Skip to main content
University of Wisconsin-Madison homepage

Department of History

Program Information

Expand organization information Collapse organization information
Welcome to the undergraduate scholarship page for the Department of History. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to recognize the achievements of our students and assist them as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

The History Department offers three types of awards:
  • Writing Prizes
  • Scholarships
  • Research Fellowships
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year and award decisions are made by the end of April each year. Please see the application for specific deadline information. Students may submit applications for the Writing Prizes up to one year after graduation.

Students must be declared History Majors to apply for the Scholarships and Fellowships. See specific awards for additional criteria and information.

To apply for any of our prizes, scholarships, or fellowships access CSA and to find out which specific awards you are eligible to apply for. Additional details about our scholarships and prizes as well as a list of past winners can be found on our website:http://history.wisc.edu/undergraduate_fellowshipsawards.htm   

If you have any questions about the awards available from the Department of History or if you have questions about the application process, please contact Isaac Lee at ijlee@wisc.edu.


Program Website  


Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
The Andrew Bergman Prize is awarded for the best undergraduate paper written for a history course, based on quality of writing and research, with special attention to clarity and accessibility of writing. This does not need to be a term...
The Andrew Bergman Prize is awarded for the best undergraduate paper written for a history course, based on quality of writing and research, with special attention to clarity and accessibility of writing. This does not need to be a term paper.
Applicants must be history majors. Essay must be written for a history course and be at least 10-15 pages in length.
The Baensch Prize is awarded for the best essay on Wisconsin history. Projects considered need not deal with Wisconsin exclusively, but the subject must clearly center on the history of the territory and/or state.
The Baensch Prize is awarded for the best essay on Wisconsin history. Projects considered need not deal with Wisconsin exclusively, but the subject must clearly center on the history of the territory and/or state.
Applicants must be history majors. Essay must focus on Wisconsin History, be at least 10-15 pages in length, and be written for a history course.
The Curti Prize is awarded for the best historical essay of term-paper size and scope, written by an undergraduate non-major.
The Curti Prize is awarded for the best historical essay of term-paper size and scope, written by an undergraduate non-major.
Applicants must not be history majors. Essays must be at least 10-15 pages in length and written for a history course.
Thanks to generous funding provided by Susan E. Davis and Miles J. Gerstein, the Department offers undergraduate awards to students who propose to undertake an in-depth research project under the close supervision of a History Department faculty member.
Thanks to generous funding provided by Susan E. Davis and Miles J. Gerstein, the Department offers undergraduate awards to students who propose to undertake an in-depth research project under the close supervision of a History Department faculty member.
Students must be History majors with junior or senior standing. Students must write a research proposal and provide a letter of recommendation from the supervising faculty member. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the research proposal. Proposals should specify how the faculty mentor and student will coordinate research and advising time.
The Fred Harvey Harrington Prize is awarded to for the best undergraduate thesis written by a history major.
The Fred Harvey Harrington Prize is awarded to for the best undergraduate thesis written by a history major.
Students must be history majors. Applicants must have written a senior thesis under the direction of a history faculty member.
The Department awards one Margaret E. Smith-Esther Butt History Scholarship annually. The award is designed for outstanding History majors
The Department awards one Margaret E. Smith-Esther Butt History Scholarship annually. The award is designed for outstanding History majors
Applicants must be History majors, have taken a minimum of 12 credits in History, and have a minimum 3.50 History GPA.
The Orson S. Morse History Scholarship is given annually to an outstanding History major. Mr. Morse received his degree in History from the College of Letters & Science in 1932 and established this bequest to support undergraduate history education.
The Orson S. Morse History Scholarship is given annually to an outstanding History major. Mr. Morse received his degree in History from the College of Letters & Science in 1932 and established this bequest to support undergraduate history education.
Students must be history majors.
The Paul J. Schrag Prize is awarded to the student with the best essay in German-Jewish History
The Paul J. Schrag Prize is awarded to the student with the best essay in German-Jewish History
Applicants must be history majors. Essay must focus on German-Jewish History, be at least 10-15 pages in length, and be written for a history course.
Beginning in 2016, the Department will award one Steven A. and Barbara S. Jaffe Scholarship annually. The award is designed for outstanding History majors who are not Wisconsin residents (for tuition purposes).
Beginning in 2016, the Department will award one Steven A. and Barbara S. Jaffe Scholarship annually. The award is designed for outstanding History majors who are not Wisconsin residents (for tuition purposes).
Eligible recipients must be a declared History major who does not hold Wisconsin residency (for tuition purposes).
We are grateful to our alumna, Alice Mortenson, for her generous support. The Mortenson scholarships will be awarded to up to three students interested in Russian history, and at least one of the scholarships will be reserved for a student...
We are grateful to our alumna, Alice Mortenson, for her generous support. The Mortenson scholarships will be awarded to up to three students interested in Russian history, and at least one of the scholarships will be reserved for a student majoring in a discipline other than history.
All undergraduate students at the UW-Madison are eligible for this award, so long as they satisfy the historical research component of its requirements. Applications for the historical research awards competition should include a statement of no more than 1,750 words describing the applicant's research goals, means for achieving them, and previous academic preparation. Applicants should also offer two letters of support from university faculty or instructors.
The Willard L. Huson Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Willard L. Huson Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Students must be history majors with freshman, sophomore, or junior status.
William F. Allen Prize is awarded for the best historical essays of term-paper size and scope
William F. Allen Prize is awarded for the best historical essays of term-paper size and scope
Open to all undergraduate students. Essays must be at least 10-15 pages in length and written for a history course.
This scholarship provides $5,000 grant towards tuition costs.
This scholarship provides $5,000 grant towards tuition costs.
Students must be a declared history major and have senior standing before the beginning of the scholarship year, with a 3.3 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall. Students must submit a FAFSA to the Financial Aid Office. A completed concentration in US history is preferred, though History Majors with other concentrations who have completed course work that offers comparative & transnational perspectives on U.S. History will also be considered.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.