The History Department is excited to announce its restructured and enhanced program to provide research and conference presentation grants for graduate students. The new structure is simpler and more flexible and, most significantly, provides more funds to support graduate student research and conference attendance. Funding caps have been raised across the board, and the Department is making it easier to apply for and receive these funds. Eligibility has also expanded; graduate students wishing to conduct research in December of their first year or in the summer between their first and second year can now apply for research support. Finally, the Department has added a new category, Special Projects, to support unusual training or research needs. There are many other specific funding sources for graduate student research within and beyond the university, but this program guarantees that all History students can receive essential support at different stages on the path to a PhD.

The History Department’s graduate student grants are funded by gifts from the Freehling, Kunstadter, and Sinkler families, and in honor of Profs. Eric Cochrane, T. Bentley Duncan, John Hope Franklin, Arthur Mann, and William H. McNeill. History’s Fellowships Committee awards the grants.

For more information on types of grants, application cycles and requirements, and deadlines, visit the Department's updated funding page or contact Sonja Rusnak at