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History Scholarships

The study of history involves the people, places and events that comprise our collective past. This is a major for those that like to read and write. You'll need to like both these activities because you'll be doing an awful lot of them. Fortunately, there are plenty of history scholarships available to help ease the burden. Continue reading to find out more.

As a history major, you'll be required to select a concentration for your studies. These concentrations can include time periods (for example, Russia under the Romanovs); geographical regions (French history) and intellectual history (the history of print culture). In most programs you'll work closely with an academic advisor to devise a schedule of courses that satisfies both your interests as well as the requirements of your institution. 

Most history degree programs feature a foreign language requirement. Also, many programs have a study-abroad program where you spend a semester in another country, seeing the distant past in a new vital context. Lower-level courses tend to be more general, covering broad topics such as Western civilization. By the time you get to the upper level courses, you begin to specialize and focus your studies. These courses are often seminars featuring small class sizes and plenty of interaction between professor and students.

If you want to continue your education beyond the bachelor's degree level, there are a host of options. Graduate history degree programs allow you to continue your exploration of a particular subject in great detail. A doctoral degree is generally needed to teach history at the college level. However, a master's is often sufficient for teaching at the secondary level (along with the appropriate teaching certification).

Along with continuing your historical studies at the graduate level, this major can also be the pathway to a range of careers. Because the study of history encourages critical reading and thinking skills, it is an excellent degree for those interested in careers in government service, law, business and many other professions.

Follow the links below to find out more about history scholarships. 

The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship

This fellowship, awarded by the Provost of Columbia University, was established by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and Friends of Columbia University in honor of Michael Sovern's chairmanship of the Academy board from 1993 to 2005. It enables a member of the Columbia community to spend six weeks in residence at the Academy.

JACK KILFOIL SCHOLARSHIP

One to three scholarships awarded for between $350 - $1,500 to an undergraduate majoring in history. Contact Dr. Marilyn Garber at (310) 243-3448'

Assyrian Archive

Eligibility: Major: ANTHROPOLOGY AND/OR HISTORY GPA: 3.00 Class Level: Graduate student

J.J. (Tim) Sweet Memorial History Fellowship

College of Social Sciences - History For any major in any field of history, with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. Applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; and a GPA of 3.5 in major.

Congressional Research Grants

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant. What kind of research projects are eligible for consideration? The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest. See website for more information.

Frank and Wilma Craft Scholarship

Preference to juniors or seniors majoring in Technology Studies with an emphasis in woodworking, drafting, or construction; or History with an emphasis in Education. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in their major field of study with a minimum 3.3 GPA overall, demonstrate financial need and show promise of post-graduate work.

Senior Fellowship Program

Senior Fellowships are limited to those who have held the Ph.D. for five years or more or who possess a record of professional accomplishment at the time of application. Individuals currently affiliated with the National Gallery of Art are not eligible for the Senior Fellowship program. Senior Fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of the applicant. Applications are reviewed by an external Selection Committee composed of scholars in the history of art. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals. Applications will be considered for study in the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form. In addition, applications are solicited from scholars who are interested in research related to objects in the painting, sculpture, graphics, and other collections of the National Gallery of Art. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington throughout their fellowship period and participate in the activities of the Center. Each Senior Fellow, Visiting Senior Fellow, and Associate is provided with a study. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Eligibility: NEH fellowships are for persons who have already completed their formal professional training. Degree candidates and persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree may not hold AAS-NEH fellowships. Candidates for advanced degrees must have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline for the fellowship. This includes the dissertation defense. Foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the fellowship are eligible. Mid-career scholars are encouraged to apply. Criteria AAS Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.

Nissan/UNCF Shift Knowledge Scholarship for HBCU Students in TN

Scholarship Value: up to $10,000 Classifications: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Design, Marketing, Business, Communications, Public Relations, Finance, Law, Accounting, History, English Eligible Schools: Fisk University, Knoxville College, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Tennessee State University Eligible Locations: Open How to Apply : Apply Online Scholarship Detail: The NISSAN/UNCF Shift Knowledge Scholarship was created in 2004 to recognize the academic achievement and leadership qualities of students, and to honor the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This program is open to students currently enrolled in an HBCU located in Tennessee having a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and pursuing majors in the fields of engineering, design, marketing, business, communications, public relations, finance or law, accounting history and English. These HBCUs include: Fisk University Knoxville College, Lane College Lemoyne-Owen College and Tennessee State University. Donor/Sponsor Name: Nissan North America, Inc. Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.nissanusa.com

Stephen Botein Fellowships

AAS Short-Term Fellowships provide support for one-to three months' residence in the Society 's library at stipends of $1,850 per month. Taken as a whole, AAS Short-Term Fellowships are open to individuals, including foreign nationals and persons at work on doctoral dissertations who are engaged in scholarly research and writing in any field of American history and culture through 1876. These fellowships are for research in the history of the book in American culture. Funding is derived from an endowment established by the family and friends of the late Mr. Botein. Doctoral candidates may apply. Criteria: Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

One or more fellowships will be awarded for an academic year (nine or ten months) in residence at the Society's library. Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fellowships is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope - that is, American history and culture through 1876 - is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, music history, and other relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The fellow is obliged to give first refusal on the resulting manuscript to a new book series published jointly by Cambridge University Press and AAS.

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