Graduate students need all of the financial help they can get. Graduate students usually work non stop until graduation. Applying for scholarships can greatly reduce this burden. Some history graduate scholarships require that you do more than others and the awards can vary.

 Olivia James Traveling Fellowship Program

Deadline: November 1st

$25,000 awarded yearly to one graduate

This is a travel fellowship to fund a trip planned for between July 1 of the year it was awarded and June 30 of the following year. The countries covered by the award are as follows: Greece, Cyprus, southern Italy, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, Turkey, Iraq, and parts of northern Syria. This award is not meant to fund an excavation and should not be used for institutional costs. The money will be issued to a PhD student working on their dissertation to further the knowledge in their field. Trips planned that are 6 months or longer will be given priority over shorter stays.

The Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

$10,000 awarded annually to one graduate student in archival studies

The Society of American Archivists offers The Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship every year. The award is based on merit. The student’s academic performance in archival studies and assessments from university faculty of the student’s likelihood of succeeding in the archives profession are taken into consideration. The student must also have a letter of recommendation from a professor at their current institution stating why that student would contribute to the profession of archivist, grade transcripts, a cover letter, and a current curriculum vitae. The student must include a project that shows the ability to “think like an archivist.” This can be a summary of some research, a seminar paper, a published article, or some other project.

ISI Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 1st

$5-15,000 Awarded to up to 15 graduates annually

Each year, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers the Richard M. Weaver Fellowships to graduates who plan to teach, and the Henry Salvatori Fellowships to graduates focusing on the American Founding. This program is only open to U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in a graduate program from an accredited university. To qualify for the award, you must submit an essay 1,250 to 2,500 words in length. It must respond to the question, “What is the relationship between liberal education and a free society?” You must also include a headshot, a CV/resume, a 5-10 page autobiography, and a 5-10 page general academic writing example. Your application must include two academic letters of recommendation submitted independently and grade transcripts.

The Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship

Deadline: November 1

$5000 annually to one graduate

The Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship is awarded to one graduate student annually for a project related to archeology in the Aegean Bronze Age. The Archaeological Institute of America created this fellowship to help graduate students concentrating in history, the classics, and archeology. Eligible applicants must be involved in a research project about the Aegean Bronze Age. Graduate students applying must become members of AIA for one full year before applying for the scholarship. Priority is given to the projects that involve traveling to the Mediterranean. To qualify you must be actively pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree and demonstrate academic merit.

J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History

Deadline: April 1st

$5,000 awarded annually to doctoral and post-doctoral students

The American Historical Association (AHA) offers the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship for late stage and post-doctoral students who hold a PhD. If chosen, the students will spend two to three months working full-time in a residency program at the Library of Congress. This is an amazing opportunity for those looking to further their career. The applicant must present a project about American history that the collections at the Library of Congress could aid in and a schedule for how that time could be spent with access to the library.

King V. Hostick Scholarships

Deadline: March 31st

Up to $5,000 awarded annually to graduates focusing on the history of Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society created this scholarship for graduate students majoring in history and library sciences. The student must be in the process of writing their doctoral dissertation on some feature of the history of Illinois. Graduates must have demonstrable unmet financial need, display quality research skills, and provide a 4-6 page proposal. Preference is given to students working in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and after that from any Illinois Library. Other requirements include grade transcripts, a budget proposal, and resume.

The Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellowship and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship

Deadline: January 15th

$4,000 awarded annually to multiple doctoral students

The Institute for Jewish research offers these three fellowships to support doctoral and post-doctoral research on the history of the Jewish-Polish relationship during the Holocaust period and into modern culture. The research should discuss what contributions Jewish people made to Polish culture and literature. This fellowship gives the winner access to the YIVO Library and Archives for a period of 2-3 months. The awardee is expected to give a public lecture afterward.

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