In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer program-specific scholarships in history. 

scholarships

Undergraduate Research Scholarship  

History majors with Junior or Senior standing who demonstrate academic excellence are eligible to apply. The Undergraduate Research Scholarship supports students undertaking research to complete a Senior or Honors thesis. 

Environmental History Scholarship

The Environmental History Scholarship supports students who have already completed preliminary research to allow them to expand and revise their work. 

Number and Amount of scholarships 

1 undergraduate research scholarship = 2,000 and 1 environmental history scholarship = $4,000.

Application Deadline: September 28, 5pm.

Contact Person: Dr. Heather Gumbert

History Prize

The History Department offers an annual award for the best research paper on a historical topic by an undergraduate student. The winner is chosen by a committee of Phi Alpha Theta students.

JCurtis Prize

This award honors Frank Curtis, who loved history, particularly Civil War era history. The award is given to an undergraduate student who has written the most outstanding essay on a topic in Virginia or Civil War history.

Wilson Prize

Each spring, the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa sponsors an essay contest.

Digital History Prize

This award is available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Work must be produced as a part of a history course, from an individual or a group.

Phoenix Award

This award recognizes achievement and scholastic perseverance of an undergraduate history student.

Contact Person: Dr. Heather Gumbert 

 

Students wishing to pursue a master’s degree at Virginia Tech are eligible for funding support from the program. Each year the program awards graduate assistantships with tuition waivers to most graduate students. These assistantships offer students pre-professional training in historical pedagogy or historical research as they support the work of individual faculty members. Advanced students with graduate assistantships may, if qualified, teach an undergraduate survey course during their last semester in the program. Students interested in careers in library or archival administration should ask to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship in Special Collections at Virginia Tech’s Newman Library.  

Duration of Funding

We normally offer 2 years of Assistantships for funded M.A students. Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties. 

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:

-Stipend

-Tuition waiver

-Health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)

Applying for Funding

A question on the Graduate School application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will respond to additional questions and be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Please note that you do not need to submit separate application to be considered for Graduate Assistantships.

Application Open Dates: Same as admissions

Deadline: February 1

Contact Person: Brianna Crowder

 

-Up to $5000 awarded annually, renewable for a second year

-Supports research interests in the causes and consequences of the American Civil War, broadly construed

-Candidates for these scholarships may pursue a wide variety of research approaches (including social, political, cultural, military, or economic history) and topics (including—but not limited to—race, slavery, gender, memory and memorialization, violence, political protest, science and medicine, transformations in everyday life, industrialization).

-Recipients of these scholarships are also eligible to hold graduate assistantships.

To apply: submit a separate, one-page (maximum 400 words) essay that

-Explains how your specific research interests relate to the purpose of the scholarship.

-Describes any previous research experience in the area of Civil War studies.

-Discusses how this research will contribute to your career goals.

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Scholarship application should be mailed directly to the 

Department of History, 

Attention: Director of Graduate Studies, 

Mail Code 0117, 

Virginia Tech,

Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Application Open Dates: September 1 - February 1 

Deadline: February 1

Contact Person: Brianna Crowder

-Up to $1500, awarded annually for one year.

-Supports research specifically focused on the history of Virginia.

-Curtis Foundation Scholarships encourage students to pursue a wide variety of research approaches and topics that advance our understanding of the place of the state and the experiences of Virginians in any era of history.

-Recipients of these scholarships are also eligible to hold graduate assistantships.

To apply: submit a separate, one-page (maximum 400 words) essay that

-Explains clearly and concisely how your research interests relate to the purpose of the scholarship.

-Discusses how these research interests relate to your career goals.

-The Curtis Scholarship application should be mailed directly to the Department of History, 

Attention: 

Director of Graduate Studies, 

Mail Code 0117, 

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Application Open Dates: September 1 - February 1 

Deadline: February 1

Contact Person: Brianna Crowder

This prize recognizes the outstanding master's thesis by a graduate student in history during the preceding year

The award recognizes outstanding performance by a graduate assistant. 

Department and faculty members may nominate Graduate Students for following Assistantships and Fellowships:

Dean's Diversity Assistantships

Ellen E. Wade Graduate Studies Fellowship

George E. and Hester B. Aker Fellowship

McNair Assistantship

Powell Fellowship