Submission of research proposals are no longer being accepted by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site (FCHS) for one of our Academic Research Award Program grants. Applications with proposals will be accepted for next year beginning January 1, 2023 with a deadline of March 1, 2023. 

The mission of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site (FCHS) is to promote and assist with the conservation and restoration of historical assets, aid in the development of museum exhibits, and promote, through community outreach, the historical and cultural significance of the Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites - including the ancestral pueblos of Kuaua and Gíusewa, the Coronado Expedition, and the Mission of San Jose de Los Jemez.

As part of this mission, we established the FCHS Academic Research Awards to provide small grants for relevant research projects by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at New Mexico universities and colleges whose curriculum includes studies that support our goals. If no eligible research proposals are received, students from other New Mexico educational institutions may be considered.

Research proposals should be consistent with the mission of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site.  Priority for awards is given to bachelor and masters level students interested in pursuing a new research topic that furthers our understanding of the culture and history or pre-history of the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, especially the areas of our historic sites and their pueblos.  Examples of past research topics include the study of Kuaua and Giusewa Pueblos, kiva mural art, Spanish exploration and the Catholic mission system. Projects that attract public interest in the Coronado and Jemez History Sites are a plus.

The invitation to submit research proposals to this Program is sent yearly to educators at universities and colleges whose students are eligible for FCHS academic research grant awards.  An application form containing award criteria is included with the invitation and is also posted on this website ( Grant awards are announced by April 1st of each year 


Selection of the grant awardee(s) is based on their academic status, scholastic references, and the applicability of their research to the FCHS mission as previously described. Research grant awards will typically range from $500-$1,000, with a maximum award of $2,500. Students may receive an FCHS Research grant twice within their academic career. Monies awarded to the recipient are to facilitate research expenses.


As a condition of accepting a Grant, the awardee(s) agree to provide a description of research methods used, and a copy of all project reports, papers, educational displays and publications resulting from this research grant to the Coronado Historic Site research library. Additionally, awardees are also expected to give a presentation to members of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site sharing their research findings and conclusions.

Send proposals and applications to:

FCHS Academic Award

485 Kuaua Rd.

Bernalillo, NM   87004

or scan the application and supporting documents and send to


Email questions to Janice Kunz, Chair:

FCHS Academic Award Committee