Application Requirements


The department offers several scholarships to support undergraduates working in the field of history. The scholarships are available at different stages of an undergraduate student’s career and can cover things like tuition, living expenses, books, and travel for research. Students who wish to apply for a history department scholarship no only need to meet the general requirements listed below, but should also refer to the individual scholarship pages for specific scholarship requirements.

General requirements for a History Department undergraduate scholarship:

(See Harnsberger Scholarship for different general requirements)

  • An overall cumulative GPA of 3.2 from all schools attended
  • A cumulative history-course GPA of 3.5 from all history courses taken at any school
  • A minimum of 50 credits completed at the time your scholarship is dispersed
  • Three upper division (3xxx or above) history courses at the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities campus completed before your scholarship is dispersed
  • Registered undergraduate student at the University during the upcoming academic year (i.e., the next fall and spring semesters)

To apply, submit the following materials to the Undergraduate Studies (UGS) Office, 1135 Heller Hall, or email the materials to along with your application and related materials specific to each scholarship:

  1. A completed checklist/cover letter (available at the UGS office) acknowledging which scholarship(s) you are applying for, and including your current email address, mailing address, name of reference, and phone number
  2. A current transcript (including your previous fall semester grades); unofficial copies are fine
  3. A letter of reference from a historian at the University of Minnesota
  4. Any additional material required for the specific scholarship for which you are applying (see specific scholarships for additional requirements)

Paper Prizes

The history department offers prizes for outstanding undergraduate student papers. If you would like your paper to be considered for an award, please check the individual paper prize requirements and review the general department requirements before making your submission.

To be eligible for prize submission, papers must:

  • Be completed between January 1 and December 31 of the preceding calendar year (even if you graduate before the prize is awarded).
  • Be accompanied by an appropriate cover sheet (available in the Undergraduate Studies Office).

Application Submission Procedures

Procedures for Submitting Applications for Scholarships and/or Paper Prizes

Once all of the relevant materials have been gathered, submit them electronically to You may submit them in the form of word documents or as a PDF. If you are applying for multiple scholarships or paper prizes, submit complete and separate applications for each one. If you do not have the ability to submit these materials electronically, print out one copy of your materials for each application and submit hard copies to the History Undergraduate Studies Office, 1135 Heller Hall. If you have further questions, contact

All scholarships (except the Moen) are due Monday, March 2nd, 2020. The Moen Scholarship is due Monday, April 6th, 2020.