Research Funding

The History Department has funds to support archival and field research in the United States and abroad. In recent years, History majors have utilized these funds to conduct research in China, Florida, England, Hungary, Singapore, and Texas. Three fellowships of varying award amounts are available to juniors and seniors: Hook, Tow, and Vapnek.


Lucyle Hook Travel Grants

The Lucyle Hook Travel Grants (endowed by an emerita Barnard faculty member) provide funding for travel related to research for the Barnard senior thesis. Candidates apply to the Faculty Committee on Honors, which typically awards four or five grants each year. The award amount varies, but normally ranges from $100-$500. Interested students should speak with Dean Runsdorf by early October of the senior year and obtain the Committee guidelines for application from him at that time. Decisions will be announced by mid-December. More information can be found on the Dean of Studies Website.


Tow Fellowship Travel Grants

Tow Fellowships support travel related to research for the senior thesis. Candidates apply to the Committee on Honors (CoH) in the spring of their junior year to seek support for travel that will take place during the summer between their junior and senior years. The awards generally range from $1,000-$4,000. Interested students should see Dean Runsdorf during the fall semester of their junior year. More information can be found on the Dean of Studies Website.

Bertha Vapnek Research Fellowship for Junior History Majors

This fellowship is intended for students currently in their junior year for thesis research conducted in the summer before their senior year. The student is required to work with a faculty member in the History department to develop a project that may be relevant to the student's intended senior thesis topic for the following year. Please note that the fellowship may meet part but not all of an awardee's request for funds, and funds may be distributed between two or more individuals.
Applications should include the following: 1. A brief description (two pages, maximum) of the proposed research project, which should describe both the significance of the project and the applicant's concrete plans for carrying it out; 2. A brief budget of projected expenses; 3. The name of a faculty member who has been consulted about the proposed project. Deadline for applications is March 20, 2018. Applications should be emailed to

Undergraduate Research Fellowship in European Archives

Are you a junior history major thinking about writing a thesis?

The Columbia history department, with support from the Barnard Provost’s Office, offers $4,500 for four to six weeks of research in European archives. The Senior Thesis Program is for history majors in CC, GS, and Barnard preparing to write a senior history thesis in 2018-2019 on any topic of history with archives located in Europe. Past projects have included European, South Asian, Caribbean, and African History.

The program is led by Professor Susan Pedersen and Professor Charly Coleman, with assistance from graduate student Roslyn Dubler. Over the course of the Spring 2018 semester, all students have the opportunity to participate in workshops that will assist in the research process. For those students selected, the program includes a three-day workshop at the Columbia Global Center Europe at Reid Hall in Paris in July 2018.

An information session on the Senior Thesis Program will take place on Wednesday February 7 at 5.30pm in Fayerweather 411. On Friday 23 February (time TBA), all students are invited to learn how to get started on a research project with Columbia librarians John Tofanelli and Meredith Levin. Students interested in applying can also attend a workshop on prospectus writing with graduate student Roslyn Dubler at 5.30pm February 26 in Fayerweather 411.  Applications for the program will be due Friday 23 March.

If you are interested in any of the above events, or in applying to the program, please contact Roslyn Dubler ( To get started on research, it is highly recommended you also contact the relevant subject specialist librarian, which can be found here, and look at the Guide to British Archives and the Guide to European Archives.

President's Global Innovation Fund / 2017 Fellowship Recipients for Research in European Archives