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Funding opportunities

Graduation

The Department of History provides many resources to help undergraduate and graduate students fund their education. Consult the information on our scholarships,
internships, student employment opportunities, travel funding, and our annual writing awards. If you have questions about funding opportunities, please contact Jeannie Sur


Undergraduate scholarships

Preston J. Nibley History Scholarship: full tuition for one year. History majors and pre-majors can apply by completing the department application form.

George Ellsworth American History Scholarship: full tuition and fees for one year. History majors with an outstanding record and interest in US history can apply by completing the department application form

J. Duncan Brite Non-US History Scholarship: full tuition and fees for one year. History majors with an outstanding record and interest in non-US history can apply by completing the deparment application form

Leonard N. Rosenband Scholarship: $1,000. History majors with outstanding record in history can apply by completing the department application

R. Edward Glatfelter Scholarship: $1,000. History majors with an Asian studies major or minor are eligible to apply. Students can also meet eligibility with three courses in Asian history and a history major. To be considered for this scholarship, students must complete separate application.

Ralph Erickson Scholarship: $1,000. History majors can apply by completing the department application

Ross Peterson Scholarship: $500. Non-traditional students with outstanding record in history can apply by completing the department application

Religious Studies Majors' Scholarship: $500. Religious Studies majors who have completed or are currently enrolled in two Religious Studies courses may apply with the Religious Studies Scholarship Application. 

History Department Tuition Scholarship: amounts vary. History majors with an outstanding record in history can apply by completing the department application.

Undergraduate writing awards

Nicholls HIST4990 Award: $500 in spring. Outstanding students in 4990 are nominated for this award by faculty. Students don't need to submit an application. 

W. Mont Timmins Essay Award: $500 in early summer. Students with a paper that focus on an aspect of Cache Valley history are nominated for this award by faculty. Students don't need to submit an application. 

Kathryn Bowen Bullen Award: $500 in spring. Students with papers for 300/400 level history classes are nominated for this award by faculty. Students don't need to submit an application.

Student Research Paper Awards of Merit for work in Mormon History: $300 annually. Any USU student writing a research paper in Mormon history as part of coursework is eligible for award. Papers are nominated by faculty. 

Annual Arrington Student Writing Awards: Cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essays ($1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, sponsored by the Arrington Lecture Foundation). Any enrolled USU student is eligible. Entrants must attend the autumn Arrington Lecture and write an essay of at least 2,500 words in response to the lecture. The essay should be submitted to a committee appointed by the Arrington Lecture Board of Directors. (Specific submission instructions will be provided at the lecture.)  

Undergraduate teaching fellowships

Each UTF is assigned to a faculty member in a specific undergraduate course and helps primarily in classroom management. The UTF may operate the audio-visual equipment, organize hand-outs, take attendance, and maintain grades. Teaching fellows must normally maintain a grade point average of 3.3 in their history courses and expected to work in a course they have already taken. Notice whether these classes employ a UTF and what tasks the UTF performs. Be sure to speak to the professor about the possibility of working in the course in the future. Nearly all UTF assignments are made in the spring semester for the following academic year. Speak with Professor Frances Titchener if you have any questions, and be sure to start applying for a position in February or March for the upcoming academic year.  Students, click here for the UTF application form.  Faculty, click here for the Faculty Request form.

Undergraduate internships

Internships provide an opportunity for students to both help fund their education and receive valuable hands-on experience. For more information on how to find an internship and make it count for course credit, please consult the internship page

Undergraduate travel awards

Classics Summer Stipend: award amounts vary. Students who are planning to take a summer course in Greek or Latin or who are planning to travel to Greece or Italy for a  classical civilization course during the summer, may apply for a  stipend by filling out this application

History Department Travel Awards: award amounts vary. Students who have been accepted to a conference or who have received a research travel award are eligible to apply by submitting this application

Wheatley International Affairs Conference: Cost of travel, lodging, registration fee, and food to attend the Wheatley International Affairs Conference in Provo Canyon. Any student of outstanding academic merit who has an interest in religion and international affairs is eligible. Students are nominated by faculty, but students may indicate their interest to a faculty member. Lodging and food are sponsored by Wheatley, while travel and registration are sponsored by the Religious Studies Program.


Graduate fellowships

The Charles S. and Elizabeth H. Peterson Fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $10,000 stipend for one year of graduate study, renewable for a second year depending on the availability of funding and the student's performance. This fellowship is awarded to a newly-admitted student interested in the history of the North American West.

The Charles Redd Graduate Fellowship:  The fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $10,000 stipend for one year of graduate study, renewable for a second year depending on the availability of funding and the student’s performance. (Waivers are often available to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.) The successful candidate will work as a research assistant for Prof. Ravi M. Gupta, Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies, while pursuing a Master’s degree in History at USU. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Gupta to discuss their interests and qualifications.

The Leonard Arrington Graduate Fellowship: The fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $10,000 stipend for one year of graduate study, renewable for a second year depending on the availability of funding and the student’s performance. (Waivers are often available to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.) The successful candidate will work as a research assistant for Prof. Philip Barlow, Arrington Chair of Mormon Studies, while pursuing a Master’s degree in History at USU. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Barlow to discuss their interests and qualifications.

Special Collections Fellowship:  Graduate students may compete for a year-long fellowship in USU's Special Collections.  This award carries a stipend and tuition award.

Graduate internships

Internships provide an opportunity for students to both help fund their education and receive valuable hands-on experience. For more information on how to find an internship and make it count for course credit, please consult the internship page

Graduate writing awards

Annual Arrington Student Writing Awards: Cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essays ($1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, sponsored by the Arrington Lecture Foundation). Any enrolled USU student is eligible. Entrants must attend the autumn Arrington Lecture and write an essay of at least 2,500 words in response to the lecture. The essay should be submitted to a committee appointed by the Arrington Lecture Board of Directors. (Specific submission instructions will be provided at the lecture.)  

Graduate travel awards

History Department Travel Awards: award amounts vary. Students who have been accepted to a conference or who have received a research travel award are eligible to apply by submitting this application


Other Funding Opportunities

The Dean’s Office of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences also awards some scholarships and fellowships. For information or to apply, see the CHaSS website.

Students seeking to establish eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work study will need to complete a free application for federal student aid and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Additionally, this office administers a number of University scholarships, most of which have a February 1st application deadline. See the 
Financial Aid website for more information or call 435-797-0173.