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Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

Applications for scholarships have various due dates; read the individual description for information on applying. For information about graduate scholarships, contact Graduate Coordinator Dr. Ron Delph.

Graduate Assistantships

In addition to the Opperman Fellowships (described below), the History Section annually awards six 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

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. 

Opperman Fellowships in History

Awarded to a graduate student in History. Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Preference is given to students who are beginning their work in the M.A. program in History. Students who are interested in earning an M.A. in History before advancing on to the Ph.D. are especially encouraged to apply.

The recipient will receive a $1000 award in the first year of the fellowship and a $3000 award in the second year. This award will be combined with a 100% Graduate Assistantship in the first year and a 50% Graduate Assistantship in the second year. Together, these awards will cover 30 hours of graduate tuition and provide a total cash stipend of about $14,500 over the course of the two years. In addition, the Opperman Fellowship carries with it a $1000 stipend to cover the cost of attendance at an academic conference, at which the Opperman Fellow will present his or her own research.

The Opperman Fellowship is typically awarded in May for the upcoming academic year.  

University- and College-Wide Awards

Additional scholarships may be found on the websites of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Office of Financial Aid, Campus Life, and the EMU Women’s Association.