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Undergraduate Research Funding

You may also want to consider completing the Undergraduate Program in Historical Research.

The Department of History administers several funds to finance students doing major research projects.

Department Funds

The Department Undergraduate Research Fund in History awards grants to students who require funds to travel to archives or for research materials for extensive projects, usually as part of a history seminar, or as a continuation of work begun there. All students are encouraged to apply. The Department also has additional funds to support undergraduate research for students in the Honors program. All students who need money to travel to archives or for research materials for extensive projects should fill out the application form available below. The main deadline for summer grants is May 5, 2014; students may apply for remaining funds on a rolling basis anytime throughout the year.

The application process is overseen by the Undergraduate Chair. The size of the award will depend upon research needs, distance of travel, and the quality of the proposal, to a maximum of $1000. Grants may be used to fund, for example: transportation to a library or archive, reasonable lodging expenses associated with such travel; user fees if required; microfilming, or photocopying costs associated with doing research. reasonable lodging expenses associated with travel to a library or archive. Funding is not normally available for other living expenses such as meals, or for photocopying the thesis itself.

Your proposal should be no longer than five double-spaced pages. It should include the following information:

  • A clear description of your proposed project and its significance;
  • A brief summary of preliminary work you have completed;
  • A specific budget that explains each part of your request.

If your application involves travel:

  • Identify the archive or library at which you plan to work;
  • Explain why this travel is essential to your project;
  • Present a schedule that explains how much time you need at the site.

Examples of Successful Grant Applications

Special funding for projects in US History

History majors researching in US History topics can also apply for the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Travel Award

University Funding

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) offers a number of research opportunities, including funding, internships, scholarships, and fellowships.

Rodin College House also maintains a fellowships and grants database.