The History department, along with the College of Letters and Science, offers scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate level students.

Undergraduate Scholarships/Awards

Victor Greene Award

This award, named in honor of Professor Emeritus Victor Greene, is presented to students whose papers in the History capstone course (History 600) or the Senior Thesis option (History 681 and 682), are judged to be of the highest quality. Papers are nominated by the instructors in these courses.

A.T. Brown Undergraduate Research Grants

Available to advanced undergraduates for historical research expenses, such as purchase of materials, copying costs, or travel to a library or archive. Students must submit a one-page proposal describing the research project and specifying the costs involved, and a letter of recommendation from an instructor. Please see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for further details. Rolling deadline.

Professor Bud Weare Scholarship

This $2,000 award is named in honor of Professor Bud Weare and is given to a student who meets the following criteria:

  • A student who will be a sophomore, junior or senior at the beginning of the Fall 2019 term with an intended or declared major in History. Preference will be given for declared majors.
  • Demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA.
  • Demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • A student from a historically underrepresented minority group (African American, American Indian, Southeast Asian, and Hispanic Latino or students of mixed race that includes two or more of these categories).

This scholarship will be awarded for the 2019-20 school year. Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 29, 2019. Click here to apply.

Ahmad Family Scholarship

The Ahmad Family Scholarship was established by history alumna Diana Ahmad, currently Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, specializing in the history of the American West, at Missouri University of Science & Technology. Dr. Ahmad is a Milwaukee native and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UWM. Qualified candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Declared History majors
  • Demonstrated academic achievement
  • Full-time student
  • Junior or Senior standing by August 31, 2019
  • Preference will be given to a student who started at UWM as a freshman (not as a transfer student)

This scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is being awarded for the 2019-20 school year. Click here to apply. The deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019. Contact Greg Carter, Chair of the History Department’s Awards Committee, at if you have any questions.

J. David Hoeveler Merit Scholarship

The J. David Hoeveler Merit Scholarship was established to provide scholarships for undergraduates in the Department of History. Qualified candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Declared History majors or students intending to major in History with a minimum of twelve History credits
  • High academic achievement

Scholarships may be renewable for one additional year if the student still meets the criteria. Scholarships will be valued at $5,000 per student.

Click here to apply. The deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019. Contact Greg Carter, Chair of the History Department’s Awards Committee, at if you have any questions.

Graduate Scholarships/Awards

A.T. Brown Award for the Best Graduate Paper

For the best graduate paper by a History student completed in a graduate History course during the previous academic year (September-August). Papers may be submitted by their authors or nominated by instructors. Deadline: Early November of each year. Please contact the Chair of the Department of History for the exact deadline and the name of the chair of the awards committee, to whom papers are to be sent.

A.T. Brown Award for Best Graduate Thesis

All History MA theses completed during the previous academic year (September-August) will be automatically considered for the award. One award, to be announced in December. No application is necessary.

Frederick I. Olson Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student who is a Wisconsin resident, is enrolled in six or more graduate credits, and demonstrates financial need as documented by FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid – see Should two or more students have equal need, the most academically qualified student will be selected. Masters students are eligible for a one-year renewal; doctoral students are eligible for a two-year renewal. One award of $2,500. Deadline: December 1 of each year. For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Frank P. Zeidler Graduate Student Award

Awarded to a student in pursuit of his/her Master’s degree in American history at UWM to support research or travel expenses. Preference will be given for: students exploring the international relationship between the United States and foreign countries; to a foreign student of American History, or a local student of American History, or, barring that, a student in any history field; a student eligible to receive, or currently receiving, a UWM Teaching Assistantship. Candidate must have completed all requirements for an undergraduate degree by May and have substantial preparation in American Studies and/or American history. For full aid for the M.A. degree the recipient must apply for admission to the UWM Graduate School and for a teaching assistantship in the History Department, as well as meet visa and other requirements for international study in the US, be fluent in English and have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 213 CBT, and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. One annual award of $2,000. Deadline December 1 of each year. For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Ellen Healy Award for Graduate Studies

An award of $1,000 to be given annually to a current student in the Master’s or PhD program in History with a preference for a student who has not received any other award (including a TA or RA-ship). Each annual winner will be given a written biographical summary of the late Ellen Healy, an alumna and onetime teaching assistant in the Department. No formal application necessary. For further information contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

David F. Healy Fellowship

Awarded to a graduate of Nottingham University (UK) and nominated by the Department of History or Program in American Studies at Nottingham University. The fellowship is tenable for two years
and consists of a teaching assistantship (including tuition remission, health benefits, and stipend). Applicants must follow usual application process for the MA in UWM Department of History.

David and Diane Buck Dissertation Fellowship

Professor Emeritus David Buck was a long time member of the UWM Department of History specializing in Chinese history. He and his wife Diane have generously funded an award for a History graduate student to assist in the research and writing of a dissertation or thesis.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • PhD or MA History students (PhD students must be Dissertators)
  • Preference will be given to a PhD student; if no PhD student qualifies, MA students writing a thesis will be considered for the award

Uses of Award:

  1. The recipient may use the award to defray any expenses related to research for either a dissertation or master’s thesis. These expenses include travel to archives, entrance fees, copying, and any living expenses incurred while doing research.
  2. Recipients may also use the award to cover living expenses during the writing phase. These expenses may cover research and writing materials and living costs (rent, utilities, etc.).

The Department of History Department Awards committee will determine the amount of the award based on the applicant’s proposed budget. The maximum award is $10,000. The funds will be applied to the recipient’s PAWS account. The grant will first pay off any outstanding balances in the account, with the remaining funds refunded to the student via a check.

Date of Award: The recipient must use the funds during the 2019-20 school year. The deadline to apply is April 26, 2019. Click here to apply. Please note that there are multiple attachments that will need to be submitted with the application; you will want to preview the application well ahead of the deadline so that you have enough time to gather all of the needed materials.

Departmental Research Travel Support

The Department has a limited amount of funds available to support thesis research. Preference is given to students who need to travel to research collections outside Milwaukee. Applicants for travel support must prepare a statement of purpose outlining the research they plan to conduct and its significance for their thesis, along with a budget of anticipated expenses. Applicants should complete the Travel Support Application and submit it to the Director of Graduate Studies. Students must apply eight (8) weeks before travel. Graduate students must not buy any air flight tickets nor pay for any hotel rooms before consulting with the Department of History Graduate Director. For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

For more scholarships available to all College of Letters and Science students, please visit the Letters and Science Scholarships page.