Awards and Fellowships

M.A. applicants: the History Department is currently unable to offer financial aid to M.A. students. However, UAlbany's College of Arts and Sciences has created a Dean's Scholarship Award Program, offering tuition support in some circumstances -- see this document -- effective for new MA students Fall 2018 and after. Also, some history internships may be paid, and M.A. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply for scholarship and/or travel stipends available through various department, university, and external sources. Information about opportunities is frequently shared via department email. In addition, through the University at Albany’s Office for Sponsored Programs, all graduate students are offered the option of joining SPIN, a web-based database of sponsored funding opportunities.

Below are some University at Albany opportunities that may be of interest to graduate students in the Department of History:

The Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries Award
Cash awards to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who submit an application describing a research project/class paper related to feminist social justice using materials in The University at Albany Libraries’ M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives. The awards are $100 for undergraduate and $500 for graduate students.
Guidelines for 2018 will be available in February.

Initiatives for Women (IFW)
Initiatives for Women (IFW) awards, generally between $500 and $1500, are designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for women students, staff, and faculty. Applications for the 19th round of awards are due by Friday, March 2, 2018. 

Department of History Paper Prize Competitions
An opportunity to have your research recognized by the Department. Each prize comes with a small cash award. Submissions from all history graduate students are encouraged. To apply for one of the prizes below, submit a copy of your research paper via email directly to Prof. David Hochfelder, Graduate Director, Deadline: March 9, 2018.

    The Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in American History is awarded to the graduate student who submits the most outstanding research paper in American History.
    The Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in History is awarded to the graduate student who submits the most outstanding research paper in any geographic area other than American History.
    The Phi Alpha Theta Award is given to a Master’s student for an outstanding paper in history written within the last calendar year (since January 2017). Winner will be recognized at the Phi Alpha Theta reception.

Sherry Penney Award
Established by Dr. Sherry Penney, a distinguished History Department alumna, the Sherry Penney Award is given to the most outstanding woman graduate student in History who is planning to pursue a career in history. Next deadline to apply: March 9, 2018; no applications will be accepted after the deadline. The following application materials should be submitted directly to Graduate Director David Hochfelder,

  • Statement summarizing progress towards your degree and professional career plans
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty to support your application. One of the recommendations must be from History faculty at the University at Albany. (Due by March 8, 2018.)

Joseph E. Persico '52 Fellowship Fund
A fellowship established in honor of distinguished alumnus Joseph E. Persico '52, this fund will provide fellowships to deserving graduate students who are studying American history. All graduate students in good standing, who are conducting research on some aspect of U.S. history (including those doing comparative and international projects), are eligible to apply, although priority will be given to doctoral students engaged in dissertation research. Deadline to apply: March 16, 2018.

History Department Doctoral Research Award
Open to all UAlbany doctoral students in history. Funds may be used for any expenses related directly to research, including travel to archival collections and other research sites, photocopying, etc. Students should submit a single application for this award and the Persico Award. The committee will consider it for the award for which it is eligible. Students may apply for fellowships ranging from $200 to $4000. Priority will be given to those who have not received support through these programs previously, though all applications will be fully considered. Applications may receive partial funding at the discretion of the awards committee. Deadline to apply: March 16, 2018.

UAlbany Department of History and Judaic Studies Program, various awards for students working in Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies.

Other University at Albany resource information:

Among external opportunities of interest to history graduate students: