National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)

National Coalition of Independent Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professional affiliation, support services, and camaraderie to scholars outside of tenured academia. Although based in the United States, our membership and activities extend internationally, and by January 2017 NCIS Full and Associate members comprised over 200 scholars in fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. Membership is open to scholars across all disciplines. NCIS assesses the qualifications of each membership candidate for intellectual contribution, scholarly rigor, and independent status prior to acceptance. NCIS is an affiliate of the American Historical Association and a member of the The Alliance of Nonprofits.

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  • NCIS Research Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • NCIS Conference Support Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • Elisabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (jointly funded by NCIS and Margaret DeLacy)
More information on all NCIS grants and NCIS-administered grants can be found on the Grants page of this site, or contact



NCIS is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 NCIS Leadership Elections. The new Executive Officers and Board Members are as follows:

Executive Officers

President: Amanda Haste
Secretary: Susan Lanzoni
Membership Officer: Yvonne Groseil
Communications Officer: Tula Connell

Board Members

Luis F. Clemente

NCIS welcomes two new members, Dr. Claudia Keenan and Dr. Sarah Weaver. 

NCIS is pleased to welcome four new members whose diverse scholarship--public health, religion and philosophy--highlight the broad spectrum of academic foci in our association.

NCIS welcomes three new members and one associate member!


The independent scholar (TIS)

The Independent Scholar (TIS) is the NCIS online peer-reviewed and open access journal. All members of NCIS affiliated organizations are eligible to submit manuscripts to TIS for peer review. Check Submission and Review Guidlines.


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