History Department Awards

Chapin Award for 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 and undergraduate students in the History honors program 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.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Recipients will be notified soon after review of all application materials. As a condition of acceptance, recipients of the award will present findings from their research at a departmental awards reception the following spring. The awards 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 materials can be sent by regular mail or be submitted to Julie Atwell in the History department office (UHB 3050). Any questions should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Kosmetatou.

The materials should be addressed to:

Chapin Award 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

Institutional Scholarships

Students pursuing a Graduate or Undergraduate degree at UIS are strongly encouraged to apply for institutional scholarships. UIS gave out over 250 scholarship awards, totaling over $400,000 in award money last year through the Access Illinois Match Program. The UIS History Department has scholarship opportunities specifically for both Graduate and Undergraduate students in History.

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Jane and John Stout Educational Scholarship
  • John W. Holtz Memorial Scholarship
  • Michael J. and Virginia A. Hogan Scholarship
  • Study Abroad Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

 How to Apply

To apply for scholarships, students need to complete the Scholarship Application, available on the Financial Aid website.

Additional Resources

To view a list of all institutional scholarships available at UIS, please visit the Financial Aid website.