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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Max Longley is researching Joseph Williams Thorne, a Underground Railroad conductor turned carpetbagger, for which he received an NCIS Research Grant this spring. Mr. Longley is the author of For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War (McFarland, 2015), which was reviewed in The Independent Scholar Vol. 2 (Sept. 2016), and he has recently signed a contract with the same publisher for a book on Thorne, expected 2018.

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The NCIS Grant Awards Committee is delighted to announce that NCIS Conference Travel Grants have been awarded to Tula Connell, for her paper entitled " 1950s Milwaukee: Race, Class and a City Divided,” to be presented at ‘The Working Urban' Urban History Association Conference, October 13–16, 2016; and to Susan Breitzer for her paper "Gender, Independent Scholarship, and the Origins of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars” to be presented at the 17t


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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