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Graduate Awards

The History Department has several sources of research funds for graduate students. Please return your submissions electronically to Mary Lashway at gradprogram@history.umass.edu by Wednesday, April 1 at 4pm. All nominations must be submitted electronically. Award recipients will be announced Mid-April.

Graduate Travel Grant

The department will award a travel grant of approximately $400 to assist travel to research collections. To apply, please submit a two page statement detailing this research and how it fits into your dissertation or thesis. You must also submit a budget. If you have received a previous travel award, please mention that and explain how another award would allow you to further pursue the research done with the earlier award.


Bauer-Gordon Summer Research Fellowships

A number of Bauer-Gordon Fellowships for summer research are awarded annually. Two derive from an endowed departmental fund; preference is given to students engaged in Russian, German, or military history. The others are funded (when funds are available) by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and carry no disciplinary restriction. Each fellowship award is approximately $2500. Applications should be between 3 and 10 pages in length and include a research plan, travel itinerary (listing sources, libraries, and archives to be used), a budget (for travel, room and board, incidentals), a selected  bibliography, and an explanation about how the proposed research fits into the dissertation or thesis. If you have received a previous travel award, please mention that and explain how another award would allow you to further pursue the research done with the earlier award.


Ogilvie Memorial Grant for Foreign Language Study

This grant will provide up to $4000 for intensive summer foreign language study or research in foreign-language sources for a student with a bona fide need to do dissertation or thesis research in a foreign language. Priority is given to students in European history and history of science.


Joyce A. Berkman Endowed Fund in Women's History and Women's Studies

Recipients of awards generated by this endowment will be graduate students whose research, coursework, and academic interests are focused primarily on female experiences and consciousness. Their work should take a multi-faceted approach to intersectional analysis that considers, for example, gender, race, social class, and sexuality, but which is not limited to these areas. Examples of purposes for which these funds may be used include, but are not limited to, conference-related expenses (travel, registration, accommodations, per diem etc.), expenses associated with visit to archival holdings for research purposes, and participation in networking activities related to pedagogy or research.   Applicants should submit a 1-page (single-spaced) proposal describing the activity they wish to fund and how it will advance their larger scholarly or academic aims, a budget (assuming an award of approximately $1000), and a 1-2 page C.V. Recipients must submit in the Fall a report on the work accomplished with these funds.


Hands-on Grants

"Hands-On Grants" (grants up to $2000) are designed to support a student's desire to learn by doing; fundable activities include archaeological or architectural field schools; GIS courses; curatorial experiences (e.g. Historic New England's summer program in New England Studies, the Attingham Summer School, etc.) or workshops in film or digital media.  Grants can be used toward tuition, travel and housing. Applicants should submit a 1-page (single-spaced) proposal describing the activity they wish to fund and how it will advance their larger scholarly or academic aims, as well as a budget.


Jumpstart Grants for Dissertation Research

Available to doctoral students who defended their prospectus in the Spring semester or who defended their prospectus within the past two semesters (that is, in the previous calendar year), this grant aims to jumpstart dissertation research.  The award may cover travel to collections as well as the acquisition of equipment, or library materials needed to advance research.  Applicants should submit an action plan, explaining how the activity or materials proposed will enable you to make significant progress toward the completion of your degree, a budget (assuming an award of approximately $2000), and a 1-2 page C.V.  Recipients must submit in the Fall a report on the work accomplished with these funds.


Simon and Sateng Ermonian Graduate Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

This scholarship is given for outstanding work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant based on academic performance, excellence in coursework and examinations and having made good progress toward completion of the degree. Candidates are nominated by the Faculty in April and the winner is chosen by the Graduate Studies Committee. Faculty can nominate a student for this award by submitting a letter of recommendation.


Caldwell Writing Prize

There are two prizes of $250 awarded for the best article-length research papers written by MA students in the previous calendar year. Awards can also go to an M.A. thesis. Papers may be nominated by their authors or by faculty members.