The Joseph Z. and Ruth N. Stasneck History Fellowships

What are the Stasneck History Fellowships?

The Department of History offers two types of undergraduate research fellowships:

  1. The Stasneck Oral History Fellowship provides a grant of $500-$2,000 and is designed to encourage students to utilize interviews, participant-observation and other oral history methods while conducting a formal research project based on their own interest or related to a senior thesis or another formal, substantive writing project in history.
  2. The Stasneck History Fellowship for Archival Research provides a grant of $500-$2,000 to allow students to utilize primary sources from archives while conducting research related to a senior thesis or to another formal, substantive writing project in history.

The fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the late Joseph Z. Stasneck and his wife, Ruth N. Stasneck.

Stasneck Oral History Fellowship

The recipient is required to conduct the project under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, a CMC faculty member. Priority will be given to proposals submitted by CMC history majors although other CMC students may also be awarded. The grants can cover costs related to travel, per diem, equipment, photocopying, and/or transcription.

To apply for a grant, applicants should submit the following materials.

Application Available Here   Please note the other materials required.

  • You may pick up the application form and turn in your completed application materials to Lily Geismer, Kravis 210,
  • A two-page research proposal that addresses the importance and scope of the project. Applicants should explain the nature of the project they are researching, provide details about planned trips to archives or interviews, give the time line for completion of the project, and make a case for the importance of archival sources or the oral history methods they propose to use.
  • A research budget that demonstrates how the grant funds will be spent.
  • A letter of support from the history faculty sponsor who will supervise the work. Your faculty sponsor can provide their approval of your application by email to us.
  • A copy of the applicant’s academic transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).
  • For Oral History grants, suggested arrangements for preserving the interviews and making them available for future use.

For more information, please contact Professor Tamara Venit-Shelton (, Professor Sarah Sarzynski (, or another member of the history faculty.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of projects are eligible?

Student projects tied to a senior thesis or another formal, substantive writing project in history are eligible. To qualify the student must work under the supervision of a member of the history faculty. Dual and double majors writing a senior thesis in another department may qualify so long as they have a member of the history department serving as the second reader and the thesis has a historical component.

The funds may not be used to fulfill the requirements of a course the student is currently taking.

We encourage projects that will be undertaken during summer and winter breaks, although smaller projects are possible during the spring and fall breaks.

Do I have to be a CMC student to apply?


Do I have to be a history major to apply?

No. Non-majors are eligible as long as they have taken history courses, their faculty sponsor is a member of the history department, and their research topic falls within the field of history. However, preference will be given to history majors and potential history majors.

What is required to apply

Application forms are available online. You may also request an application form from Lily Geismer in Kravis Office 210. In addition to the application form, you must write a 2-page research proposal outlining your research project, provide a budget and copy of your transcript (printout from CMC portal is sufficient), and secure a letter of support from a CMC history faculty member.

What are the responsibilities of the faculty sponsor?

The role of the faculty sponsor is to guide you in putting together your proposal and to provide ongoing support and guidance of your research should your fellowship be granted.

Can I apply for more than one fellowship?

No, a student may apply for only one fellowship in a given semester.

Am I eligible for a fellowship as a freshman?

Yes, but we will give preference to those who have completed a history course by the beginning of the project.

Can I apply for a fellowship while studying abroad?

Yes, as long as your proposal is supported by CMC history faculty member.

Can I apply if I have received a Stasneck Fellowship in the past?

You may apply but only for the type of fellowship you have not yet received.

Is it possible to view previous Stasneck Fellowship projects?

In the future this will be possible.

What happens to the projects?

The projects will be read by the Stasneck Fellowship Committee in the History Department. The reports will be kept in the History Department for use by students and faculty. In addition, you may be asked to present your work in various settings.

What should I do if I have other questions?

Consult a member of the Stasneck Fellowship Committee.

Talk to the CMC History faculty member you would like to be your sponsor.