History Associates Board Research Travel Fellowship

This award was created in 2017 to honor the memory of History Associates Board members who made an exemplary contribution to our mission. The aim of the award is to support the travel expenses of distinguished graduate students nominated by Department of History Faculty. 2017 Thomas Franke, “Black Spaniards: Color, Status, and Community in Sixteenth-Century Valencia” (given in memory of Ann […]

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Stephen Hay Award

The Award honors the memory of Professor Stephen Hay, who died in March 2001. The award supports graduate study of Islamic thought and culture. Recipients: 2016 Munther Al-Sabbagh 2013 No award 2012 Paul Baltimore: *From the Camel to the Cadillac: The Culture of Consumption and the U.S.-Saudi Special Relationship.” 2011 Zamira Yusufjonova: “Islamic Identity in Tajikistan.” 2010 Andrew Magnusson: “Al-Majus: Zoroastrians […]

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Robert O. Collins Award

This prize was created by the department in 2008 to honor the memory of Prof. Robert O. Collins, who taught African History at UCSB from 1964 until his retirement in 1994. In recognition of his own lifelong commitment to research and publication, and with the support of a generous gift from Prof. Collins’ three children, the Robert O. Collins Prize […]

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History Associates Graduate Fellowships

The History Associates, with advice from the History department, make awards each year to graduate students of particular merit at any stage in their graduate careers. Awards vary in amount, depending on need and circumstances. This gift is eligible for matching dollars from the Van Gelderen challenge. Recipients: 2017 Mariel Aquino, Kashia Arnold, Melissa Barthelemy, Serge Ferrari, Thomas Franke, Doug […]

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John Coleman Award

The John Coleman Award goes to the graduate student who wrote the best paper in Cold War history, international history or military history, the three fields that defined John Coleman’s career interests. John served in the military in Vietnam. He was a former journalist who traveled widely and returned to school to pursue a degree in international relations. The Hawaiian […]

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Esmé Frost Fellowship

2017 Kalina Yamboliev 2016 James White 2015 Will Thompson 2014 Joseph Figliulo-Rosswurm 2013 Abigail Dowling 2012 Alison Ruth Turtledove 2011 Tracey E. Watts 2010 Colleen Ho 2009 Timothy Daniels 2008 Lindsey Scholl 2007 Karen Frank Heidi Marx-Wolf 2006 Eric Fournier 2005 Corinne Marie Wieben 2004 Tanya Suella Stabler 2003 Joshua C. Birk 2002 Thomas Sizgorich 2001 Tryntje Helfferich 2000 James […]

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Thomas N. Sizgorich Memorial Award

Thomas Sizgorich’s first seminar paper was published in Past & Present. His second was published in the American Historical Review. His doctoral dissertation was recognized by the Council of Graduate Schools as the best dissertation in the humanities for the biennium 2004-05. The published version,Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity: Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam (2009), catapulted him into […]

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Monica Orozco Prize

Dr. Monica Orozco, who earned her PhD in Latin American history from UCSB in 1999, is Director of the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library. She established this award in 2011 to recognize the best paper on a historical subject in Latin American history produced by a graduate student in History or Latin American and Iberian Studies with a strong preference for […]

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Philip W. and Maria Powell Prize

The Philip W. and Maria Powell Prize is awarded to a History graduate student who has made a distinguished contribution to Latin American and Iberian studies at UCSB. It is given in memory of Philip W. Powell, a founding member and first chair of the department, who was Professor of History from 1948 to 1981. Present and previous recipients: 2017 […]

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Robert L. Kelley Fellowship

The Robert L. Kelley Fellowship recognizes the outstanding graduate student in the fields of Professor Kelley’s interest: U.S. intellectual history, public history, or the history of public policy. Robert Kelley was one of the founding members of the UCSB Department of History. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Doug Genens 2016 Alexander Coles 2015 Brian Griffith 2014 Jill Dolan 2013 Alison Jefferson 2012 Paul […]

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The Frank and Amanda Frost Prize

Emeritus History Prof. Frank Frost and his wife, Amanda, established this prize to encourage graduate student research in the history of political economy. Broadly conceived to cover any chronological period or geographical area, the prize goes to the best seminar paper, dissertation chapter, or dissertation that explores an episode in the history of political economy that had results that changed […]

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Darcy Ruth Ritzau Graduate Student Award

The Darcy Ruth Ritzau Graduate Student Award was established by our Graduate Program Assistant to help meet the needs of history graduate students who have unusual circumstances or financial needs that could not be met by existing resources. Preference will be given to first-year students. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Chris McQuilkin 2015 No Award 2014 Maria Fedorova 2013 Stephanie […]

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Wilbur Jacobs Prize

The Wilbur R. Jacobs Prize honors Wilbur R. Jacobs, Professor of History from 1949 to 1988 and a founding member of the History Department. It is awarded to an outstanding History graduate student in one of the three areas of Professor Jacobs’ research interest: colonial, Native American, or frontier studies. Present and previous recipients: 2017 Mariel Aquino and Rana Razek 2016 Alexander Coles […]

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Donald Van Gelderen Memorial Fellowship

The Donald Van Gelderen Memorial Fellowship is an endowment that was created by one of the History Associates’ most stalwart supporters, Dr. Jo Beth Van Gelderen, to recognize non-traditional students who, like herself, returned to graduate study in history after taking time off to pursue career and family interests. Current and previous recipients: (prior to 2006, this award was known as The […]

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William H. Ellison Prize

The William H. Ellison Prize, awarded in memory of William H. Ellison, Professor of History from 1925 to 1948, recognizes the best History graduate seminar paper, as determined by the History Prizes committee. Present and previous recipients: (Prior to 1990, this prize was administered by the History department) 2017 Sasha Coles, “‘A Nation’s Wealth Surrounds a Worm’: Mormonism, Consumer Politics, and Utah’s Silk […]

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Harold and Kathleen Drake Fund

This fund was established in 2008 to aid graduate students in ancient Mediterranean and ancient Chinese history in a variety of ways, including the Drake Entrance Fellowship for recruiting outstanding graduate students, the Drake Research Assistantship for support of current students, and travel funds. It honors Roman historian Hal Drake, who taught at UCSB for 38 years, and his wife, […]

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History Associates Graduate Endowment

For more than 25 years, Dr. Jo Beth Van Gelderen has encouraged donations to the History Associates Fellowships by means of an annual challenge whereby she matches other contributions dollar-for-dollar. In 2006, she established the History Associates Graduate Endowment to provide a stable source of funding for graduate students in the UCSB History department. The earnings from this endowment fund […]

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History Associates Recruitment Fellowship

The History Associates Recruitment Fellowship was created in 2008 to help the History Department recruit outstanding new graduate students in all fields of history. Present and past recipients: 2015-16 No award 2014-15 No award 2013-14 No award 2012-13 No award 2011-12 No award 2010-11 Eun Ah Kim 2009-10 No award 2008-09 Ryan Abrecht Tiffany Dimaggio Zamira Yusufjonova

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Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly Graduate Student Award

Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly, who received her Ph.D. in History in 2008, created this award in 2011 in gratitude to the UCSB History Associates and as an incentive to other PhDs who, like herself, received crucial support when working on their degrees. It is intended to help support current or incoming History PhD students who are also raising children. Students may self-nominate […]

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Lawrence Badash Prize

The Lawrence Badash Prize recognizes the outstanding graduate student essay in history of science, technology or medicine in any era or geographical arena, or on weapons control. It honors Lawrence Badash, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science. Recipients: 2017 Julie Johnson,“A Woman’s Business: Branding Marie Stopes, 1918-1939.” 2016 Brian Tyrrell, “Bred for the Race: Thoroughbred Breeding and Racial Science, 1900-1940.” […]

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Dick Cook Memorial Award

The Dick Cook Memorial Award is presented to a graduate or undergraduate student who is outstanding in terms of research, teaching, and service to the department. It is given in honor of Dick Cook, the founding president of the UCSB History Associates. This gift is eligible for matching dollars from the Van Gelderen challenge. Recipients: 2017 David McIntosh (grad) Paolo De La Cruz-Perez (undergrad) […]

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