Department of History Scholarships & Awards


The Fall 2022 scholarship application period has now closed as of December 5, 2022. For any questions about these scholarhips or to inquire about the status of your application, please contact Dr. Allison Varzally at

The Black Family Fellowship

Amount: $2,000

Established by: Dan Black and Karl Freels have established up to five fellowships annually to support undergraduate and graduate history students pursuing scholarly development and research toward the completion of a project or degree.

Open to: Graduate and undergraduate students in History with a demonstrated financial need working to complete scholarly development and research projects. Preference will be given to students planning to pursue an M.A., Ph.D., or credential program in History or a related field. All awardees are required to maintain enrollment for at least one additional term after receiving fellowship funding. 

Deadline to Apply: December 5, 2022

Lawrence B. de Graff History Student Fellowship

Amount: $1,000

Established by: Lawrence B. de Graaf, a founding member of the CSUF Department of History Faculty, dedicated teacher, and advisor, established this fellowship to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing innovative research activities, experiential learning opportunities, and/or independent research toward the completion of a project or degree (e.g. study abroad, conference participation, internships, archival research, etc.)

Open to: All History undergraduate students of junior and senior standing and graduate students who demonstrate financial need, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and can provide evidence of timely progress toward degree completion. 

Deadline to Apply: December 5, 2022

All applications must include a resume or biography, an itemized budget for your proposed project or research, and two letters of recommendation. Gradaute students are also required to submit a project prospectus or thesis prospectus alongside theses other requirements. 

Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to Dr. Allison Varzally at with "History Scholarship Recommendation"in the subject line.

Please contact Dr. Varzally for any questions about the status of your application or your letters of recommendation.