The study of history helps students to understand a diverse variety of events, to put current issues and challenges into context, and to find solutions to many contemporary problems. Therefore, historians can apply their knowledge and expertise to a broad range of fields and organizations. Nonetheless, the skyrocketing cost of history education is becoming a huge barrier to the academic prospects of many potential historians, putting an end to their ambitions even before they are admitted to college. However, through history scholarships offered by different organizations, aspiring historians can offset tuition and other related fees and achieve their dreams as historians, writers, lawyers, researchers, archaeologists, politicians, and more. Below are important history scholarships that can help you to realize your career aspirations.
The graduate scholarship is extended to graduate students who are taking master’s degree in history, particularly outstanding teachers who want to be better teachers of the American Constitution at High School level. The James Madison Foundation Graduate Scholarship is $24,000 per winner per state, and helps the winner to participate in the James Madison Foundation’s four-week Summer Institute on the American constitution at Georgetown University. To quality, a secondary school history teacher should be a U.S. citizen who is already having a bachelor’s degree and is currently taking a career program to be teacher of American History for the grades 7-12. The application deadline is March 4 of every year.
The AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholarship is an exciting 10-week summer placement in the field at a stipend of $4,000 and a huge scholarship award of $5,000 to passionate activists who have burning interests in developing careers in the labor movement. To win the award, you must be taking a program in political science, history, anthropology, sociology, American studies, labor studies, public policy or social work, and with at least a 2.5 GPA or higher. You must also be a second-semester junior or sophomore. The deadline for the scholarship is February 28 of every year.
Administered by the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, the undergraduate scholarship is given to an outstanding member of the society who is entering their fall semester’s senior year and majoring on Modern European History, from 1815 to the present. Applicants must submit a current resume, signed letter from the college’s department chair, three recommendation letters, and official copies of undergraduate transcripts. The awarded amount is $1,000 for a winner and the application deadline is March 1.
The Bolton-Cutter Prize is an annual award of $500 to any student who submits the best article on any phase of Borderlands history, from the Californias to the Floridas, and from the 16th century to the present age. Offered by the Western History Association, the award allows winners to have their essays published in the Western Historical Quarterly. Applicants are expected to develop essays that provide precise synthesis of major economic, social and political developments on chosen institutions, movements and peoples. The deadline for application is April 1 of every year.
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) is a fellowship program that offers a monthly stipend of $1,850 and housing to graduate and doctoral winners who are pursuing history majors and are engaged in research projects that are related to the 18th century American history. To be funded, the candidate must submit an application online, and provide a one-page bibliography of the literature to be covered, at least two recommendation letters, and a current CV that describes the proposed research project. Deadline for application is January 1 of every year.