Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for Research in US Legal History

The American Historical Association offers the Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for research in US legal history and in the general field of law and society, broadly defined. The funds for this program come from the earnings of the Littleton-Griswold Fund. These modest annual grants are intended to further research in progress and may be used for travel to a library or archive, for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). Individual grants up to $1,000 will be awarded. See the list of past recipients.


Only members of the Association are eligible to apply for AHA research grants.  Grants are awarded each June and may be used anytime in the subsequent 15 months for expenses related to furthering research in progress. Preference will be given to advanced doctoral students, non-tenured faculty, and unaffiliated scholars, and to those with specific research needs, such as the completion of a project or of a discrete segment thereof.

Please note: Within a five-year period, no individual is eligible to receive more than a combined total of $1,500 from all AHA research grants.

Application Process

AHA Members Only: Select the “Members Apply Here” box on the left for further details and a link to the application form. The deadline is February 15.

Applications must include

  • CV (three to five pages maximum)
  • statement of no more than 750 words describing your project
  • one-page bibliography of the most recent, relevant secondary works on the topic
  • one-page project budget

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.