History Undergraduate Research Grants

The History Department Undergraduate Research Fund awards grants to students who require funds to travel to archives or for research materials for extensive projects, usually as part of a history seminar, or as a continuation of work begun there. All students are encouraged to apply. The Department also has additional funds to support undergraduate research for students in the Honors program.

The application process is overseen by the Undergraduate Chair. The size of the award will depend upon research needs, distance of travel, and the quality of the proposal, to a maximum of $1000. Grants may be used to fund, for example: transportation to a library or archive, reasonable lodging expenses associated with such travel; user fees if required; microfilming, or photocopying costs associated with doing research; costs of scanning archival or otherwise unavailable material and purchasing database subscriptions due to COVID19 restrictions. Funding is not normally available for other living expenses such as meals, or for photocopying the thesis itself.

Additionally, History Majors engaged in a significant research project in U.S. history from 1750 to 1865 may apply for the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Travel Award. This award is intended to support and enrich the research experience of undergraduates, especially those interested in the history of American democracy, citizenship, rights, and values, broadly construed. The amount of the award will be no more than $1,500, to be used for travel and research expenses. Any History major, whether working on honors theses, seminar papers, or guided independent research, are welcome to submit applications.

Application instructions for all Undergraduate History Department funding can be found here: https://www.history.upenn.edu/undergraduate/research-funding

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  The deadline for summer applications is May 1, 2022.


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