Graduate Scholarships

Attention Graduate Students: You are invited to apply for the research and teaching awards listed below. For information on deadlines, please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions and Awards, Professor Lou Williams, at lwill@k-state.edu or 785 532-2978. In putting together your application packet, please follow the specific instructions pertaining to the award/s that interest you.

The James C. Carey Research and Travel Award

The award money (up to $500) is to be used only in connection with work on the thesis or dissertation, toward expenses such as the purchase of research materials, travel to research collections, and travel to professional meetings to present scholarly papers. To apply, students should submit a letter of application that details and justifies the research plans and needs, and includes an estimate of costs. In addition, a letter of support is required from the major professor and one other faculty member.

The Florence M. Hamscher Graduate Research Fund

This award is for graduate students who have passed their Ph.D. preliminary examinations and plan to travel to research collections outside the state of Kansas for dissertation-related research. Applicants for the award must apply within one calendar year from the day of notification that all Ph.D. examinations were successfully completed. The money awarded (up to $500) is to be spent on travel to repositories outside the state of Kansas. "Repository" is broadly defined and may include the collection of oral histories, private papers, or other such sources in addition to documentary collections in formal libraries and archives. The award must be spent within one calendar year of the announcement of the winner, and a report not exceeding three double-spaced pages explaining the research that the recipient accomplished is also required. To apply, a student must submit a dissertation prospectus, a description (up to three double-spaced pages) of the proposed travel and its significance to the dissertation research, and a letter from the applicant's major professor attesting to the importance of the proposed travel for the applicant's research.

The Kenneth W. Jones Graduate Student Travel Fund

This award is for graduate students who have passed their Ph.D. preliminary examinations. This fund supports two types of travel: either travel to repositories outside the state of Kansas to do scholarly research leading to the writing of a Ph.D. dissertation; or travel to participate in a conference or conferences outside the state of Kansas that will benefit the applicant professionally. "Repository" is broadly defined and may include the collection of oral histories, and the consultation of private papers, as well as the examination of documentary collections in formal libraries and archives. The award provides up to $500, and applicants must apply within one calendar year from the date of notification that all Ph.D. preliminary exams were successfully completed. Preference will be given to applicants specializing in Asian history and in the history of regions other than the US and Europe. Support for research will be given a higher priority than support for participation in conferences. The funds from the award must be spent within one calendar year from the date of the award's announcement. Applicants must submit a dissertation prospectus or conference participation proposal, a written description (not to exceed three pages typed and double spaced) of the proposed travel and its significance for the student's professional development, and a letter from the applicant's major professor attesting to the importance of the proposed travel for the applicant's professional development.

The Colonel Peter Cullen Military History Fellowship

This fellowship is for graduate students who focus on military history and who have passed their Ph.D. preliminary exams. Two fellowships up to $3,000 are available and are to be used to support travel to repositories for dissertation research. At the commencement and completion of the fellowship period, recipients are required to write letters to the donor, explaining the topic of research and progress on the dissertation project. Applicants must submit a c.v., a dissertation prospectus, a description of the proposed travel and its relevance to the research topic, and a letter of support from the applicant's major professor.

The A. Bower Sageser Award

The Sageser Award recognizes outstanding teaching, or the potential for such, among graduate students in the K-State Department of History and carries a cash prize of up to $1500. Students who have assisted a faculty member in teaching a course should submit a letter of application and a letter of support from those faculty members they have assisted in the current academic year. Students who have taught their own sections should submit a letter of application, a one-page statement about their teaching, a copy of their course syllabi, and copies of student evaluations that include the questions: "How do you rank this course?" and "How do you rank the teaching in this course?" (Comparable questions from the TEVAL or IDEA forms may be substituted.) Letters of support from faculty members for whom you have worked may also be included.

Leroy E and Mary Sullivan Page Fund for Graduate Students in History

This award was established by the children of Leroy and Mary Page in memory of their parents. Professor Page was the department historian of science for a quarter century; Mary Page was a distinguished nursing educator. The award funds doctoral student travel for research outside the state of Kansas.

Robin Higham Military History Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund

Established to honor the achievements of Professor Robin Higham, the department's senior military historian for over thirty-five years. The award funds the travel of doctoral students in military history for research or for attendance at professional conferences.

Ina Belle (Wilson) Mueller Scholarship for Graduate Research in History

Established by Colonel Harrie Mueller in memory of his wife, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate student whose thesis or dissertation relates to the history of Kansas.

The Anne S. Higham Memorial Outstanding Military History Graduate Student Award

This fund was established in memory of Anne Higham, mother of Professor Robin Higham. It provides an award to the student designated annually as the department’s outstanding graduate student in military history.

Please submit applications to Lou Williams, Director of Graduate Awards and Admissions via lwill@k-state.edu.