Aimee Edmondson (pictured with former Research Chair Michael Fuhlhage), was among the recipients of the 2015 Joseph McKerns Research Grants. (Photo: Erika Pribanic-Smith)

Joseph McKerns Research Grant

The American Journalism Historians Association seeks applications for its annual Joseph McKerns Research Grant Awards.

The research grant is intended to provide research assistance and to recognize and reward the winners. Up to four grants for up to $1,250 each will be rewarded upon review and recommendation of the Research Grant Committee.

Awardees must submit a brief article to the Intelligencer newsletter about their completed research by Sept. 1, 2019 discussing method, findings, complications, significance.


  • All current AJHA full members with a minimum of three years' membership at the time of application are eligible.
  • The research must be related to mass media history.
  • Awardees are expected to continue their membership through the grant period.
  • Members may apply for a McKerns Research Grant once every five years.

Application requirements:

  • An application form.
  • A 1- to 3-page prospectus/overview of the project, including a budget (which should include a listing of amount and sources of other support, if appropriate), timelines, and expected outlets for the research.
  • If appropriate, include Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the applicant's university.
  • A shortened curriculum vita (no more than 3 pages).

Grant applications must be submitted via email to Research Grant Committee Chair Erin Coyle. Materials may be submitted as PDF files or Word documents by June 1, 2018.

Past winners

David Davies
Berkley Hudson

Will Mari
Melita Garza
Debbie van Tuyll
Pete Smith

Erin Coyle
Aimee Edmondson
Linda Lumsden
Gwyneth Mellinger

Michael Martinez
Roger Mellen

Michael Dibari Jr.
Michael Fuhlhage
Vanessa Murphree
Erika Pribanic-Smith

Meg Lamme
Tracy Lucht

Noah Arceneaux
John Coward
Earnest Perry
Amber Roessner

Elizabeth Burt
Kathleen Endres
Kimberley Mangun
Gwyneth Mellinger
Andie Tucher

Frank Fee
Barbara Friedman
Kimberly Wilmot Voss
Ronald Zboray and Mary Zboray

Brian Carroll
Dolores Flamiano
Janice Hume
Jane Marcellus

David Bulla
Joseph Campbell
Linda Lumsden
Jan Whitt

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