Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

The Department of History provides many resources to help undergraduate and graduate students fund their education. Consult the information on our scholarships, internships, student employment opportunities, travel funding, and our annual writing awards.

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Preston J. Nibley History Scholarship: full tuition for one year. History majors and pre-majors can apply
  • George Ellsworth American History Scholarship: full tuition and fees for one year. History majors with an outstanding record and interest in US history can apply.
  • J. Duncan Brite Non-US History Scholarship: full tuition and fees for one year. History majors with an outstanding record and interest in non-US history can apply.
  • Leonard N. Rosenband Scholarship: $1,000. History majors with outstanding record in history can apply.
  • Mehdi Heravi International Experience Scholarship: $1,000 (study abroad). This scholarship provides funding to History and Religious Studies majors to participate in an international study abroad experience. History and Religious Studies majors can apply.
  • R. Edward Glatfelter Scholarship: $1,000. History majors with an Asian studies major or minor are eligible to apply. Students can also meet eligibility with three courses in Asian history and a history major. 
  • Ralph Erickson Scholarship: $1,000. History majors can apply.
  • Ross Peterson Scholarship: $500. Non-traditional students with outstanding record in history can apply.
  • Daniel McInerney Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship supports a student who is making good progress toward their history degree but who has faced hardships or challenges along the way. History majors can apply.
  • Norm Jones Undergraduate Student Fellowship: $1,000. Rising seniors or senior undergraduates, with a declared major in History or Religious Studies, can apply. 
  • Religious Studies Majors' Scholarship: $500. Religious Studies majors who have completed or are currently enrolled in two Religious Studies courses may apply.
  • History Department Tuition Scholarship: amounts vary. History majors with an outstanding record in history can apply.

Undergraduate Writing Awards

  • Nicholls HIST4990 Award: $500 in spring. Outstanding students in 4990 are nominated for this award by faculty. Students don't need to submit an application.
  • W. Mont Timmins Essay Award: $500 in early summer. Students with a paper that focus on an aspect of Cache Valley history are nominated for this award by faculty. Students don't need to submit an application. 
  • Kathryn Bowen Bullen Award: $500 in spring. Students with papers for 300/400 level history classes are nominated for this award by faculty. Students don't need to submit an application.
  • Student Research Paper Awards of Merit for work in Mormon History: $300 annually. Any USU student writing a research paper in Mormon history as part of coursework is eligible for award. Papers are nominated by faculty. 
  • Annual Arrington Student Writing Awards: Cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essays ($1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, sponsored by the Arrington Lecture Foundation). Any enrolled USU student is eligible. Entrants must attend the autumn Arrington Lecture and write an essay of at least 2,500 words in response to the lecture. The essay should be submitted to a committee appointed by the Arrington Lecture Board of Directors. (Specific submission instructions will be provided at the lecture.)  

Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships

Each UTF is assigned to a faculty member in a specific undergraduate course and helps primarily in classroom management. The UTF may operate the audio-visual equipment, organize hand-outs, take attendance, and maintain grades. Teaching fellows must normally maintain a grade point average of 3.3 in their history courses and expected to work in a course they have already taken. Notice whether these classes employ a UTF and what tasks the UTF performs. Be sure to speak to the professor about the possibility of working in the course in the future. Nearly all UTF assignments are made in the spring semester for the following academic year. Speak with Professor Frances Titchener if you have any questions, and be sure to start applying for a position in February or March for the upcoming academic year.

Undergraduate Internships

Internships provide an opportunity for students to both help fund their education and receive valuable hands-on experience. For more information on how to find an internship and make it count for course credit, please consult the internship page

Undergraduate Travel Awards

Classics Summer Stipend: award amounts vary. For students who are planning to take a summer course in Greek or Latin or who are planning to travel to Greece or Italy for a  classical civilization course during the summer.

History Department Travel Awards: award amounts vary. Students who have been accepted to a conference or who have received a research travel award are eligible to apply by submitting this application

Mehdi Heravi International Experience Scholarship: $1,000 (study abroad). This scholarship provides funding to History and Religious Studies majors to participate in an international study abroad experience. History and Religious Studies majors can apply.

Wheatley International Affairs Conference: Cost of travel, lodging, registration fee, and food to attend the Wheatley International Affairs Conference in Provo Canyon. Any student of outstanding academic merit who has an interest in religion and international affairs is eligible. Students are nominated by faculty, but students may indicate their interest to a faculty member. Lodging and food are sponsored by Wheatley, while travel and registration are sponsored by the Religious Studies Program.