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History Summer Fellows Institute

 Summer fellows title page with picture of student


The Department of History is pleased to announce a fully-funded graduate preparation institute for underrepresented students, on the University of Georgia campus this summer.

As Summer Fellows, rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, as well as recent graduates, spend a month in Athens, Georgia, living on-campus and immersing themselves in historical research. The program introduces participants to the advanced study of history in all geographic areas and time periods. Under the supervision of Georgia's stellar faculty, fellows learn how to work in archival materials, interpret photography and material culture, create digital projects and podcasts, formulate arguments about the past, and manage their own research projects. Fellows spend considerable time outside of the classroom as well, taking historical bus and walking tours, going behind-the-scenes of the University’s Special Collections, attending historical events, lectures, book-signings, and film screenings.

Intellectual breadth, specialized scholarly competence, and excellence in teaching distinguish the graduate program in History at the University of Georgia. Internationally recognized and award-winning faculty serve as advisors for graduate students in a relatively small program, providing opportunities for individualized mentoring. Graduate students enjoy the academic resources of a major research university while developing marketable skills as educators. 


  • Applicants must be rising juniors/seniors or recent graduates in history or a related field (preference will be given to graduate-ready candidates)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a graduate degree in history
  • Applicants must be available to participate in all four weeks of programming and prepared to make a full-time commitment to the institute
  • Applicants must identify with a historically underrepresented group
  • Applicants welcome from all geographic regions

 Program Benefits

  • Graduate study supervised by Georgia’s outstanding faculty
  • Comprehensive work in primary sources
  • Writing experience
  • Exposure to digital history
  • Introduction to graduate admissions process
  • This program is fully funded. Each fellow will receive a $1000 stipend. In addition, the program will cover the costs of travel, housing, meals and course materials.

Applications are now closed for 2020.

We had a tremendous response this year and were excited to anticipate the highly qualified 2020 applicants to our campus. Unfortunately, COVID19 happened, and all on-campus summer programs were cancelled. The 2021 deadline to be decided.

Application requirements:

  • A 500-word statement in which you discuss your specific interest in history. What attracts you to the discipline? Why is it important to study history? What kind of history assignments do you generally like?
  • A 10–15 page academic writing sample
  • The names, titles, and email addresses of two people who are willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf
  • A copy of a current official transcript
  • A short resume


The Summer Fellows Institute would not be possible without the sponsors who made it all possible, John and Kay Parker.

HSFI fellows at UGA's GeoSpatial Lab 2019 HSFI fellows at the Russell Library archives 2019 HSFI fellows with the University of Georgia Press 2019


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