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.
Each year the History Department offers undergraduate awards to acknowledge academic achievement by our students:
The Allen P. Gerlach History Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more history students. Preference is given to students with an emphasis on non-United States history, especially Europe. Financial need is not required.
The Larry R. Gerlach Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more history students. Preference is given to students with an emphasis on United States history, especially those intending to teach. Financial need is not required.
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 certificate. The application requires a substantial writing sample and two faculty letters of recommendation.
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. 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 following academic year, so applicants should plan to be enrolled during that year.
The Vladimir Kucera Award
This award grants a stipend to a history major whose academic program has a significant focus on Czech Studies.
The Carole Levin Scholarship
Endowed by our own Professor Levin, this award is offered annually to one or more history students with a GPA over 3.5. Strong preference is given to students with Medieval and Renaissance Studies double-majors. Otherwise, preference is given to undergraduates studying English History or European Women’s History before 1800. Financial need is not required.
Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarships and Funding
Students involved in interdisciplinary programs should check with those programs for available scholarships and funding. Please look at the Department of History Interdisciplinary Programs page to find out more about those programs.
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.
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.
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 Award. To find out more about these opportunities, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies Sources of Funding for Current Students page.