Financial Aid/Scholarships

A number of scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available to undergraduate majors and graduate students in history at Portland State.

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.


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.

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.

Information on the Friends of History Awards, Phi Alpha Theta Historical Writing Awards, Lauren Banasky Memorial Graduate Research Grants, and the Frederic Tudor Business History Awards.

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.

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. The deadline for applying for these assistantships is February 15. New applicants to our MA Program are eligible for these assistantships, and must submit materials for consideration as part of the online application process to the program. Students currently enrolled in our MA Program may also apply for these assistantships by submitting application materials to the department; you may download an application form , or forms are also available in the History Department.

There are also currently Rose Tucker Fellowships offered each year to a graduate student in History at PSU. The fellowship includes tuition waiver and a monthly stipend paid for work at the Oregon Historical Society. 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 QuarterlyNew applicants to our MA Program are eligible for these assistantships, and must submit materials for consideration as part of the online application process to the program. Students currently enrolled in our MA Program may also apply for these assistantships by submitting application materials to the department.

The Pacific Historical Review is a journal published quarterly, and edited here at Portland State University. The journal offers two Fellowships annually to PSU graduate students in History. These editorial assistantships include tuition waiver and a monthly stipend paid for working at the journal. For questions about the fellowship application, please contact the editors by email ( mail (Pacific Historical Review, 487 Cramer Hall, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751), or by visiting our office (487 Cramer Hall). Complete applications should be emailed directly to the PHR office (not via the history department) and postmarked no later than March 1st.

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

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. (More information on Frederic Tudor) 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 European History or Women's History: This grant is named in honor of former M.A. student Lauren Banasky and is available to graduate students completing a thesis in European history or women's history. The grant, in the amount of $500, must be used for travel expenses to an archive or conference or to purchase books or other source materials that will enable the student to complete their thesis. The award is competitive and available to at least one student per year. Learn more about Lauren.

Stephanie K. Oliver Graduate Award: This award is intended to assist those M.A. students who are working on their thesis. It is a one-time fund, awarded at the discretion of the department chair in an amount not to exceed $2,000. Applicants must be at the graduate level in History, hold a 3.5 overall GPA, and have completed their field exams and language requirement. Applicants must submit a brief (300 words or less) statement "describing how a Stephanie K. Oliver Award will assist you in the completion of your thesis.” Applications must also include a statement of support from the student’s primary advisor.


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 eligible 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 (, or by mail to the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98112.