Funding opportunities, scholarships, and awards

Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Internships

Incoming and continuing History M.A. students are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships and graduate public service internships (including those at historical sites, museums, and archives). For more information, including full application instructions, visit  Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Public Service Internships.

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 are received on a rolling basis and recipients will be notified soon after. 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

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 next be available to a History graduate student in the 2015-2016 academic year.