Resources Beyond WMU

Research collections

WMU graduate students can take advantage of the university's membership with several research institutes to access materials outside of WMU.

The Center for Research Libraries hosts hard copy and electronic collections and serves as a repository for specialty items that only a very few libraries could afford individually. Many of their items, such as historic newspapers, can be accessed via long-term loan from the CRL.

The Newberry Library, located in Chicago, holds more than 1.5 million books and thousands of rare manuscripts, maps, and more. They have specialty collections in medieval, renaissance, and early modern European history, Native American history, American cultural history, maps, and much more. As a research consortium member of the Newberry, WMU has the ability to send students to participate in its courses and use its collections. Recent courses at the Newberry taken by WMU students include "Gender, Bodies, and the Body Politic in Medieval Europe," "Poetry, Politics, and Community in High Medieval France," and "Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages."

Major Research tools

HathiTrust research collections

WorldCat, the catalog of catalogs

Cambridge Histories Online

Oxford Bibliographies and Oxford Reference

Project Muse

Grant Clearinghouse sites and reference tools

UCLA grant database GRAPES, covering 600 different grant making organizations

University of Illinois Fellowship Finder

The Fulbright program. There are two Fulbright programs available. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is for all graduating seniors and graduate students in all fields and is administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program is for doctoral candidates in foreign language or area studies to conduct dissertation research, administered by the U.S. Department of Education (USEd). You must be nominated by WMU to compete for a Fulbright.

The AHA awards research grants for doctoral students to work in archives in the US as well as abroad. Learn more about them here. Several faculty members have won these grants--be sure to ask for assistance before submitting your grant proposal.

You will find additional grants and scholarships, as well as suggestions about strengthening your application for grant support, in the following:

  • Directory of Financial Aids for Women, Reference Service Press
  • Financial Aid for African Americans, Reference Service Press
  • Financial Aid for Asian Americans, Reference Service Press
  • Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans, Reference Service Press
  • Financial Aid for Native Americans, Reference Service Press
  • Financial Aid for Students of Armenian Descent, Armenian Assembly of America
  • Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families, Reference Service Press
  • Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Dependents, Reference Service Press
  • Foundation Fundamentals: A Guide for Grant Seekers, The Foundation Center
  • Funding for United States Study, International Institute of Education
  • Graduate School Companion, Random House Inc.
  • List of Graduate Scholarships that Do Not Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency, Educators for Fair Consideration
  • Money for Graduate Students in the Arts & Humanities, Reference Service Press
  • Money for Graduate Students in Social Sciences, Reference Service Press

The AHA, job seeking, and Career development tools

The AHA hosts an online Career Center for jobseekers. It also has career resources for historians, and it has an excellent collection of career diversity tools and more for individuals seeking work beyond academic posts.

Duke University has an exceptional suite of tools that may be used by anyone who is contemplating how to write a cover letter, forge a career outside of academia, network effectively, and prepare for the world after the M.A. or PhD.

News to share

Have you found something great to share? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies using the "Share Your News" webform if you find a superior resource that you think other graduate students would benefit from seeing.