National Fellowships for Students in History

National Fellowships for Students in History

National Fellowships and Internships

Summer Opportunities

University of California, Berkeley—Summer Research Opportunity Program

Eight week internships in the humanities and biological, physical, and social sciences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Strongly encourages applications from undergrads who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and show potential to benefit from exposure to research university environment.

January deadline.

American Bar Foundation—Summer Research Diversity Fellowships In Law And Social Science

--research fellowships for social science or humanities majors (sophomores or juniors) who will “add diversity to the field of law and social science.”

-- students aid in multidisciplinary research on areas such as: patterns and causes of civil litigation, the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities, the influence of family and environmental factors on juvenile delinquency, jury decision making, public interest lawyering and social reform, historical analyses of labor and regulatory law.

-- african american, hispanic/latino, native american, and puerto rican students are encouraged to apply.

--march deadline.

National Endowment for the Humanities—Summer Internship Program

Ten week paid internship with the NEH

NEH defines humanities to include “those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical and philosophical approaches.”

Junior or senior “humanities” major.

January deadline.

Institute for Humane Studies—Charles Koch Summer Fellow Program: Paid internships in Washington, D.C.—as well as placements at State-Based Policy Networks across the country —in the fields of public policy and non-profit management.

Institute for Humane Studies—Journalism Internships: Paid summer internships at a Freedom Communications Newspaper. Application requires resume, several essays, published writing samples; coursework in history and English recommended.

Art Institute of Chicago Internship Program. Internships are offered by the Art Institute's many departments throughout the year and enable students to gain first-hand experience in their areas of interest/study. A major in art history or fine art is not essential. Internships are for academic credit; see department announcements to determine whether a given internship is paid or unpaid. Fields include: Amerindian art, American art, architecture, archives, European decorative arts, European painting, film center, photography, video data bank. Sophomore or junior for internship in junior or senior year (March, August, November deadlines).

Chicago Historical Society—Internship: designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in museum practice, archival administration, arts administration, or historical scholarship. Working alongside CHS staff members in a tutorial arrangement, interns gain skills and training in their chosen field (February deadline). Candidates should have an interest in non-profit work. Undergrads in Communications, Marketing, English, Political Science, or History preferred (Contactmuseum for app. deadlines).

Research and Internships

New York State Archives—Hackman Research Residency Program Grant: Supports applicants from a variety of backgrounds with awards for advanced research in New York State history, government, or public policy, using state government records in the New York State archives. Graduating seniors, particularly those entering graduate programs, are eligible to apply (January deadline).

United StatesHolocaustMemorialMuseum—Internships: Internship program provides an environment for qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust and about Museum operations. Hands-on projects and opportunities to work with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals to learn about their roles, responsibilities, and backgrounds. Knowledge of French, German, Russian, or eastern european languages is a prerequisite for some internships. Departments: archives, photo archives, video archives, records management, collections, exhibitions, academic publications, outreach technology, research (“senior historians”), survivors registry, external affairs. Volunteer positions also available (contact museum for app. deadlines).

White House Historical Association—Research Grants Program: defrays costs of travel, accommodations and photocopy expenses. Association’s mission is to promote a greater understanding of the history of the white house. projects should make use of textual and non-textual (i.e., including film) records of the presidential libraries pertinent to the president, first family and subordinates while the president lives in the white house. Preference to doctoral research, but all proposals considered(contact association for app. procedures).

Scoville Peace Fellowship

--Provides college graduates with six-month opportunity to work with public interest organizations in Washington, D.C.

--Fellowship areas include: international security,regional/ethnic conflicts (including East Asia, South Asia, former Yugoslavia, Middle East, newly independent states), theUnited Nations, including peacekeeping.

-- Senior or recent alum (usually within two years of graduation).


Environmental Protection Agency

--For students of environmental policy to work in Washington, DC


Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

--Prepares participants to enter the US Dept. of State Foreign Service.

--Covers tuition, room, and board during thejunior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study.

--Each year’s award also includes reimbursement for books and for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount.

--The Fellow must commit to pursuing a master’s degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

--For sophomores. Women, minorities underrepresented in the foreign service, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.

--Must attend summer institute between junior and senior year of college, plus spend minimum of 4.5 years as a Foreign Service Officer


Truman Scholarships

--For juniors in the top quarter of their class who intend to pursue graduate study toward a career in government or public service (including law).

--Provides up to $30K toward senior year college tuition and first two to three years of graduate school.

--Must be a leader with extensive community service experience.

--Truman Scholars must work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a funded graduate program.


Graduate Fellowships: Financial Need

Jack Kent Cooke

No nationality restrictions. Many masters degrees funded. Up to $50K for 6 years of study. For the “Renaissance Man/Woman”

--Minimum GPA of 3.5

DEADLINE: February 15

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Funds two years of graduate study

--Applicant must demonstrate: a) creativity, originality, and initiative, and b) a commitment to the values of the US Constitution (e.g. activity in support of human rights)

No minimum GPA

DEADLINE: November 1

US GraduateSchool Fellowships: Academic Excellence

ClaremontGraduateUniversity—National Scholarships for Doctoral Study:

Full tuition plus annual stipend to pursue a ph.d. in any of CGU’s graduate schools.

awards to those who “do research of the highest quality, resist confinement to disciplinary quarters, want to make a difference in the world.”

december deadline.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships For Minorities:

Supports early doctoral study for talented ethnic minorities.

Senior or upon admission to grad program (november deadline).

Institute for Humane Studies—Humane Studies Fellowship: Tuition scholarships for study in the u.s. or abroad. Supports the work of outstanding students interested in exploring through their academic work the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society. Previous award winners from fields as diverse as economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, and political science. Juniors, seniors, or graduate students in any discipline, and of any nationality (december deadline).

Javits: Aims to encourage graduating seniors in the arts and humanities to pursue M.F.A.’s and Ph.D.’s. Up to four years’ support towards degree completion. Last year’s awards: 60% in the humanities including history. Senior and first year grad(september deadline).

Madison: Awarded to students pursuing a career in secondary education in American history, american government, or social studies. Supports study towards specific master’s degrees—primarily in American history and in education. Seniors or alum (february deadline).

International Scholarships

Alexander von Humboldt—German Chancellor Scholarship:

--For one-year research projects in Germany.

--Foundation bears costs for preparatory German language course and four-week introductory seminar in bonn and berlin.

--Graduating senior or alum under 35 years of age.

-- october deadline.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship Program:

Funds two years of study to complete an master’s degree (a B.A. in the British system) at St. John’s College at University of Cambridge.

 For students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first in their families to graduatecollege.

November deadline.

Fulbright US Student Program

"That people can find in themselves, through intercultural education, the ways and means of living together in peace." - Senator J. William Fulbright, 1989.

--Year-long program allows students to design their own programs, including university coursework, library or field research, classes in a music or art school, Independent projects in the social or life sciences, assistant in teaching English in a high school, or a combination of these or other projects.

--Provides invaluable opportunities to meet, work, and live with people of the host country, sharing daily experiences

--1300 awards in more than 140 countries; funds all expenses, cost of living, travel, etc.


NSEP Boren Scholarship

--Language study/study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Special Exception: NSEP will consider applications from students at the intermediate level of Spanish or French if their field of study is in the sciences, engineering, or business. If you have an advanced-level proficiency in Chinese or Russian, you are eligible for support under the Boren Scholarship to participate in the Chinese or Russian Language Flagship Overseas Program.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that award recipients work in the federal government in positions with national security responsibilities. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies.

Marshall Fellowship

Funds two years of study in the UK for future leaders, decision makers.

--3.7 GPA minimum

--44 scholars chosen from 958 applicants in 2007

Early October deadline

Mitchell Fellowship

--Funds a one-year masters degree at an Irish university in any discipline.

-- For academic superstars committed to public service and community.

DEADLINE: October 5

National Fellowships, Prestigious Internships, and Prizes for Students in History—page 1of6

Susan Weiner, Fellowship Advisor, University of the Pacific. Rev. 10/10/07

See foundation websites to verify particulars