Graduate scholarships and financial aid
The following scholarships are available to graduate students in the history program.
How to apply
Dr. Gerald R. Dreslinski Award
Each year the History Department may give the Dreslinski Award to one undergraduate major and one graduate student who have excelled in the study of early American history, broadly defined as the period between the colonial and Jacksonian eras (1600 to 1830s).
Rolf and Jennie Johannesen Endowed Memorial Award
The History Department may award up to two scholarships annually, each worth up to $500 for tuition, to undergraduate majors and/or graduate students with high GPAs at WSU. Special emphasis will be given to those who demonstrate special interest (broadly defined) in ancient/classical history or in the classical tradition from the Middle Ages to the present.
Joe L. Norris Endowed Award
Graduate students in American History can win $500 for an outstanding HIS 7830 or 8000-level seminar paper. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. No application required; prize based on nomination by faculty in Methods and Seminar courses. Awards will be made at the spring reception in April. This award is only open to history students.
Richard D. Miles Endowed Memorial Award
Graduate students may be awarded a $500 scholarship for an outstanding HIS 7830 or 8000-level seminar paper. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25. No application required; prize based on nomination by faculty in Methods and Seminar courses. Awards will be made at the spring reception in April. This award is only open to History students.
Alfred H. Kelly Memorial Research Award
Graduate Students may win an award worth up to $600 in research support (including travel). Students must complete the application form with CV, and a copy of their transcript. Awards will be made at the spring reception in April. This award is only open to history students.
Graduate Student Travel Award
The Graduate Student Professional Travel Award provides support to doctoral and master students presenting a scholarly paper or poster at a national major professional meeting. Only students enrolled full-time during the award year are eligible for this award. Presentation at conferences in the United States or Canada only; student must be the major presenter. Only one award per student per year. Funding for this award is a 3-way split: 50% from the Department of History, 25% from the Graduate School, 25% from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a maximum of $1,200 available per student. Available until all funds appropriated are depleted.
How to apply
- Students begin by contacting their advisor with a proposed budget
- If approved, then the student must make travel arrangements and file Wayne State travel documents through the History Department
WSU Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans Scholarship
Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to currently enrolled Wayne State undergraduate and graduate students who, through their activities or research promoting peace and justice best exemplify the values of the WSU students who fought fascism in Spain in the 1930s. The award has already recognized over 50 students for their work. In 2015, the scholarship went to Nicholas Klaus, for his work promoting civil and constitutional rights including his leadership in the National Lawyers' Guild and a legal observer of protests in St. Louis and Ferguson. We also recognized Nishanth Alluri for his work supporting health programs in West Africa and Central America and his local efforts promoting renewable energy. Previous recipients have worked for the Greening of Detroit, fought for gender equality on campus and against the sex trade in metro Detroit, and worked to alleviate poverty in the slums of Brazil.
How to apply
- Nominations of students and self-nominations should be sent by email to Professor Aaron Retis, email@example.com
- Attach a statement of up to 500 words explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award
The Society of Colonial Dames Prize
The History Department will nominate one eligible graduate student who concentrates on American history prior in 1845 and who provides evidence in a paper written on that subject. The Society offers an annual $1500 competitive prize to a graduate student in Michigan who concentrates on American history prior to 1845. No application required; based on faculty recommendations.