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Undergraduate Awards

AU undergraduates are invited to submit a research paper for consideration for the The Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr. Undergraduate Research Prize. The Prize, which carries a cash award of $200, recognizes excellence in historical research that makes substantial use of the collections National Archives. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This prize was made possible through the generosity of AU History Professor Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.  

The Janet Oppenheim Prize is awarded annually to the student submitting the best major seminar senior thesis.  The prize includes a cash award of $2,000.  In some years, the department may offer more than one prize. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This prize was established in memory of AU History Professor Janet Oppenheim.

The Janet Oppenheim Research Awards support undergraduate research by students preparing their major seminar senior theses. Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This research award was established in memory of AU History Professor Janet Oppenheim.

The James W. Mooney Research Awards support undergraduate research by students preparing their major seminar senior theses.  Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This research award was established in memory of AU History Professor James Mooney.

The Dorothy Gondos Beers Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a deserving student in the Department of History who may use the funds to meet the costs associated with attendance at the University.  Deadline for submission will be announced each year. This prize was made possible through the generosity of AU History Professor Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.

The Valerie French Undergraduate Seminar Prize, in the amount of $500, is awarded to the student who presents the best research seminar paper at History Day. Every spring, the recipient will be chosen following History day. This prize is funded through the Valerie French History Education Fund endowed by former chair of the History Department, Valerie French. 

Conference Support is available through the History Department for undergraduate students. Those undergraduates receiving funding from American University for travel to present a paper at a conference may also apply to the Department for additional funds. Submit your paper proposal, notice of its acceptance, notice of your AU award, and a projected budget to history@american.edu with the subject line "UG application for conference travel." Deadline: Rolling.

Graduate Awards

The Richard and Carol Breitman Endowed Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, is designed to provide financial support to a graduate student enrolled full-time in the Department of History, who is pursuing his or her doctorate. Preference is to be given to students who have focused on European History. The fellowship may be renewed so long as the student remains in good standing and is enrolled fulltime. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. This prize was made possible through the generosity of Margaret Anthon.

The Roger Brown Dissertation Fellowship, in the amount of $10,000, is to assist advanced doctoral students in completing their dissertations. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor. This prize is made possible through the continuing generosity of Roger Brown.

The Patrick Clendenen Dissertation Fellowship in Women's and Gender History, in the amount of $10,000 and 2 tuition credits, is awarded every spring to one graduate student for support during the upcoming final dissertation writing year. This fellowship was established generously by Mary E. Graydon, in honor of Patrick A. Clendenen.

AU History Graduate Students are invited to apply for the Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr. Graduate Research Fellowship. This Fellowship provides $3,500 to support research using the collections at the U.S. National Archives. Candidates should submit an application consisting of a 3-page, single-spaced research proposal explaining the research question, describing briefly where the project fits into existing scholarship, and demonstrating the relevance of specific collections at NARA. A one-page letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor is required. Both should be sent as attachments to history@american.edu with the subject line “Gondos Summer Fellowship application.” The winner must submit a one-page summary of research findings at the end of the summer and make a presentation at the CAS Research Conference. Deadline: March 15. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of AU History Professor Dorothy and Victor Gondos, Jr.

Established in 2013, the Robert Griffith Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes excellence in graduate student teaching and contributions to the academic mission of the Department of History. Faculty may nominate their graduate teaching assistants. The Department's Graduate Committee selects the recipient. The award carries a prize of $1,000. The award is named in memory of AU History Professor and former Department Chair Robert Griffith.

The Robert Griffith Travel Award provides funding to a selected Public History graduate student to defer the costs of travel to the National Council on Public History Annual Conference. The award is funded through the generosity of the Robert Griffith History Education Fund, named in honor of History Professor and former Department Chair Robert Griffith.

CAS Research/Conference Presentation Awards and History Top-Off Awards are awarded annually to graduate students to support research travel and conference research presentations. The Department of History reviews the application after the CAS Dean's Office and may award additional funding. Students seeking CAS Research Awards should create a budget of trip expenses and detail proposed research. Students seeking CAS Conference Awards should provide a budget of trip expenses and conference presentation proof. Please contact history@american.edu for information on submission procedures.