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Financial Aid/Scholarships

Below are just a few of the several funding resources available to students of history at Portland State. Note: some of these are exclusively reserved for declared majors and graduate students.

 

Click here for information on undergraduate and graduate fellowships and Financial Aid:
Includes links to the Financial Aid Office and the PSU Scholarship Handbook, and information on the University Studies Mentor Programs and AAA Student Travel Grants.

Click here for information on graduate fellowships:
Includes information on various assistantships available through the PSU Department of History, including Teaching Assistantships, Rose Tucker Graduate Fellowships, and Editorial Fellowships at the Pacific Historical Review, as well as link to PSU's Office of Graduate Studies, which maintains its own list of funding sources for graduate students.

Click here for information on departmental awards and prizes available to history majors and graduate students:
Information on the Barney Burke and Anne Myers Scholarships in History, Friends of History Awards, Phi Alpha Theta Historical Writing Awards, Lauren Banasky Memorial Graduate Research Grants, and the Frederic Tudor Business History Awards.

Click here for information on external scholarships, awards, and other funding sources:
Includes information on the James Madison Graduate Fellowships, Phi Alpha Theta National Graduate Scholarships, Phi Alpha Theta National Undergraduate and Graduate Paper Prizes, David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships, and the Pacific Northwest Historians' Guild.

Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships and Financial Aid

Undergraduate and graduate students should examine the following websites for information on scholarships and financial aid at Portland State University:

PSU students who seek genuine teaching experience should apply to the University Studies Mentor Programs. Graduate mentors assist instructors in Sophomore Inquiry courses and Transfer Transition courses, and lead their own associated mentor sessions. Peer (undergraduate) mentors assist instructors in Freshman Inquiry courses. All mentors receive in-state tuition and a monthly stipend. For more information on mentors, see the University Studies website.

The Academically-Controlled Auxiliary Activities (AAA) Fund provides student travel grants of up to $1,000 each to assist students in presenting the products of their scholarly research at regional and national meetings. Funding requests must be submitted at least three weeks before funding is needed. For details and application procedures, contact the chair of the AAA Committee.

(Note: the AAA often exhausts its annual budget by the middle of the academic year, so the earlier in the academic year that you can submit your request, the better chance of securing funding you may have.)

Graduate Fellowships

There are a number of graduate teaching assistantships available through the PSU History Department. These fellowships provide tuition waiver and a monthly stipend paid for the performance of assigned duties. The number of assistantships and the size of the stipend varies from year to year depending on the budget. Application forms are available in the History Department office, and are due by 15 February for the following academic year. (Note: only students accepted to the MA Program in History are eligible for these assistantships.)

There are also currently two Rose Tucker Fellowships offered each year to graduate students in History at PSU. These fellowships include tuition waiver and a monthly stipend paid for work at the Oregon Historical Society. The stipend is approximately $5,400 per year. Selection of applicants is done by a committee composed of a PSU History professors and employees of the Oregon Historical Society. In the past, graduate assistants have been assigned to work in the Oregon History museum, the library, and for the journal Oregon Historical Quarterly. Application forms are available in the History Department office, and are due by 15 February for the following academic year.

The Pacific Historical Review is a journal published quarterly, and edited here at Portland State University. The journal offers two Caroline Stoel Fellowships annually to PSU graduate students in History. These editorial assistantships include tuition waiver and a monthly stipend paid for working at the journal. The application forms for these assistantships are available from the Pacific Historical Review (located in Cramer Hall 487), or by mail at: PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207. Applications are due postmarked by 15 February annually. For more information on the nature of the fellowships and application procedures, contact the editorial office of the Pacific Historical Review, (503) 725-8230.

New applicants to our MA Program are eligible to apply for these assistantships, and will submit materials for consideration via our online application process. Students currently enrolled in our MA Program may also apply for these assistantships by submitting an application, found here.

The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) maintains a substantive list of Graduate Funding Resources at PSU, including the Laurels Graduate Award (which provides up to $5,000 per year for MA students in History).

Departmental Awards and Prizes

Barney Burke Prizes in History: This spring, these self-nominating scholarships will be given to outstanding graduate students in our MA Program in History. Two awards of $1,250 each will be available to graduate history students. To apply, students must submit a short essay detailing their academic achievements, university/community service, and other circumstances affecting their education (employment, family obligations, financial need, etc.). Application forms are available online (click here) or in the History Department.

Anne P. Myers Prizes in History: These three self-nominating scholarships are given to outstanding undergraduate history majors each winter for the purpose of defraying the costs of books and classroom materials. The scholarships are given on the basis of the student's application, whereby they detail their academic achievements, university/community service, and other circumstances affecting their education (employment, family obligations, financial need, etc.). Application forms are available in the History Department or by clicking here.

Friends of History Awards: The Friends of History organization, which works in close conjunction with the PSU History Department to promote the study of history in the larger community, annually offers four prizes of $50-$100 to PSU history students:

  • Jesse L. Gilmore Prize for Service to the History Department (Undergraduate)
  • Meritorious Service to the History Department (Graduate)
  • GPA Award in History, Undergraduate Major
  • GPA Award in History, Graduate Student

These prizes are awarded each spring at the end-of-year reception in mid-June. They are not self-nominating; student records are used to determine the GPA awards. For the service awards, professors and other interested people submit names to the Friends of History Board and one is chosen from among those names submitted.

Seminar Paper Awards: These awards of $50-$100, established by Phi Alpha Theta in 1986 and funded by the Friends of History organization, are given annually to outstanding papers written for history seminars (courses listed as HST 407/507) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These awards are not self-nominating; professors submit worthy papers after each term of teaching a seminar class and the officers of Phi Alpha Theta judge them blindly and choose the winners.

Frederic Tudor Business History Awards: These awards, of up to $400, are given annually to outstanding papers in business history, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. (For more information on Frederic Tudor, click here.) These awards are not self-nominating; professors submit worthy papers after each term of teaching an eligible course. Each April, the officers of Phi Alpha Theta judge them blindly and choose the winners.

Lauren Banasky Memorial Grants for Graduate Research in History: Named in honor of former MA student Lauren Banasky, these grants of up to $500 are given annually to help defray the costs of research for our graduate students. Application forms are available in the History Department or by clicking here.

External Scholarships and Awards

Note: The scholarships and awards listed below are offered by granting organizations outside of the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE). For more complete information, click on the links below.

James Madison Fellowships: These fellowships pay up to $12,000 per annum for one or two years to graduate students pursuing an MA in American History or Politics, with an emphasis on the American Constitution, and with the purpose of becoming school teachers. Note: Fellows are required to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for one year per each full academic year of study under the fellowship. Those who fail to do so are required to repay the entire fellowship plus interest. Applications are due by 1 March annually.

Phi Alpha Theta National Scholarship and Prizes: A variety of scholarships and paper prizes are offered by the national office of Phi Alpha Theta. All applicants must be student members of Phi Alpha Theta.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships: Graduate students specializing in non-western fields may be elligible for fellowships of up to $12,000 from the National Security Education Program. Applications must be postmarked by 31 January.

Pacific Northwest Historians' Guild Research Abstracts: The Pacific Northwest Historians' Guild seeks to publicize the work of history graduate students in their quarterly newsletter. These abstracts of works-in-progress will offer opportunities for MA and Ph.D. candidates to share their work with others, and to pose research queries to the historical community. The abstract should include the submitter's name, indicate whether this is a thesis or dissertation, the submitter's institution, and email (or other best contact). The heart of the submission is the project's title, three meaty sentences that describe the project, and one or two sentences requesting assistance from historians in the Pacific Northwest. Submit abstracts to: Lorraine McConaghy (lorraine.mcconaghy@seattlehistory.org), or by mail to the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98112.