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 2021 Mini Grant scheme. 

HOTCUS Mini Grants support research in any area of twentieth century United States history (broadly defined).  For this round, applications are invited for up to £200 in research expenses.  Those who have received funds in previous rounds may reapply, with the total amount awarded across these awards not to exceed £200.

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, HOTCUS still has a significant amount of funding to distribute.

The next deadline for applications is April 9, 2021. 

Applicants do not need to be members of HOTCUS at the time of application, but successful non-HOTCUS members will have the cost of an annual membership deducted from their grant award.

The Application form can be downloaded here – applicants can view an example of a successful application at the bottom of this page.

Please send applications to  If you have queries about the application process, please direct them to the same email address. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the competition within a month of the application deadline.

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 

In particular, please make sure to include a clear breakdown of your expected costs, and a clear justification for why the resource(s) detailed are necessary for your project.

You can view an examples of a successful application here