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Awards & Scholarships

Every year, the History Department proudly supports its majors with a variety of scholarships, awards, and research assistance.

These are presented in conjunction with additional opportunities from other departments, the college, the university, and elsewhere.

 

History Department Research Support

Are you planning to conduct primary research as part of one of your history classes? Would you like to visit an archive, a library, a film institute or a historic site outside Southeast Michigan? The History Department encourages and supports Undergraduate research by offering financial support in addition to intellectual guidance. If you are a student in History 395, History 496, History 497, History 498, or History 499 you might be eligible for research funding. If you think you are eligible, fill out and submit an application.

History Department Writing Prizes

Elizabeth Sargent Lee History of Medicine Research Paper Prize: Honors the best undergraduate history colloquium research paper in the history of medicine and health each term.  Papers must be the product of original research using primary sources, and should be 3,000 to 5,000 words.  Papers written for any section of History 496 or 497 are eligible for submission, if the paper topic focuses on some aspect of medicine or health over time. The prize includes an award of $250.

Students should submit entries as email attachments by December 23 for Fall Term courses and April 30 for Winter Term courses.  Send entries to Prof. Martin Pernick mpernick@umich.edu. Include the name and section number of the course and the name and contact information for the student.

Grossman Family Award: Recognizes the UM undergraduate author of an outstanding paper or article published in the student-operated Michigan Journal of History.  Awarded annually.

Nancy Bylan Bratman Excellence in Writing Awards: Recognizes excellence in writing for undergraduate history majors in the following courses, for each fall and winter term: History 202, first prize $250; History 496 or 497, first prize $300, second prize $200 (or, when there are co-winners, two prizes of $250).

Instructors of 202, 496, and 497 sections nominate up to two outstanding papers each term. The winners are determined by a panel selected by the Undergraduate Committee.

The awards honor the memory of Nancy Bylan Bratman, who was born June 7, 1929, in Detroit, and grew up in Grand Rapids. After a year at Wellesley College, she transferred happily to the University of Michigan to complete her undergraduate education. She majored in History and remained proudest of her A+ junior-year thesis on the Boer War. She was also active on the Michigan Daily, where she served as a reporter and associate editor, and in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, for which she was a chorister and treasurer. After receiving her BA in 1951, Nancy worked for several years as an editor in New York and Chicago, mostly for trade publications.

Honors Program Awards: The History Department presents its writing awards to students with outstanding theses at the annual Honors Symposium. Awards include:

  • Arthur Fondiler Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis
  • John A. Williams History Award
  • Stephen J. Tonsor History of Ideas Undergraduate Honors Award
  • Elizabeth Sargent Lee History of Medicine Prize
  • James A. Knight Scholarships in History

View past writing prize winners.

History Department Awards

Grossman Family Award: Provides support for travel by History Honors students who are doing research in national and international archives.

Rosenberg Family Scholarship: Presented each September to a senior-year history concentrator from Ohio who meets specific criteria. Selections are made by the History Department; students do not apply directly for the award.

Undergraduate Service/Leadership Award: Awarded annually to an undergraduate who makes significant contributions to the History student community. Selections are made by the department; students do not apply directly for the award.

Undergraduate Graduation Speaker: The department selects a student to address graduates at the annual History Graduation ceremony. Selections are made by the department; students do not apply directly for the award.

View past History Department awards.

University of Michigan Scholarships and Funding

LSA scholarships for continuing qualified LSA students who demonstrate high academic merit and verified financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Awards have ranged from $500 to $10,000 per year.

The Telluride House at the University of Michigan is a residential community that offers full room and board scholarships.

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) offers CEW Student Research Grants for student-designed and -conducted projects related to their mission.

The LSA Honors Program provides assistance to individual students who are applying for major national scholarship competitions.

The International Institute offers a range of awards for undergraduate students.

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies has information about funding opportunities.

The Center for European Studies has information about their Summer Research and Internship Grants.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) may offer grants for study-abroad programs.

External Scholarships and Funding

The U-M Provost’s Council on Student Honors administers some external scholarships.

The Boren Awards for International Study support graduate and undergraduate students studying languages, cultures and world areas critical to US interests.

The Institute for International Education Fulbright Program is administered through the U-M International Institute. Information sessions are held frequently on campus.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship allows students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for USundergrads who are receiving Federal Pell Grants to study abroad.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship that brings outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

The Harry Truman Scholarship emphasizes “those who want to make a difference in public service”.

The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards program that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework.

Simone Gonzalez-Nagy, selected to deliver the 2015 graduation address.