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.

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.

M. White Eagle Natani Foundation American

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in American Indian studies. 2. Student must be enrolled in American Indian Studies courses. 3. Must be a freshman or sophomore student. 4. Must be an undergraduate student. 5. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. 6. Student must submit a letter of recommendation by a faculty member. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator of American Indian Studies at (562) 985-4644.

Edith E. Smith Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - History History major interested in pursuing a career in elementary/secondary education. Overall GPA of 3.0 with a 3.5 in major.

Eugene R. Craine Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior History major with at least a 3.0 overall GPA. Applicant must include a one-page essay linking his or her career goals with interest in the study of history.

Dwayne “Nakila” Steele Scholarship

 Demonstrate interest in the Hawaiian language, culture and history in addition to a commitment to contribute to the greater community  Demonstrate financial need  Submit two letters of recommendation; one from a teacher or counselor and one from a community organization or other citing how the applicant is working toward perpetuating the Hawaiian language  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) General criteria: • Must be a classified undergraduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Enrolled in a two- or four-year, accredited* college institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S. • Full-time status, unless specifically noted • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. *See website for accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Foundation. Applications are open to the general public. However, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Campbell Family Scholarship

Must be juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in History with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) offers one or more three- to six-month fellowships for pre-doctoral scholars at the institute in Amman. These fellowships are available to Ph.D. candidates in the History of Art who are completing dissertation research. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or students who have matriculated at U.S. institutions. History of Art is defined to include Art History, Archaeology, Architectural History, and in some cases Classical Studies. The research topic should be focused on some aspect of the artistic legacy of a specific culture, site, or time period. The candidate should make a strong case for residency at the ACOR Center in Amman in order to conduct the research. The fellowships will be offered for a term of three to six months with a maximum award of $14,000. Preference will be given to full six month applicants, and shorter research periods fellowships will be proportionally awarded. The award includes a living allowance, research funds, international transportation, and accommodations at ACOR.

CCWH Catherine Prelinger Award

The Coordinating Council for Women in History is pleased to announce it will accept applications for the eighth annual CCWH Catherine Prelinger Scholarship Award of $20,000. This award, named for Catherine Prelinger, a former CCWH president and nontraditional scholar, is intended to enhance the work of a contemporary scholar whose academic path has not followed the traditional path of uninterrupted study, moving from completed secondary, to undergraduate, then graduate degrees, followed by a tenure-track faculty position. These funds were granted to CCWH by an anonymous donor in honor of the many years of work this organization has devoted to exploring women

Linda Michaelis Davis Scholarship

Preference to students majoring in History with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need shall be considered.

Sarah Keli`ilolena Lum Konia Nakoa Scholarship

 Major in Hawaiian language, including Hawaiian culture and history  Be a state of Hawai`i resident  Demonstrate financial need  Submit essay demonstrating applicant’s achievements in studying Hawaiian language, culture and history; proposed action plan to complete college level Hawaiian language studies; and plan to share this knowledge with others in the Hawaiian community  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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