Graduate Fellowships and Awards

Because of the kindness of donors, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious is able to offer fellowships and awards to assist you in your academic journey. 

ASU Scholarship Search

Please note: All applications are due on February 15 unless otherwise noted. Be sure to check scholarship portal for exact deadlines. 

Available Awards

Michael A. Steiner Memorial Award for Best History Thesis in British or European History

The Michael A. Steiner Memorial Award is given to a graduate student in History to recognize the best completed masters or PhD thesis in British or European history. The award is given in memory of Michael A. Steiner, who attended Arizona State University for both his undergraduate and Masters degrees. He earned his MA in History from ASU in 1992, studying British and European History. His thesis was titled, "British Quality Periodicals on Ireland, India and Africa 1880-1930." Prior to his death, he had been accepted to Washington University and had won a doctoral fellowship. His parents established this award to recognize other ASU students pursuing this type of scholarly work at the graduate level.

This award is open to any History graduate student who defends their thesis in British or European History during the current academic year. One monetary award will be given in the spring semester prior to graduation.


  • Submit abstract from thesis
  • Letter of support from faculty advisor


Hilmar C. and Mildred C. Krueger Scholarship in Modern and Medieval European and English History

Hilmar Carl Krueger received his PhD in History and German Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1932. From 1929-1940, he taught medieval history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1940, Dr. Krueger joined the University of Cincinnati faculty and assumed the Taft Chair in Medieval History. During his retirement in Arizona, Dr. Krueger continued his scholarly research as an internationally-known medieval historian and was appointed an Adjunct Professor of History at Arizona State University.

The Krueger scholarship is intended primarily to support research trips to Europe for history graduate students studying in the fields of modern and medieval European and English History. Funds permitting, travel for other research-related purposes (e.g., language training, trips to relevant archives outside Europe) will also be considered.


  • Please be prepared to submit a research proposal, a detailed budget, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.


Emma Goldman History Travel Grants

The Emma Godman Travel Grant is named in honor of Emma Goldman, in memory of Dr. Christine Harzig. "Red Emma" played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in the United States and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Her writings and speeches were an inspiration to Chris, who wanted to recognize her own admiration for Goldman's passion for her life's work.

In planning, editing and contributing to the 1997 work, Peasant Maids - City Women, Chris made a notable contribution to migration studies. She framed the argument within the difficult domain of research on places of origin as well as destination, at the same time focusing on the still poorly developed context of gender and migration. Chris went on to publish extensively, in German and English, on diverse subjects, including household workers, gender and the social constructs of diversity. In her last work, Migration und Erinnerung, published in 2006, she brought together her own and other historians' essays on personal and cultural memory of the migration experience. In her attention to memory, she reminded us of its great force in our lives, and of how those who have gone before may continue to guide us.


  • A research proposal with questions, hypotheses, sources, timeline (1000 words)
  • A description of their travel plans with estimate of cost (3000 words)
  • A letter of support from one of the graduate faculty in the Department of History and/or a related academic area at ASU.

Post-award Requirements

  • A written progress report (750 words) within 60 days of the completion of the travel funded by the grant. The report should be sent to the Chair of the History Department.
  • The recipient must agree to acknowledge the support of the Emma Goldman Travel Grant in all publications, conference presentations, dissertation and other relevant written documents.


Max Millett Family Travel Grant for History Graduate Students

The Max Millett Family Endowed Fund provides research assistance to graduate students studying Arizona History with an emphasis on the role of Mormons. Two award recipients will be selected each year.


  • Submit a description of the proposed research and statement of its significance (maximum 500 words)
  • Detailed budget (maximum 2 pages)
  • A supporting letter from a faculty member


Noel J. Stowe Public History Fellowship Endowment

Public History graduate students established this endowment to honor an esteemed faculty member, Dr. Noel J. Stowe who taught at ASU for 41 years, founded the Public History Program, and chaired the Department of History for eight years. The students wanted to thank Professor Stowe for his contributions to public history, his exemplary years of teaching, and his impact on student lives. The Noel J. Stowe Public History Fellowship is awarded to one graduate student in public history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.


  • Submit CV as well as a one-page personal statement.


Thomas H. Critchlow Scholarship

The Thomas H. Critchlow Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students interested in the study of the history of political liberty and economic freedom.


  • Must be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student (Political History and Leadership certificate program student preferred) 
  • Recipient shall have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants should include a resume.
  • Applicants should include a 600-word analytical essay examining a critical decision that was made by a leader of their choice, and how that decision revealed qualities of good or bad leadership.
  • Submit a completed application, resume and essay via the ASU Scholarship Portal by March 1 deadline. 


William C. Jenkins - History Teaching Fellowship

The William C. Jenkins - Helios Education Foundation History Teaching Fellowship is available for graduate students who currently teach or persons who hold a teaching certificate and are preparing to teach history in Arizona schools. 


  • Graduate student enrolled in a SHPRS history MA program
  • Preference will be given to recipients with financial need and financial need shall be considered by the committee when comparing potential recipients.
  • Preference will be given to recipients who have an AZ connection.  Examples include students who have graduated from an AZ high school, college or university and also express a desire to teach in AZ.
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • A written statement about your educational and career goals
  • Deadline May 4


Wallace E. Adams Memorial Award for Excellence in European History

Nan Adams, in memory of her husband Dr. Wallace E. Adams, established this $2,000 scholarship to support students who demonstrate sustained excellence in the pursuit of European history.

Submit a letter to the history scholarship committee explaining why you should be considered, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in history, a copy of a paper from a class by April 25 deadline. 


Race Relations Scholar Award

To promote the study of “racism” and “racial relations” in graduate studies at Arizona State University, The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies announces a new initiative to offer five awards to eligible on ground graduate students at ASU. The Race Relations Scholar Awards recognize the scholarship in the humanities on topics about race relations, with priority given to race relations in the United States.

Topics might include research pertaining to the following, but are not limited to:
• Racism and race relations in the United States.
• Discrimination and violence against Black, Indigenous, Latinx communities and other people of color.
• Social injustice and racial inequity.
• Protests, activism, and social movements for racial equity.
• Studies of slavery, settler colonialism, and/or empire (both in the past and/or ongoing).
• Critical race studies, theories, and methodologies.

Recipients will be named Race Relations Scholars and will receive an award of $2,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year upon successful completion of meetings with their cohort, including a 25-page essay on race relations or related issues to racism. Award winners will meet five times via Zoom during the year to share ideas and progress on their work.

Apply here by October 1

For information regarding the American Indian History of the West Research Fellowship and Race and Ethnicity Research Fellowship, click here

Additional Financial Support

Graduate Assistantships

The primary financial aid available to graduate students is the graduate teaching assistantship. The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies annually awards graduate assistantships on a competitive basis. Half-time awards include full tuition remission and health insurance. Quarter-time awards include half-tuition remission without health insurance. Teaching assistants provide instructional support to members of the faculty, including: grading exams and papers, monitoring online class discussions, and helping develop instructional materials for classes. Advanced doctoral candidates who have passed their comprehensive exams have the opportunity to do independent teaching and participate in the formal TA Training Program. Other funding opportunities are available in advising, editing, and project management in conjunction with various funded projects of faculty members. The majority of available financial aid is reserved for doctoral students. In all cases, financial aid is limited and highly competitive.

Please note these assistantships are available for PhD candidates and not MA students. 

Additional Financial Support