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There are three general types of awards:
As an undergraduate student in the Department of History, you may apply for travel funds to conduct research in libraries and archives around the world or to present your research at international conferences.
Note: In most cases, travel awards will only cover a portion of your costs. The funds are typically disbursed toward the end of the academic year (April–May).
Research Travel: Barbara Frum Travel Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate and/or graduate student(s) in the Department of History to undertake research and access archives, libraries and collections throughout the world.
Conference Travel: Jerome Samuel Rotenberg 7TO Memorial Travel Award in History
Awarded to undergraduate and/or graduate student(s) whose focus is on 18th- and/or 19th-century British history. If no suitable candidate is found, it will be awarded to student(s) whose focus is on British history. If a suitable candidate still cannot be found, it will be awarded to any Department of History student(s).
How to Apply
To apply for these travel awards, your letter of application should include:
- Your student ID number
- An estimated budget, plus:
- For the Barbara Frum scholarship:
- A description of the proposed research and the specific archives or collections that you need to consult
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your research project
- For the Jerome Samuel Rotenberg award:
- A description of the conference and an abstract of your paper
- A copy of your notification of acceptance to the conference (an email notification is acceptable)
- For the Barbara Frum scholarship:
- If you wish to apply for both travel awards, you only need to submit one application. You should state in your letter that you wish to be considered for both.
Send your application by email or mail it to Professor Nakanyike Musisi, Associate Chair, Undergraduate, Department of History, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St., Room 2074, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3.
Essays may be nominated by the instructor or teaching assistant, or submitted directly by the student. Each essay prize has specific guidelines for subject matter and, in some cases, year of student. Please check to be sure your essay is eligible.
All Souls Historical Essay Scholarship
Awarded to the student submitting the best essay on a subject in the pre-modern and/or the modern period of history, with special consideration given to essays on medieval or modern Europe. You may submit an essay that you wrote for a course, or write an essay solely for the competition. If written for a course, you must receive the best grade in a course numbered 300 or above in history. Either you or your instructor may submit the essay.
Canadian Labour Congress Book Prize
Awarded for the best essay on Canadian labour in a Canadian history course.
The Michael Bliss Essay Prize in Canadian Political History
Established by the friends, students and colleagues of Professor Michael Bliss. To be awarded to the best essay in Canadian political history written for a Department of History course. You must apply to the department with a copy of your essay.
Bertie Wilkinson Scholarship
Awarded to the first- or second-year student, part-time or full-time, who writes the best essay in the medieval period for one of your history courses.Essays may be nominated by the instructor or teaching assistant, or you can submit your essay directly. Please check the essay's eligibility requirements above before you apply.
How to submit an essay:
- Submit one electronic copy, either a Word or PDF document, and one clean hard copy (without your instructor’s comments or grade).
- Make sure that your name does not appear anywhere on the essay, including the title page, running heads, etc.
- Supply a separate cover sheet (or title page) with your name, student number, the title of the essay and the course information.
- Do not include an application letter or any of the comments from your instructor or TA. Those will not be forwarded to the prize committee.
- Email your essay to the undergraduate administrator. Please include the name of the prize in the subject line of your email.
- The hard copy must be dropped off at the history department.
- The deadline for submissions is April 30.
A committee of faculty members reads the prize submissions over the summer. Results are announced in late summer or early fall.
Professor R. Birla/History Book Prize
Established by ASSU from money awarded to Professor R. Birla in the 2003-04 academic year as the winner of the Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award.
Year: (For Year III/IV) - To be awarded to the student writing the top essay in either HIS470, History, Rights and Difference in South Asia, or HIS 480H1, Modernity and its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique.
Ziedenberg Family Undergraduate Award
Established through the generous donation of Gerald Ziedenberg and family to recognize outstanding papers and submissions regarding the Holocaust.
Awarded annually to undergraduate student(s) as a prize for the best paper on the Holocaust determined by the professor or lecturer teaching HIS338H or HIS361H based on submissions to the course.
Edward Kylie Fellowship
Requirements: Student enrolled in a program offered by the Department of History who has been accepted for graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. The completed
Mukherjee Opportunity Fund
This prize aims to help undergraduate students who wish to expand their cultural horizons while pursuing their university studies in History. The range of eligible activities is limited only by the student’s own imagination: they might, for example, purchase concert or theatre tickets, take out membership in a museum, join a writers’ workshop, or sign up for photography lessons.
Requirements: Students will apply by writing directly to the Chair of the History Department. The application will include a short essay (500 word max) describing the cultural activity that they wish to undertake, and how it will enhance their historical understanding and studies. The cost of the activity may not exceed $500. Applications will be due 30 September each year. Applicants must be registered in a History Major or Specialist program, and be in their second, third, or fourth year
The Faculty of Arts & Science determines which students are eligible for these awards. Our associate chair, undergraduate studies then chooses recipients from these nominees.
Abella Prize in Canadian History
Created by friends and colleagues of Rosalie (B.A. 1966, LL.B. 1969, LL.D. 1990) and Irving (B.A. 1963, M.A. 1964, Ph.D. 1969) Abella in recognition of their distinguished contributions to Canada.
Requirements: Student with the highest cumulative GPA in History courses who has taken three or more full course equivalents in Canadian History over the course of his/her academic career.
Albert E. Rabjohns Scholarship
Requirements: Student in the Major or Specialist program in History with the highest combined GPA in the courses taken in second and third year.
Brian Mulroney Prize
Requirements: Awarded to a student who, among the eligible students has received the highest mark in ECO 230Y (International Economics Institutions and Policy), HIS 263Y (Introduction to Canadian History), or POL 214Y (Canadian Government and Politics).
G.H. Armstrong Scholarship in Canadian History
Requirements: Student who has taken three or more full course equivalents in Canadian History over the course of his/her academic career.
George M. Wrong Scholarship in History
Requirements: Student in the Major or Specialist program in History who has taken at least three full course equivalents in History in that year.
John B. Tinker Scholarship in History
Requirements: To be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need, to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of History – in the first instance to a student whose focus is on early modern European history; if no suitable candidate is found, the scholarship will be awarded to a student whose focus is on European history; finally if no suitable candidate is found, the scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student in the Department of History.
John Fraser Gray Scholarship in Modern History
Requirements: Student whose program in third year includes a minimum of two full course equivalents in History.
John King Scholarship in Modern History
Requirements: Student in the Specialist program in History.
Marsha Kideckel & Larry Robbins Scholarship in Jewish History
Requirements: To be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in a program in the Department of History who has taken a course in Jewish history.
Maurice Cody Memorial Prize
Requirements: Awarded annually to an outstanding student in the specialist program in modern History.
Stanley and Merle Taube Award in History
Requirements: Full-time, undergraduate student(s) at the University of Toronto in a major or specialist degree program in History on the basis of financial need.
Sydney Frank Buckland Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: Awarded annually to an outstanding student whose program includes: for the first year award, at least one HIS course; for awards in other years, at least two HIS courses.
Stacey Prizes in Canadian History
Established from the gifts of donors in the memory of Colonel C.P. Stacey, two are awarded annually to continuing undergraduate students having completed third year, specializing in History.
Requirements: 1) Student in the Major or Specialist program in History; 2) Student in the Major or Specialist program in History, who has take two or more full course equivalents in Canadian History over the course of his/her academic career.
Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Scholarship
Established in 1995-96 to mark the Society’s centenary, to perpetuate its name, and to continue its contributions to maintaining Canadian heritage.
Requirements: Student in the Major or Specialist program in History who has taken at least three full course equivalents in Canadian History, two of which are at the 300/4// level, in the course of his/her academic career.