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Robert D. McJimsey Summer Student Research Fellowships

Robert D. McJimsey Summer Student Research Assistantship application instructions (PDF)


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

Students are advised to read carefully through the application outlined below, and to contact the History administrative assistant, Thecla Shubert (  or Professor Carol Neel ( with any questions.


Applicants should prepare a proposal for ten weeks of summer assistantship in no more than 500 words. Because McJimsey awards assume close cooperation between a student and supervising faculty member, this proposal should explain the goals and status of the faculty member's research project, and articulate the specific ways in which student support will be useful in that project's completion. Categories of student work may include bibliographical research, survey of archival catalogs, assessment of secondary sources, translation, looking for references, response to preliminary drafts, or proofreading. Proposals should describe the ways in which project-specific work will contribute to the student's general academic and particular historical interests. It should also explain how the skills cultivated in the summer's assistantship support her/his long-term academic and intellectual goals.

Supporting Materials:

Each application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the faculty member associated with the student's proposed summer work. This recommendation should affirm the value of the student's support for carrying forward a specific research project. The application requires a second recommendation from a faculty member of either the History or another CC department. If human subjects are involved, Institutional Review Board approval will be the faculty member's responsibility.

Application materials should be submitted as PDFs to Thecla Shubert ( and to both the potential research supervisor and second referee, so that they may submit appropriate comments on the application to Professor Carol Neel for eventual review by the History Department. Applications are due on the first Monday of Block 7. Students who receive an award may apply for rent-free on-campus summer housing through the Dean's Office, although housing is limited and not guaranteed.

Due Dates: 

Applications are due the first monday of Block 7. 

Cosgrove Student Research Funding

Cosgrove Student Research Funding application instructions (PDF)


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.


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)
  2. Brief Letter of support from CC History Department member
  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 due on the 1st Monday of each block (for consideration during the 1st Thursday Department meeting).

This year, the department welcomes student proposals for summer-long independent history projects in a variety of forms (10 weeks/$4000 stipend or prorated for shorter projects). Do you have an idea for a digital project? Maybe you want to research and produce a History podcast? What about a focused walking tour that unpacks the harder-to-see histories of Colorado College or Colorado Springs? Given the impact the pandemic has had on public access to museums and archives, the History department welcomes proposals for summer projects that will put our research, writing, and analytical skills to work!

Please consult with a faculty member about your idea and then submit a 500-word proposal, a budget, and a timeline for your project to Thecla Shubert ( in the History Department.

Summer Internship at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum


Thecla Shubert ( or Amy Kohout (


The History Department is delighted to announce an opportunity for a rising sophomore, junior, or senior: a public history internship with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

The intern will work closely with curator Leah Davis Witherow at the Pioneers Museum on a public history project. While our 2019 project is still being finalized, the goal with this opportunity is to support a current museum project while learning about all aspects of the museum's public history work. This may include archival research, drafting exhibit text, or supporting oral history and digital history projects.

To apply, send a short essay (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, along with a current resume, to Thecla Shubert in the History Department.

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


Awards are $4000 for ten weeks. 

Application Requirements

To apply, send a short essay (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, along with a current resume, to Thecla Shubert ( in the History Department.

Due Dates

Applications are due the first day of Block 7. 


CCE Peak Inquiry Opportunities for Summer 2021

The CCE Peak Inquiry website highlights several opportunities for community partnerships, some of which have historical dimensions. The History department is open to proposals to support projects by History majors on approved CCE projects with historical components. (If any of the CCE Peak Inquiry projects interest you, please contact CCE and Professor Jane Murphy ( to learn more about how to move forward with their process.)

See, for example, these oppertunities:

  • Old North End architectural history project
  • Concrete Couch/History of Coyote Land project
  • Citizen’s Project on changing voter engagement history

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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