Get Paid to Trace Your Mississippi Roots
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History will award fellowships to support individuals hoping to locate information related to their family history.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) will award fellowships of up to $2,000 to support individuals hoping to locate information related to their family history using resources available at MDAH.
Due to a strong response, the application closes January 18, 2022. A second round of fellowships will open later this year.
The fellowships are a part of a year-long initiative in 2022 - during Jackson's Bicentennial celebration - to expand understanding of the Great Migration and its impact on Mississippi and the nation.
“The Great Migration is the largest internal migration of people in U.S. history," said MDAH director Katie Blount. "Many families who left Mississippi still feel a close connection to our state. We’re glad to be able to help them come back to Mississippi and research their roots."
Ten research stipends of up to $2,000 will be awarded to ten researchers to travel to Jackson, MS, and conduct three consecutive days of research at MDAH. Selected applicants may schedule their fellowships during the months of February, April, May, June, and July 2022. The stipend may be used to cover travel, accommodations, and other expenses accrued during the researcher’s time at MDAH such as the cost of copies.
For more information or to apply, click here.
The Great Migration Initiative is a partnership between MDAH and the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA). Additional programs and events include the exhibitions A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration at MMA, The Negro Motorist Green Book Guide at MDAH, joint teacherworkshop, and other programs related to art and history.