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.

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 October. More information and application instructions are available on the The Humanities Institute (THI) website.


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.

Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship

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 October. 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.


Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship

The Undergraduate Digital Research 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. This fellowship is a two-quarter program. During the winter quarter, students meet every other week for hands on workshops and meetings with Digital Humanities practitioners. The spring 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 in early November. More information can be found on the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons website. Questions? Email Rachel Deblinger, Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons, at digitalcommons@ucsc.edu.


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.

The David A. Kadish Humanities Scholarship Award

The David A. Kadish Humanities Scholarship Award recognizes an undergraduate student with financial need who displays a strong interest in the study of the humanities. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is given each year in Spring quarter. This scholarship is funded through gift funds from David Kadish (History, ‘73).

Eligible applicants are registered UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students in good standing during the Spring quarter and declared in one of the following majors: Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism, Classical Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, German Studies, History, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, Language Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, or Spanish Studies.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due March 1, 2018.


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.


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', Chancellor's, and Steck 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', Chancellor's, and Steck 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.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S. Fulbright Student Program offers fully-funded awards (up to one year) that allow U.S. citizens who are recent graduates or graduate students to go abroad for study, research, or teaching. The Fulbright may be utilized to explore research interests, graduate or independent study projects, and/or English teaching opportunities in participating countries. There are opportunities in over 140 countries. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

Applications are due in early September. More information can be found on the UCSC Fulbright U.S. Student Program website. Questions? Contact Krissy Loveman, Study Abroad Advisor, Division of Global Engagement, at kloveman@ucsc.edu or 831-459-2561.

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