History Department Graduate Scholarships and Awards

Research and Conference Funding Awards

Requirements: Awarded to history graduate students carrying out research or delivering a conference presentation. Graduate students are restricted to one funded conference per academic year (the new academic year begins every Fall semester and concludes at the end of the following Summer term). Additionally, graduate students are restricted to one funded research project abroad during their MA program; one funded research project abroad during their doctoral program preceding the prospectus; and one funded research project abroad during their doctoral program following the prospectus.

Indeterminate number awarded for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, depending on the number and quality of applications
Amount awarded depends on funding
Application required (Detailed instructions emailed to graduate students in advance of deadlines)

Best Prospectus Award

Requirements: Awarded to a history graduate student who has presented a well-argued and well-organized prospectus presentation.

One awarded each Fall and/or Spring, depending on the number and quality of presentations.
Award amount is $500
No application required (Recipients are selected by the Graduate Awards Committee)

Major L. Wilson Graduate Paper Prize

Requirements: Awarded to the best paper written in a department graduate course.

One awarded each Spring.
This honor includes a monetary award, amount depends on funding (currently $100)
No application required (Recipients are nominated by faculty and selected by the Graduate Studies Committee)

One Semester Dissertation Writing Fellowship

Requirements: Applicants must have presented their prospectus by the end of the Spring semester. The fellowship relieves recipient of any teaching or grading responsibilities for one semester, with the expectation that they will devote themselves full time to the dissertation and complete at least one polished chapter by the end of that semester.

Up to three awarded each Spring, for the following academic year
The fellowship pays the same assistantship salary plus tuition and fees as if teaching
Application required (Detailed instructions emailed to graduate students in advance of deadlines)

Dr. Dalvan M. Coger and Dr. Greta M. Coger Fellowship in History

Requirements: Must be a deserving and qualified history graduate student at The University of Memphis; preference given to high-ability student with demonstrated financial need studying African history; previous awardees may re-apply; award may be used for travel and/or research.

One awarded each Spring
Amount awarded depends on funding
Application required (Detailed instructions emailed to graduate students in advance of deadlines)

Dr. Peggy Jemison Bodine Dissertation Award

Requirements: Must be a full-time doctoral student; completed all coursework; passed comprehensive examinations; and dissertation topic approved.

One awarded each Spring
Amount awarded depends on funding
Application required (Detailed instructions emailed to graduate students in advance of deadlines)

Dr. William and Helen Lucile Gillaspie Scholarship

Requirements: Must be a deserved and qualified history graduate student at The University of Memphis; preference given to students with a concentration in Latin American studies.

One awarded each Spring
Amount awarded depends on funding
Application required (Detailed instructions emailed to graduate students in advance of deadlines)

Ruth and Harry Woodbury Graduate Fellowship in Southern History

Requirements: Must be a full-time doctoral student; majoring in Southern History with interests in research, writing, and teaching; and have a 3.5 GPA.

One awarded each Spring
Amount awarded depends on funding
Application required

Paul R. Coppock Scholarship

Requirements: Awarded to history major or history graduate student with a demonstrated dedication to and talent in the field of history. This scholarship alternates with the journalism department, and is awarded every other year as funds are available.

1 awarded every other year, depending on availability of funds (will next be awarded in history during the 2017-2018 academic year, pending sufficient funding)
Amount awarded depends on funding
Application required