Fellowships & Scholarships

Davidson College and several external organizations offer funding that supports students conducting undergraduate research. Additionally, there are multiple avenues you can pursue in getting your work published.

Davidson College Funded Programs

If you are interested in either of the research opportunities listed below, talk with a member of the History Department to learn more information and allow enough time to prepare/apply.

George Lawrence Abernethy Endowment

The endowment funds programs and projects related to philosophy, ethics, politics, economics, public health, world affairs, and comparative religion. Awards for travel and research are available up to $3,200. Applications are generally due in early November. Additional awards may be available in the spring.

Davidson Research Initiative (DRI)

The DRI summer program fosters collaborative student-faculty research in all of the liberal arts disciplines. Maximum stipend is $3,500. Interested students should identify a member of the Davidson faculty who will be available to serve as a mentor, and submit a research proposal and other application materials to the program director by late January.

Your research proposal should include the following sections:

  • Research plan with a detailed description of the proposed project and timetable for completion
  • Justification for the research discussing the unique and original nature
  • Definition of the mentoring relationship
  • Budget itemized to include all items and estimated costs (where applicable)
  • Dissemination plan listing possible avenues where the results will be shared, i.e., poster presentations and/or publication plans

External Scholarships and Fellowships

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowships in New York City

The institute offers multiple fellowships, as well as the History Scholar Awards. Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for more information.

SHEAR/Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Seminar in American History

This unique research opportunity is held for three weeks during the summer before students enter their senior year. The focus is American history, 1776-1861. Students conduct original research using the outstanding archives in Philadelphia, including the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Only 10 students are accepted each year. Visit the SHEAR/Mellon Foundation online for more information or contact Professor Sally McMillen.