For a number of years, the Department of History has offered several undergraduate awards carrying cash stipends to outstanding students, both history and non-history majors. To be eligible students must be currently enrolled and nominated by a member of the history faculty. The deadline for nominations each year is March 1st.
Horace C. Peterson Memorial Award: Presented to the outstanding undergraduate student majoring in history, preferably to a person who intends to continue the study of history in graduate school. Peterson came to OU in 1936 and remained on the faculty until his death in 1952. His scholarship focused on America's homefront during World War I.
Donnell M. Owings Award: Awarded to undergraduate students in American history. Professor Owings taught at OU from 1946 to 1966 and was recognized as a distinguished scholar in American genealogy and Colonial History.
Alfred B. Sears Award for the Outstanding Student in British History: Awarded for the first time in 1979. Any student, major or nonmajor, undergraduate or graduate, who has taken a minimum of nine semester hours in courses designated as English history, is eligible for this award.
William H. Maehl, Jr. Award: presented annually to the undergraduate student who writes the outstanding senior thesis. Maehl came to OU in 1957 and taught British history until his retirement in 1987. His speciality was nineteenth-century British labor history.
Sidney DeVere Brown Award for East Asian History: This award is possible thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Sidney DeVere Brown, OU Emeritus Professor of Japanese History. One award of $2500 will be made to a history major who demonstrates a sincere commitment to the study of East Asian history. Applicants who wish to use the funds for the purpose of participating in an OU exchange program or an approved non-OU exchange program to East Asia will be given priority, but all history majors are eligible to apply. The areas that will be considered for the purposes of the award are China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. History majors must be enrolled at OU at the time of application. Seniors may apply to use the award during the year following their graduation. Applicants should contact Dr. Garret Olberding for more details.
The Department of History offers graduate assistantships worth over $10,000 a year and
includes a health care benefit.
Two Hudson Fellowships are awarded each year
that carry additional financial support. These two grants go to Ph.D. students of exceptional
promise. In addition, support from the Anne Hodges Morgan and H. Wayne Morgan Fellowship Fund is awarded on a competitive basis to help doctoral students pursue research that requires extensive
time away from the University. Thanks to the Bea Mantooth Estep Travel Fellowship
Fund, the department also has travel money available for graduate students to attend professional
meetings and present papers. In addition there are a number of awards and special grants
offered to augment the graduate assistantship and to recognize success in the program.
To be considered for financial assistance, you must have a complete application submitted by March 1.
A.K. Christian Award:
Presented annually to an outstanding graduate student in History. Christian taught at OU for 33 years and specialized in constitutional history, both American and English..
Alfred B. Sears Award for the Outstanding Student in British History: Awarded for the first time in 1979. Any student, major or nonmajor, undergraduate or graduate, who has taken a minimum of nine semester hours in courses designated as English history, is eligible for this award. .
Donnel M. Owings Award:
Presented annually to an outstanding student in American History. Owings taught at OU from 1946 until his death in 1966. He specialized in American colonial history and was a researcher at Colonial Williamsburg before coming to OU.
Bea Mantooth Estep Scholarship in Oklahoma or Latin American History:
Presented annually to an outstanding graduate student engaged in research and writing on Oklahoma or Latin American History.
Anne Hodges Morgan and H. Wayne Morgan Dissertation Fellowship:
This annually awarded fellowship provides substantial monetary support for one graduate student to travel to archives for extended dissertation research.
Bea Mantooth Estep Graduate Travel Fellowships:
These fellowships help underwrite the costs for graduate students seeking to travel to professional conferences in order to present their research.
Edward E. Dale-A.M. Gibson Award in Western History:
presented annually to an outstanding doctoral student in Western History. Dale chaired the department from 1924 to 1942 and wrote more than 20 books and numerous articles about the American West. Arrell M. Gibson came to OU in 1957 and authored numerous books and articles on the American West and Native American History. At the time of his death, he was a George Lynn Cross Research Professor.
Hudson Family Fellowships:
The Department awards two Hudson Fellowships each year to two outstanding entering doctoral students. These fellowships last four years and provide considerable additional funding beyond the regular Graduate Assistant stipend. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and normally go to doctoral students specializing in Western, Native American, or Environmental History.
Doctoral Fellowships for American West, Environmental, and Native American History:
The University of Oklahoma will provide two prestigious alumni fellowships for doctoral students working in the fields of the American West, Environmental, and/or Native American history. Alumni fellows will receive a regular graduate assistantship ($9,700 per year), fee waivers, plus $5,000 for four years. These fellowships will provide an exceptional opportunity for well-qualified students to pursue their doctoral studies with nationally recognized specialists in the West, Environmental, and American Indian history: Gary Anderson, Albert L. Hurtado, Clara Sue Kidwell, Warren Metcalf, Joshua Piker, Donald Pisani, Linda Reese, Lindsay Robertson, and William Savage. In addition, there are distinguished faculty in this and other departments, such as anthropology, law, geography, art, and art history who work with graduate students in history. The Western History Collections have outstanding archival holdings to support doctoral study. The Oklahoma Historical Society is nearby and other significant libraries and archives are within easy reach. Travel funds are available for conference presentations, and scholarships for travel for dissertation research are available on a competitive basis.
The Department will fly top applicants to Oklahoma to tour the campus and meet the faculty. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible in order to be eligible for a funded campus visit and the fellowship. For more information contact Professor Terry Rugeley, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-0535, email@example.com or call (405) 325-6002.