Research Grants & Funding

The following research grants and funding opportunities are not offered directly by MMHS, but by our partners and related organizations promoting the study of Mennonite history in Manitoba. For more information, and how to apply, be sure to follow the appropriate links provided below.

Plett Foundation:

Grants: -- application deadline: March 4, 2020 (deadline past)

The Plett Foundation offers a grants program that supports research and projects relevant to its mission. Grants are evaluated and awarded semi-annually by the Foundation’s Board of Directors on the basis of their relevance to the mission of the Plett Foundation, the feasibility of the project, and the deliverable outcome of the project.  Successful applications will focus on some aspect of the history of the Dutch-Russian Mennonites who came to Manitoba in the 1870s, including: their historical background in Russia, Poland-Prussia and the Netherlands; their history in Manitoba and Western Canada; and the history of their descendants spread throughout the Americas. Eligible applicants include institutions, academic researchers, individuals, and community organizations. Click the link above for more information.

  • Commemoration of Mennonite Exodus to Latin America
    • Leading up to 2022, the centennial of the beginning of the migration of Mennonites to Mexico, the Plett Foundation’s Grants Program will be prioritizing projects commemorating the migration of Mennonites from Canada to Latin America.  The Grants Program will continue accepting applications on other topics related to the Foundation’s mandate, however, from December 2019 to December 2021 projects pertaining to the migration of 1870s-descendant Mennonites from Canada to Mexico and Paraguay will receive priority in the Board’s evaluation of grant applications.
  • Research Grants
    • Research grants are awarded for eligible expenses related to a research project.  Eligible expenses include travel costs, including relevant accommodation costs, and archival/research fees.  Please contact us if you have questions about eligible expenses.
  • Publication Grants
    • Publication grants support the publication of books that explore the experience and history of the 1870s Mennonites and their descendants.

Fellowships: -- applications due: January 1, 2020 (deadline past)

The D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation provides graduate fellowships for students in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs at the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, and in the Master’s program at Canadian Mennonite University. The Foundation also has a Postdoctoral Fellowship for applicants who already have their Ph.D. and are pursuing research related to the Foundation’s mandate. These fellowships are intended to encourage graduate students and new scholars who are pursuing studies and research in the history of the forerunners and descendants of the 1870s Mennonite migrants to Manitoba. They offer a Postdoctoral Fellowship of $40,000, a Ph.D. Fellowship of $20,000, and a Master’s Fellowship of $15,000. Ph.D. Fellowships may be renewed once, subject to the availability of funds and a satisfactory progress report. This results in a maximum award for a Ph.D. Fellowship candidate of $40,000. One Master’s Fellowship is available at the Canadian Mennonite University for $10,500.

At the University of Winnipeg, eligible candidates must have been admitted or are applying to complete a Master of Arts degree in history in the Joint Master’s Program of the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, or a Ph.D. in history at the University of Manitoba. The Postdoctoral Fellowship is available for applicants who have successfully completed a Ph.D. program. At the Canadian Mennonite University, eligible candidates must have been admitted to the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies and have completed the 36 hours of course work in the program.

Plett Family History Essay Contest

Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission:

  • Mennonite Brethren Studies Project Grant - applications due: May 1, 2020 (deadline past)
    • The Historical Commission of the US and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches announces a grant of up to $2,500 to promote research, creative productions, and presentations on topics of historical and theological interest to Mennonite Brethren around the world. Projects may include, but are not limited to, multi-media presentations, organizing conferences, sabbatical studies, theses, dissertations, articles, and books.
  • Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grant - applications due: May 1, 2020 (deadline past)
    • The Historical Commission of the US and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches announces an “Open Research Grant” of up to $2,000 to promote research, creative productions, and publication on the history and contributions of Mennonite Brethren women around the world. The Grant is made possible by generous support from the Katie Funk Wiebe Fund. Projects may include, but are not limited to, books, articles, lecture series, symposia, and multi-media presentations.
  • Archival Internship - applications due: May 1, 2020 (closed)
    • The Historical Commission of the US and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches announces one “Summer 2020 Archival Internship,” designed to give a US or Canadian college or seminary student practical archival experience at the Mennonite Brethren archival institutions in North America. Spanning up to four weeks during May and June (exact dates to be determined), the intern will visit one or more of the following MB archives: Winnipeg, Hillsboro, Fresno, and Abbotsford. Each participating archival site will host the intern, providing orientation to the context and collection, and involve the intern in its ongoing projects. In addition to experiencing a functioning archive, the intern will gather stories, images, and/or video during the internship related to their particular Mennonite Brethren church history project, producing a report that is compelling and image-rich – one that promotes the mission of church archives. Airline travel and accommodations will be provided by the Historical Commission. The internship comes with a stipend of $1,000. Preference will be given to students affiliated with an MB church in the US or Canada.
  • Archival Development Grants - applications due: May 1, 2020 (deadline past)
    • The Historical Commission of the US and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches announces two grants of up to $2,000 to support the development of Mennonite archives around the world. Projects may include, but are not limited to, funding to purchase computers, scanners, shelving, archival boxes and supplies; funding to help with organizing a conference, symposium, or publication; and funding to support an archival project (e.g., processing a donated collection, processing photos for Mennonite Archival Image Database).
  • GAMEO Article Stipends
    • The Historical Commission of the US and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches announces $50 to $100 stipends for writers who submit encyclopedia articles featuring Mennonite Brethren persons, congregations, or institutions that are accepted for publication by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) editors. Applicants from outside of the US and Canada are also eligible to apply for the stipend. The amount of the stipend will depend on the writer’s region and the type of article written.