Research Funding

Research Funding and Opportunities

Robert D. McJimsey Summer Student Research Fellowship:


Thecla Shubert ( or Professor Carol Neel (


Robert D. McJimsey Summer Research Awards are offered yearly to up to two History, Classics-History-Politics, History-Political Science, History-Philosophy majors or History minors. Students must return to CC for at least one semester following the research award. Eligible students are those whose interests and skills match those of Colorado College History faculty sufficiently that they are able to support specific faculty in their research toward publication. Awards may be up to $4,000 for ten weeks (or prorated for shorter periods). In the course of these fellowships, students work closely with individual professors to identify primary sources, survey and assess scholarly criticism, and support various stages of research and writing, from the formation of a research question through the correction of page proofs. Although such student involvement is of benefit to faculty scholarship, the primary goal of McJimsey awards is to support the development of students' research interests and skills through apprenticeship. Here, especially able and engaged students are able to participate in publishable research and experience the steps through which a scholarly project moves from initial conception toward book or article form.


Awards may be up to $4,000 for ten weeks (or prorated for shorter periods).

Application Requirements

On the first Monday of Block 5 the History Department will release descriptions of summer projects that they are seeking student support for. Student will have until the third Monday of Block 5 to apply for these research positions. Students who are interested must submit a current resume, transcript, and cover letter that details why they are interested in the project and why they believe they would be a good fit for the position. Application materials should be sent to Thecla Shubert ( with the email subject indicating the position you are applying for. Faculty may choose to conduct interviews at their own discretion. 

By the last day of Block 5 faculty will announce their candidate selections. Faculty will then work with their selected students to formally apply for the McJimsey funding. 

Due Dates: 

Applications are due the third Monday of Block 5. 

The History Department is not accepting student proposals for funding (please see the Cosgrove Research Fund if you are interested in such opportunities). Rather, we will publish a list of specific faculty projects which students can apply to be research assistants for. 


Cosgrove Student Research Funding


Thecla Shubert (


Cosgrove Student Research Funding is intended to support History students (majors and hyphenated-majors) working with History faculty mentors on historical research projects that cannot be undertaken at CC or through Inter-Library Loan. This research may occur during the regular academic year or, with faculty approval, during the summer. Students may apply to fund travel to libraries, archives or museums for on-site research, to conduct oral history interviews, or to gather other materials for research projects. We support direct travel costs, modest living expenses, and research costs up to $800 and encourage students to apply for Venture Grant Funding first or concurrently.

We specifically support projects that have been preapproved through Venture, projects related to a student's capstone, or projects that are being conducted in close collaboration with a faculty member. 


Up to $800 per student.

Application Requirements

  1. Detailed proposal describing the project, its timetable, and its specific research needs (i.e., listing the libraries/ archives/museums to be visited and the materials that the applicant hopes to examine). Please specifically describe what you hope the outcome of your research is (i.e. a paper, presentation, etc). 
  2. Brief Letter of support from CC History Department member OR arrange for a History Department member to speak on your behalf at the department meeting. 
  3. Detailed budget, with airfare or mileage, food and lodging costs, and research expenses (photocopying, images, etc.)
  4. Acknowledgement of funding upon receipt in written or oral presentations of research*

Due Dates

Applications are accepted on a rolling bases and will be considered at the next department meeting (first Wednesday of each block) after submission. All materials should be submitted to Thecla at We ask for submissions to be submitted with at least two blocks of lead time prior to the dates of the project. 

Paid Summer Internship at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (10 weeks/$4000)

The History Department is delighted to announce an opportunity for two rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors: a public history internship with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

The interns will work closely with Professor Kohout and the museum’s Curator of History, Leah Davis Witherow, to support a current museum project while learning about all aspects of the museum’s public history work. Previous interns have conducted archival research, drafted exhibit text, and supported digital history projects. They have also worked in and with the museum’s collections and helped with special summer outreach events.

For summer 2022, our focus will be on conducting research in support of the museum’s planned revision to their “Cultural Crossroads” exhibit. In addition to work in the archives, we are envisioning some guided reading and discussion of current scholarship in Indigenous history and the history of what is currently the U.S. West, which will prepare us to help museum staff and their partners frame and plan the new exhibit.

To apply for this internship opportunity, send the following via email to Thecla Shubert ( in the History Department:

(1) a short essay (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and how it connects to your larger academic program and personal goals


(2) a current resume

Applications are due by the end of Block 6 (Wednesday, March 16, at noon). Preference will be given to History and History-hyphenate majors and History minors.

See Professor Amy Kohout ( to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Keller Venture Grants


Keller Venture Grants, made possible by the Keller Family Foundation, allow you to imagine, articulate, and bring to life your own original research project. Apply for a Keller Venture Grant today.

Gaylord Prize for Independent Study

Asian Studies Department

The purpose of this prize is to encourage and support independent work by students interested in Asian Studies. Prizes will be awarded for projects proposed by both individuals and small groups.

Sheffer Fund for Roman Catholic Studies

Religion Department

The Paul Frederick Sheffer Fund for Roman Catholic Studies awards grants to students and faculty for travel and study, provides library materials, funds internships with Roman Catholic agencies of community service, and supports visiting lecturers and block visitors.

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