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Scholarships, Fellowships, Assistantships, and Internships

The History Department offers a variety of scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and internships to entering and continuing graduate students. These must be applied for separately from your application for admission, and the deadline for application is February 14, to take effect in Fall 2014. The number and terms of the fellowships vary. Those listed here are the ones most recently offered. For questions or further information, please contact Dr. Tracy K'Meyer, Chair, Department of History, tracyk@louisville.edu.

 

I. Application Procedures for Most of the Awards

  •  Entering students: Submit material required for their graduate studies application via the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) website. In the online form, they also submit an additional third letter of recommendation which speaks to their potential for success in advanced studies and research in history. They also submit in the online form a letter of application (in the section "Other") which indicates for which funding source(s) they wish to be considered. Letters of Recommendation may also be mailed to Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, Chair, Department of History, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.
  •  Continuing students: Submit a letter of application and at least one letter of recommendation from a member of the University of Louisville History faculty which indicates that they are making reasonable progress toward the degree. Email this material to histgrad@louisville.edu or mail directly to Dr. Tracy K'Meyer, Chair, Department of History, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

 

II. Scholarships, Fellowships, Assistantships, and Internships

  •  Three (3) Graduate Teaching Assistantships for graduate students in the Master of Arts program of the Department of History. Applicants need a GPA of 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.  Work load is twenty (20) hours per week.  The graduate assistants will be assigned to assist a professor teaching one of the History of Civilizations courses (one each semester). The assistants will teach discussion sections in the fall and spring semesters, grade written work submitted by students, assist in preparing and proctoring quizzes and tests, and be available to students in office hours. Recipients will receive nine (9) hours of in-state tuition remission a semester, health insurance, and a stipend of $12,000 paid in ten equal installments beginning in August of the year of appointment.
  • Two (2) Graduate On-line Teaching Assistantships for graduate students in the Master of Arts program of the Department of History. Applicants need a GPA of 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.  Work load is twenty (20) hours per week. The graduate assistant’s primary responsibility will be to assist a visiting assistant professor in his/her on-line History 101 or 102 courses. As time allows the assistant will help the department staff and faculty with small administrative and research tasks. The recipient will receive a stipend of $10,500 paid in ten equal installments beginning in August of the year of the appointment.
  • One (1) Department Assistant in the Department of History for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Eligibility:  Entering or continuing students in the Master of Arts Program of the History Department.  Applicants need a GPA of 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.  Work load is approximately 16 hours per week, paid at $9.00 per hour.  Duties revolve around assisting the departmental office staff and professors with minor administrative and research functions.  Assistant must be available to begin work the week before classes begin.
  • One (1) Public History Program Assistant in the Department of History for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Eligibility:  Entering or continuing students in the Master of Arts Program of the History Department.  Applicants need a GPA of 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.  Work load is approximately 16 hours per week, paid at $9.00 per hour.  Duties revolve around assisting the director and faculty in the public history program with program outreach, coordination, and project planning.  Periodically during the year this student will also assist the editor of Ohio Valley History with minor editorial tasks.  Assistant must be available to begin the week before classes begin.
  • One (1) Filson Intern for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Eligibility:  Graduate students in the Master of Arts program of the History Department.  Applicants need a GPA of 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.  Duties include general archival-related work at the Filson Historical Society.  Work load is ten hours per week for 40 weeks.  Subject to budgetary approval, recipient will receive a total stipend of $6000 plus nine (9) hours of in state tuition.  Students may receive course credit by enrolling in History 608 - Practicum in Public History during one semester.
  • Students who are pursuing public history as their major or minor field in the MA program in the Department of History are invited to apply for a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded for the semester in which they enroll in HIST 608.  Scholarships will be awarded to two students per year. Preference will be given to students majoring in Public History.
  • Jurdem Graduate Scholarship in U.S. History: One or more scholarships will be awarded to outstanding graduate students who intend or have already begun to work toward an M.A. with a concentration in U.S. History.  Students who apply for a Graduate Assistantship or the Filson Internship in the Department of History may apply for the Jurdem Scholarship, but the Scholarship cannot be held concurrently with a Graduate Assistantship or Internship.  Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.
  • Ryant Memorial Awards for Graduate Students: Available for History graduate students with a preference for those using oral history in their research.  Selection will be based on the applicant's academic qualifications (e.g. GPA, GRE scores, distribution of courses, and GPA in courses most directly relevant to the preparation for graduate study in history).
  • Thomas Hamilton Graduate Scholarship in U.S. History: This scholarship will be awarded to one or more outstanding graduate students who intend or have already begun to work toward an M.A. with a concentration in U.S. History.   Students who apply for a Graduate Assistantship or the Filson Internship in the Department of History may apply for the Hamilton Scholarship, but the Scholarship cannot be held concurrently with a Graduate Assistantship or Internship.  Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.00 overall for undergraduate and graduate work completed.

 

III. Internships in Public History

 There are a number of historical agencies and organizations in the Louisville area who regularly offer internships for Graduate students in history.  Some of them have money available, and some do not.  The availability and financing for each of these organizations changes from year to year, but if you are interested in any of them, you should ask!  These are real opportunities to gain practical experience in public history.  (Note that the Conrad/Caldwell House and the Filson Historical Society internships are regularly offered and financed on a competitive basis, see a separate advertisement for more information about those programs)

Students receive credit for the internship through HIST 608: Public History Practicum. Some internships also pay a small stipend.  Interested students should contact Dr. Tracy K’Meyer at tracyk@louisville.edu.


Museums

  • Carnegie Center (formerly the Floyd County Museum)
  • Frazier International History Museum
  • General George S. Patton Museum and Center for Leadership
  • Howard Steamboat Museum
  • Kentucky African American Heritage Center
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Portland Museum

 

Historical Societies and Archives

  • Filson Historical Society
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Library
  • University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections

 

Historic Preservation Organizations

  • Louisville Preservation Fund, Inc.
  • Metro Louisville Planning and Design
  • Preservation Kentucky, Ind.
  • Preservation Louisville, Inc.

 

Historic House Museums and Historic Sites

  • Conrad/Caldwell House
  • Farmington Historic Plantation
  • Historic Locust Grove
  • Thomas Edison House
  • Whitehall

 

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