To help offset the difficulties posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19), HOTCUS welcomes applications from doctoral students and recent PhD graduates not yet in academic employment, as well as those on short-term (less than three years), fractional, or hourly paid contracts for its 2020 Mini Grant scheme.

HOTCUS Mini Grants support research in any area of twentieth century United States history (broadly defined).  Applications are invited for £50 to £100 in research expenses.  These expenses could include, but are not limited to the following:
• Reproduction of archival materials
• Paid subscriptions to research resources
• Copies of secondary materials necessary for a particular output (e.g. PhD chapter, journal article)

Thanks to the generosity of our members and the absence of a postgraduate paper prize award this year, HOTCUS has over £2500 to distribute.
The initial deadline for applications is September 1, 2020.  Applicants must be members of HOTCUS at the time of application.

Please send applications and any queries to the Membership Secretary, Dr David Ballantyne (  

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the competition by the end of September 2020. Applications will be assessed using the following criteria: clarity of costings; feasibility of research proposal; potential contribution to the field of twentieth century American history; financial need.

The Application form can be downloaded here.