Undergraduate Fellows Emeriti Grant Program


The History Undergraduate Fellows Emeriti Grant Program funds undergraduate history majors and minors who engage in scholarly activities outside the classroom and/or who pursue opportunities that advance their professional goals as historians.


Undergraduate history majors and minors who have completed at least thirty hours of course work overall with a minimum of nine hours in history (completed at Western Michigan University) may apply for a History Undergraduate Fellows grant. Grant applicants must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher


Grants ranging from $50-$500 will be awarded for the following purposes:

  • Visit a library or archives for student research purposes
  • Attend a scholarly meeting as participant or presenter
  • Participate in an internship or volunteer experience in a public history institution or K-12 school
  • Serve as an undergraduate assistant in a WMU history class
  • Visit a museum, historical site etc. to interview history professionals
  • Other activities that support the student’s scholarly or professional interest in history

In general, grants will not be awarded for:

  • Purchase of computer hardware, software or other technologies
  • Assistance in faculty research projects


  • Submit an application form pdf, a résumé, a transcript, and a brief statement
    describing the project and how it will enhance your overall academic or professional goals.
  • Include a statement of support from a faculty mentor you have selected.
  • Applications are due in the Department of History Advising Office (4451 Friedmann) on November 15 for projects taking place in the Spring Semester, and on April 1 for projects taking place in Summer I and II and Fall Semesters.

Reporting Grant Outcomes

Undergraduate History Fellows will submit a 2-3 page essay describing and evaluating their project. This essay must be submitted at the end of the semester in which the funded project was completed. History Fellows will also talk with other students about their project at the annual Department of History Spring Open House.

More Information

Contact the Department of History Advising Office.



Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
(269) 387-4650 | (269) 387-4651 Fax