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Awards and Scholarships in History

Please contact history@american.edu for information on submission procedures.

Undergraduate

AU undergraduates are invited to submit a research paper for consideration for the The Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr. Undergraduate Research Scholarship. This prize, which carries a cash award of up to $7,000 in funds, recognizes excellence in historical research that makes substantial use of the collections National Archives. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of AU History Professor Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.

The Janet Oppenheim Prize is awarded annually to recognize excellence in research produced in the year-long capstone research seminar. The prize includes a cash award of $1,000. In some years, the department may offer more than one scholarship. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This scholarship was established in memory of AU History Professor Janet Oppenheim.

The James W. Mooney Research Award supports undergraduate research by students preparing their major seminar senior theses. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This award includes a cash award of $3,000 to defray the cost of travel, lodging, food, and research for the History Capstone project during the winter break. This scholarship was established in memory of AU History Professor James Mooney.

The Dorothy Gondos-Beers Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded annually to a deserving student in the Department of History who may use the funds to meet the costs associated with attendance at the University. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of AU History Professor Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.

The Valerie French Undergraduate Seminar Prize, in the amount of $500, is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to help defray the cost of attending a conference or to conduct research. Every spring, the recipient will be chosen following History day. This prize is funded through the Valerie French History Education Fund endowed by former chair of the History Department, Valerie French.

Conference Support is available through the History Department for undergraduate students. Those undergraduates receiving funding from American University for travel to present a paper at a conference may also apply to the Department for additional funds. Submit your paper proposal, notice of its acceptance, notice of your AU support, and a projected budget to history@american.edu with the subject line "UG application for conference travel." Deadline: Rolling.

Graduate

The Richard and Carol Breitman Endowed Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, is designed to provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled full-time in the Department of History, who is pursuing his or her doctorate. Preference is to be given to students who have focused on European History. This scholarship may be renewed so long as the student remains in good standing and is enrolled full-time. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of Carl and Margaret Anthon.

The Roger Brown Dissertation Fellowship, in the amount of $7,000, is to assist advanced doctoral students in completing their dissertation research. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. This scholarship is made possible through the continuing generosity of Roger Brown.

The Patrick Clendenen Dissertation Scholarship in Women's and Gender History, in the amount of $15,000 and 2 tuition credits, is awarded every spring to one graduate student for support during the upcoming final dissertation writing year. This scholarship was established generously by Mary E. Graydon, in honor of Patrick A. Clendenen.

AU History Graduate Students are invited to apply for the Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr. Graduate Research Scholarship. This Scholarship provides up to $7,000 to support research using the collections at the U.S. National Archives. Candidates should submit an application consisting of a 3-page, single-spaced research proposal explaining the research question, describing briefly where the project fits into existing scholarship, and demonstrating the relevance of specific collections at NARA. A one-page letter of support from the student's faculty advisor is required. Both should be sent as attachments to history@american.edu with the subject line "Gondos Summer Scholarship application." The winner must submit a one-page summary of research findings at the end of the summer and make a presentation at the CAS Research Conference. Deadline: March 15. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of AU History Professor Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.

Established in 2013, the Robert Griffith Outstanding Teaching Assistant Prize recognizes excellence in graduate student teaching and contributions to the academic mission of the Department of History. Faculty may nominate their graduate teaching assistants. The Department's Graduate Committee selects the recipient. This scholarship consists of $500. This prize is named in memory of AU History Professor and former Department Chair Robert Griffith.

The Robert Griffith Education Fund provides assistance to a selected Public History graduate student to defer the costs of travel to the National Council on Public History Annual Conference. This fund is made possible by the generosity of the Robert Griffith History Education Fund, named in honor of History Professor and former Department Chair Robert Griffith.

CAS Research/Conference Presentation Support and History Top-Off Research Support are awarded annually to graduate students to support research travel and conference research presentations. The Department of History reviews the application after the CAS Dean's Office and may award additional funding. Students seeking CAS Research Support should create a budget of trip expenses and detail proposed research. Students seeking CAS Conference Support should provide a budget of trip expenses and conference presentation proof. Please contact history@american.edu for information on submission procedures.