a variety of educational opportunities—from conferences to books to webinars—to strengthen their knowledge, but still feel there are gaps to fill.
They are ready for an in-depth, full-length institute course experience.
They have at least five (5) or more hours available each week to complete the required homework for this course.
They have reviewed the course description and outline to identify how this course will help them meet their educational objectives.

 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 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.

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 15

Friends of the Alabama Archives Student Research Fellowships

Each year, the Friends of the Alabama Archives sponsors two $1,000 fellowships which are available to senior-level or graduate students in an Alabama college or university or to an Alabama resident in study at a school outside of the state. The scholarships are intended to help offset expenses incurred while conducting research using the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Awards are based on evaluation of project significance and work plan feasibility. See the current fellowship announcement and application details. Applications must be postmarked by November 15.

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.

Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)    Fort Wayne, Indiana

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 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 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. ( 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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