Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

The History Department offers a number of competitive fellowships to junior and senior majors in history who wish to conduct either independent study or honors research, and who need financial support for expenses such as travel to archives or libraries, duplicating of photographs, purchase of microfilm, and Xeroxing or other expenditures.

The Lyon Gardiner Tyler Undergraduate Research Awards are intended for majors conducting historical research. There are two types of Tyler awards: a Minor Award, typically $100-200, to assist in research conducted in any given semester; and a Summer Award, typically $500-1,000, for research over the summer months, especially in preparation for an honors thesis. The deadlines for Minor Awards are October 15 and February 15; the deadline for the Summer Awards competition is April 1. For applications, see below. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Tuska Benes (, for more information.

The James McCord European Studies Award is for students who intend to undertake summer research in Europe, with a strong preference for England. The deadline for the award is November 10.

Established in 2017 by his wife to honor the legacy of a long-time, highly regarded professor in the Department of History, the James N. McCord European Studies Award, up to $3,000 in travel and stipend, supports undergraduate and graduate students in History, who plan to research or study abroad during the summer in Europe, with a strong preference for Britain.  Awards may also be made available to students in other William & Mary departments or programs.

Applications must Include:

The two letters and unofficial transcript should be submitted to Professor Tuska Benes, Director of Undergraduate Studies (

Other competitive opportunities for research funds are detailed on the Charles Center website. Monies available include the Charles Center Scholarship for Domestic Research, the Batten Scholarships for Preliminary Honors Research, and the Chappell Research Fellowships for William and Mary Undergraduates. History majors who apply for a Lyon Gardiner Tyler Research Grant are strongly urged to apply for Charles Center funds as well.