King V. Hostick Scholarship

The King V. Hostick Scholarship was established by the late manuscript dealer, King V. Hostick, to provide financial assistance to graduate students of history and library science who are writing dissertations dealing with Illinois. Preference may be given to research conducted at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library). Stipends are individually determined up to $3,000. All applications must be received by March 15, 2014.

For further information contact William Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, P.O. Box 1800, Springfield, Illinois 62705-1800 (217) 525-2781, Fax (217) 525-2783. E-mail, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Scholarship Winners

Guidelines governing applications of King V. Hostick Scholarship:

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The applicant must be enrolled in a recognized graduate history or library science degree program in an accredited institution.  Applications from other disciplines will be considered at the discretion of the award committee.

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The subject of the dissertation must be directly related to Illinois history and must be approved by the graduate committee of the institution. Preference may be given to applicants who require use of the collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library).

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The applicant must provide the King V. Hostick Award Committee with: a certified academic transcript of graduate work; a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation director which also certifies that the applicant has been advanced in candidacy; a current vita; a four-to-six page description of the research topic, including methodology, where it stands in the historiography, a bibliography, and sources to be consulted during the award period; and two additional letters of recommendation from faculty members of the applicant’s committee who are familiar with the applicant’s work.

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Stipends are individually determined based upon the applicant's research needs. A detailed budget proposal listing travel, lodging, photocopying, and specific collections to be examined at institutions during travel stay should be submitted. If electronic equipment is requested, it must be itemized.

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The applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the completed dissertation in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library). Should the dissertation be published as a book, the applicant agrees to deposit a copy of the published book in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (formerly the Illinois State Historical Library).