Applications for scholarships have various due dates; read the individual description for information on applying. For information about graduate scholarships, contact Graduate Coordinator Dr. John McCurdy.
The History Section annually awards several Graduate Assistantships to qualified students. Graduate Assistantships carry a cash stipend and cover the tuition for nine hours of graduate level course work. Students receiving an assistantship work as teaching and/or research assistants depending on the needs of the Section. Graduate Assistantships are awarded annually in May for the upcoming academic year.
Scholarships and Criteria
Opperman Fellowships in History
Awarded to a student pursuing an MA in History. The applicant have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Preference is given to students who are beginning their graduate studies and those who plan on going to pursue a PhD.
The Opperman Fellow receives a graduate assistantship for two academic years. This award carries a stipend of nearly $17,000 over two years, and covers tuition for the thirty hours required for this degree. Support for research travel is available as well as a summer stipend of $2,500. The Opperman Fellowship also provides $1000 to cover the cost of attendance at an academic conference. The Opperman Fellow is expected to complete a thesis.
The deadline for the 2020-2021 Opperman Fellowship is Friday, January 10, 2020.
Opperman Fellow Thesis Prospectus Summer Support Grant
Due to a generous donation from Judge Daniel Opperman, the History program is able to provide $2500 to one Opperman Fellow per year to assist in writing his or her thesis prospectus. The fellow should apply for the Thesis Prospectus Summer Support Grant in the second semester of his or her first year in the program and he or she is encouraged to combine the award with other fellowships such as the Opperman History Research Fund, the Graduate School Student Travel Assistance Award, and the Graduate Student Research Support Fund. Applications are due to the EMU History Graduate Adviser by March 1.
Richard Henry "Hank" Abbott Memorial Endowed Scholarship
To be given to a full time graduate student in History.
Richard Davis Goff Endowed Scholarship
To be given to a graduate student in history who has selected the thesis option and who is in the process of completing his/her last 15 credit hours. The award is to cover the last 6 thesis hours based on in-state tuition. It is awarded to students based on the quality of their thesis proposal and History GPA. The thesis proposal must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator and is only awarded once per student.
University- and College-Wide Awards