Fellowship and Award Opportunities

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History students are encouraged to apply for fellowship and scholarship opportunities that support their future and ongoing undergraduate research. Students may also apply for excellence awards that recognize achievement in completed research.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Research Awards

There are hundreds of scholarship and award opportunities available to UC Santa Cruz undergraduates. All students are encourage to be on the lookout for additional funding opportunities that support their unique personal and academic goals.


Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowships (Formerly HUGRA) support undergraduate research projects at UC Santa Cruz in the humanities. Up to 10 fellowships in the amount of $500 each are given each year. There are no constraints on the expenditure of the stipend. The top proposal receives the Bertha N. Melkonian prize, an additional $500. Any project involving research within or including any of the humanities disciplines is eligible for consideration.

Applications are due in late Fall quarter. More information and application instructions are available on the The Humanities Institute (THI) website.


The Siobhan O’Neill Memorial Scholarship

The Siobhan O’Neill Memorial Scholarship was established by Patricia “Pat” O’Neill (Philosophy, ‘74) in memory of her sister, Siobhan O'Neill (History, '82). This scholarship supports history majors with an interest in history, art, and/or government. One or more awards are made annually, based on merit. The scholarship amount varies from year to year, but can be up to $1,000.

Questions? Contact the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator.


UCSC College Scholars Program

The College Scholars Program offers a congenial and stimulating academic home for a select group of well-prepared students at UC Santa Cruz. Through this honors program, students can expect to challenge themselves academically, find other students who are similarly motivated, and explore undergraduate research. This enriched program of study includes special courses, seminars, colloquia, and other events during each quarter of the academic year.

Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship

The Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship is a two-quarter program for undergraduate students looking to build independent digital research projects. Students are introduced to Digital Humanities methods and learn digital skills that allow them to build unique digital projects.

This new fellowship is an opportunity for undergraduate students to engage with the Digital Humanities: learning digital tools, methodologies, and community practices in order to build a research project of their own design. During the Winter 2020 Quarter, students meet every other week for hands-on workshops and meetings with DH practitioners. The following quarter is dedicated to building individual projects. Participants receive individual mentorship and training to build a project that reflects their own research interests.

Applications are due by Friday, December 13, 2019. More information may be found on the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons website. Questions? Email digitalcommons@ucsc.edu.


The David A. Kadish Humanities Scholarship Award

The David A. Kadish Humanities Scholarship Award recognizes deserving students with a strong interest in the study of humanities. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is given each year. This scholarship is generously funded through gift funds from Cowell alumnus David Kadish (History, ‘73).

If you’re a UC Santa Cruz undergraduate student with financial need who displays a strong interest in the study of the humanities, you may be eligible for this award. You must be a registered student in good standing during the Spring 2020 quarter and be declared in one of the Humanities Division majors.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due by Monday, March 20, 2020.


Study Abroad Scholarships

There are many scholarships available for study abroad! Commit to spending time researching your options and submitting your applications. A list of available study abroad scholarships, including several UCEAP Scholarship opportunities and Diversity Abroad Scholarships, can be found on the UCSC Study Abroad website.

Fanny Carruthers History Scholarship

Anne Jane (Fanny) Carruthers Howard died on Feb. 15, 1972 and left a portion of her estate in a trust. Her wishes were that this trust be used to fund scholarships for UC Santa Cruz history majors who are graduates of Santa Clara County high schools. One or more awards are made annually, based on financial need and academic merit. The scholarship amount varies from year to year, but can be up to $2,000.

Applications are due in early March. Questions? Contact the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator.


Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship (Not Available 2019-2020)

The Koret Scholars Program provides funding for a variety of undergraduate research projects and experiences. Fifty Undergraduate Research Scholarships of $1,500 are available to students in any major or discipline who propose an undergraduate research project or creative activity. Up to an additional $500 is available for materials and expenses.

Applications are due in late Fall quarter. More information and application instructions are available on the Koret Scholars website. Questions? Contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities at ugrdhnrs@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-5386.


Department of History Linda Peterson Awards

The History Department gives excellence awards at the end of each academic year to recognize undergraduate student achievement. These awards are named in honor of history alumna Linda Peterson (Stevenson, 1970), whose continued support of the History Department makes this award, the Undergraduate History Showcase, and other department events and initiatives possible.

Linda Peterson Awards may be conferred for work based on geographic distinctions (e.g., American, world, European or Asian history). Optional awards may also be awarded at the discretion of the Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC). Optional awards are available in the following categories:

  • pre-600
  • pre-1800
  • trans-regional history, for work that does not fall clearly into one geographic area of concentration
  • the Hitchcock Award, for the best project submitted

Awardees receive $100 in recognition of their achievement. The top three papers or projects, irrespective of the departmental awards, are nominated by the department for consideration in the Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Awards competitions.

Applications are due in early spring quarter. Students may apply for these awards at the invitation of a nominating history faculty mentor. Applications are submitted by applying to the Deans', Chancellor's, and Steck Awards competitions. Questions? Contact the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator.


Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Awards

The Deans and Chancellor wish to encourage and stimulate outstanding scholarship and creativity among undergraduate students. Deans' Awards are granted to fifty undergraduate projects, ten from each of the academic divisions. Each winning project receives a $100 cash award. 

Fifteen undergraduate projects, three from each division, are selected from the Deans' Award recipients to also receive the Chancellor’s Award. Chancellor’s Awardees receive an additional $500 and are considered for the Steck Award.

The Steck Award recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate research project of the current academic year and carries a $1000 cash award. In addition, the winning research project is bound and copies are given to the student(s), the research supervisor, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck Family whose generous contributions have made this award possible.

Applications are due in early spring quarter. More information and and application instructions are available on the UCSC Undergraduate Honors website.

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