Scholarships & Aid

Scholarships & Aid
Scholarships & Aid

Our students have multiple opportunities available for financing their research and study.

Department grants and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students form the core of the department support of its successful students. University-wide grants and stipends are also available to history students, and many of them have received these awards in the past. Various research and travel grants are also available through the University’s interdisciplinary programs in the humanities. In addition, our history students have received national and international grants and awards to finance their research and travel.

Undergraduate Students

Each year the History Department offers undergraduate awards to acknowledge academic achievement by our students:

Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences (UCARE)

UCARE, funded by the Pepsi Endowment, offers opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside faculty members and directly participate in the campus's research or creative activities. As an undergraduate you may apply for UCARE awards to incorporate a research or creative experience into their undergraduate education. As a student researcher, you'll extend your knowledge beyond the classroom, taking the concepts you’ve learned in lectures and seminars and applying them to real-world situations. Research supports what you learn in the classroom and encourages deep learning.

Research also benefits you if preparing for graduate study or if you are entering the workforce. By performing research, you show that you are detail oriented and self-motivated. You can persistently see a project through from inception to completion.

As a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you have a variety of opportunities for research. In addition to opportunities through UCARE and volunteer and paid positions on campus, you can gain confidence and experience through Research Courses and by conducting Research for Credit.

The Glenn Gray Award

This award was established in 1980 to recognize an outstanding junior or senior history major. The award is usually given to a graduating senior, but juniors have received the award as well. The student selected receives $500 and a commemorative scroll signed by the faculty. The application requires a substantial writing sample and two faculty letters of recommendation.

For application information see the History Major Page on Blackboard.

The Ed Hirsch Scholarship

For many years Ed Hirsch, former officer of the University Foundation, has made scholarship funds available to one or two Arts and Sciences juniors with a concentration in history to help them complete their degree. Please note that applicants must be enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, but need not be history majors. The application requires a writing sample and two faculty letters of recommendation. This award is partly need-based; the recipient must be on file at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid as having financial need. The money will be granted for the 2014-2015 academic year, so applicants should plan to be enrolled during that year. Students selected for this award in the recent past have received in the range of $2,000.

For application information see the History Major Page on Blackboard.

Vladimir Kucera Award

This award grants a stipend of $400-$500 to a history major whose academic program has a significant focus on Czech Studies. The application requires one faculty letter of recommendation.

For application information see the History Major Page on Blackboard.

Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarships and Funding

Many university interdisciplinary programs offer scholarships and funding to undergraduate and graduate students. Please look at the Department of History Interdisciplinary Programs page to find out more about the range of programs and funding opportunities available through them.

Graduate Students

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

All students who apply for admission to the master's or doctoral program in history are automatically considered for one of the Graduate Teaching Assistantships. These graduate assistantships are granted on a competitive basis for two years in the M.A. program or three years in the Ph.D. program. Occasionally, additional one-semester graduate assistantships may become available with the department. In such cases, the chair of the graduate committee will contact all current graduate students to invite applications for those positions.

To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the History department Graduate Program Principles, Standards and Requirements page.

Graduate Fellowships

The University offers graduate students a number of fellowships each year.

The Presidential Fellowship is awarded to advanced doctoral or MFA students each year; the number awarded will be determined based on available funding. The fellowship stipend is $24,000 for the academic year. The award also includes tuition, fees, and the University's portion of the student health insurance.

The Fling Fellowship is awarded to advanced masters or doctoral students. Masters students must be within one year of graduation and doctoral students must be within two years of graduation. The fellowship stipend is $20,000. There were four Fling recipients for the 2012-13 academic year; the number to be awarded will be determined based on available funding. This award also includes tuition, fees, and the University's portion of the student health insurance.

The Dean's Fellowship will be awarded to the remaining students who are ranked in the top 10% of the fellowship applicant pool.

Doctoral students may also be eligible for the Day Dissertation Travel AwardTo find out more about these opportunities, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies Sources of Funding for Current Students page.

Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarships and Funding

Many university interdisciplinary programs offer scholarships and funding to undergraduate and graduate students. Please look at the Department of History Interdisciplinary Programs page to find out more about the range of programs and funding opportunities available through them.