Undergraduate Emeriti Grant Program

The History Undergraduate Emeriti Grant Program is offered through the Department of History at Western Michigan University. It 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 30 hours of course work overall with a minimum of nine hours in history completed at Western Michigan University may apply for a History Undergraduate Emeriti 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, 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 undergraduate 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 sessions and fall semesters.

Reporting Grant Outcomes

Undergraduate History Emeriti Grant recipients will submit a two to three 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. Grant recipients will also talk with other students about their project at various department of history events.


Contact the Department of History undergraduate advising office.