The Joseph Z. and Ruth N. Stasneck History Fellowships

What are the Stasneck History Fellowships?

The Department of History offers two types of 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 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 in history or to another formal written project.

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 Stasneck Oral History Fellowship is designed to encourage students to utilize interviews, participant-observation and other oral history methods while conducting research related to a senior thesis in history or another formal written project. 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 be awarded. The fellowship will provide grants of $500-$2,000 to be used for travel, equipment and other expenses related to conducting the research, and will be awarded twice a year in the Spring and Fall semesters.

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 and turn in your completed application materials to Bridgette Stokes-Conner, Administrative Assistant of the History Department, Faculty Support West, room LC 24, bstokes@cmc.edu.
  • 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 the interviews planned, give the time line for completion of the project, and make a case for the importance of using the oral history methods they propose to use.
  • A research budget that demonstrates how the grant funds will be spent. Typically, funds will be spent for travel, per diem, equipment, and/or transcription costs.
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will supervise the work.
  • A copy of the applicant’s academic transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).
  • Suggested arrangements for preserving the interviews and making them available for future use.

Application Deadline for Summer and Fall 2018: April 20, 2018

Those who are interested should consult Professor Lily Geismer at lgeismer@cmc.edu, Kravis Center 210, 909-607-2933, and a member of the history faculty who can help them fashion a proposal.

For further information consult:

Stasneck History Fellowship for Archival Research

The Stasneck History Fellowship for Archival Research is designed to encourage students to utilize primary sources from archives while conducting research related to a senior thesis in history or another formal written project. 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 be awarded. The fellowship will provide grants of $500-$2,000 to be used for travel, equipment, archival fees, and other expenses related to conducting the research, and will be awarded twice a year in the Spring and Fall semesters.

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

  • A cover sheet, available from Bridgette Stokes-Conner, Administrative Assistant of the History Department, Faculty Support West.
  • 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 the archives to be utilized, give the time line for completion of the project, and make a case for the importance of using those archives.
  • A research budget that demonstrates how the grant funds will be spent. Typically, funds will be spent for travel, per diem, and the copying of materials.
  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will supervise the work.
  • A copy of the applicant’s academic transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient).
  • Upon their return from the archives, students must submit a report to their supervisor describing their findings from the archives and how those findings will contribute to their senior thesis or research project.

Application Deadline for Summer and Fall 2018: April 20, 2018

Those who are interested should consult Professor Lily Geismer at lgeismer@cmc.edu, Kravis Center 210, 909-607-2933, and a member of the history faculty who can help them fashion a proposal.

For further information consult:

Application Deadline for Summer and Fall 2018: April 20, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of projects are eligible?

Student projects tied to a senior thesis or another formal writing project in history are eligible. To qualify the student must work with a member of the History Department. Dual and double majors writing a senior thesis in another department may qualify so long as they have a member of the department serving as the second reader and the thesis has a historical component. Students may start their projects in the summer before their senior year.

Formal projects not related to a senior thesis that will generate a substantive research paper, a documentary, or a comparable project. The project should be inspired by an issue raised by a history course or by a special interest of the student. 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.

When are projects due?

The due date for a project will be decided in consultation with the faculty supervisor and approved by the appropriate History Department committee. Normally the project will be due by the second week of the start of the semester following the grant.

Application Deadline for Summer and Fall 2018: April 20, 2018.

What is required to apply?

Applications are available online. You may also request an application packet from Bridgette Stokes-Conner or pick one up at the History Department office in Kravis LC 23. In addition to the brief application, you will prepare a two-page research proposal outlining your research project.

A copy of your transcript is also required (printout from CMC portal is sufficient).

You will need to obtain a Faculty Sponsor to sponsor your application. The role of the Faculty Sponsor is to guide you in 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.

Do I have to be a CMC student to apply?

Yes.

Am I eligible for a fellowship as a freshman?

Yes, but only if you will have completed a history course by the time you begin the project.

Can I apply for a fellowship while studying abroad?

Yes, as long as you are under the supervision of or in collaboration with a CMC faculty member. Your faculty sponsor can provide their approval of your application by email to us.

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.

Am I still eligible if I am not a History major?

Yes, as long as have taken history courses, your supervisor is a member of the History Department, and your research topic falls within the field of history. However, preference will be given to history majors and potential history majors.

Is it possible to view previous Stasneck Fellowship projects?

In the future this will be possible. We will make them available on our website.

What happens to the projects?

The projects will be read by the Stasneck Fellowship Committee in the History Department, copied, edited, and posted to our website. 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 Committee: Lily Geismer

Talk to the CMC History faculty member you want to be your supervisor