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Porter Coble Scholarship for Graduate Students in History

The Porter Coble Scholarship is a one-time monetary subsidy given to a deserving graduate student in the History Department. The scholarship will be applied to tuition and fees during this academic year ($300 for each semester). Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.75.

To apply, submit a letter of application of approximately 500-800 words on the following:

Explain your academic qualifications

  • Clarify your progress toward your degree
  • Indicate existing awards and need for the scholarship

Applications must be received by Friday October 12

Please deliver a paper copy of your application to:

Julie Atwell, Secretary for History, UHB 3050


Chapin Scholarship for Graduate Student Research

The Department of History is pleased to offer Chapin Scholarships to assist qualified students conducting archival and other primary source research.  The scholarships are designed to help meritorious graduate students with expenses such as travel, lodging, copying, archive and library fees, purchasing research materials, and other costs directly related to significant research based on primary source materials.   In exceptional cases with faculty support, undergraduate awardees will also be considered.  The topic of the historical research is open.  Applications are due Friday, November 16th 2012 and scholarships will be awarded soon afterwards.  As a condition of acceptance, recipients of the scholarships will present findings from their research at a departmental awards reception the following spring.  The scholarships are made possible by a generous growing endowment from Nancy Lanphier and Charles Armstrong Chapin.

Application process

The Chapin Award committee invites applications and nominations for this year’s Chapin History Award. Applicants must be History graduate students or advanced undergraduate History majors with an ambitious project that will require traveling for research with primary source material. Complete applications should include:

  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A project description, including what benefit the applicant expects to derive from the award. Applicants should also ideally have obtained permission from the archives and/or libraries they wish to visit in order to work there during the period covered by the award.
  3. A detailed budget
  4. An official transcript
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the committee.

The deadline for the receipt of complete applications is Friday, November 16th 2012.

The materials can be sent by regular mail or be simply submitted to Julie Atwell in the History department office. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Kosmetatou.

The materials should be addressed to:

Chapin Scholarship Committee
Department of History
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS UHB 3050
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Applicants interested in assistance in preparing the budget should contact Donald Long, UIS Coordinator of Grants and Contracts

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of at least one specialist in American history and one specialist in non-American history