History Department Research Funding - Spring 2016

Apply for financial support to conduct historical research.

Almara Research Grant

Established by an alumna, the Grants (which number several each year) are meant to encourage independent research by students  conducting research supervised by faculty in the History Department. This research usually leads to a 295 to 395 independent study in History. Recent awards have helped Mount Holyoke undergraduates to conduct interviews and research in a variety of places, including Washington D.C., Harvard University, New York City, Bangladesh, France, China, and South Africa. Applications for this grant are requested twice annually, once in the fall and once in the spring.


Wilma J. Pugh Grant

Established by Wilma Pugh, Professor Emeritus of History and her nephew, Emerson Pugh, the Award consists of a research grant to a History major who shall be undertaking an independent project in history during her senior year. The grants cover the cost of travel to a research site and research expenses, such as, visas, research permissions, and copying. 

Recent recipients have used this award to conduct research in the United States, Europe, South Asia, and Africa. Wilma Pugh said of the award, "I hope that students will develop an interest in research and the ability to know how to do research. Whether they go on in history or not, training in research is useful in a great variety of fields."

Wilma Pugh was a History Professor at Mount Holyoke College from 1943 until 1971, and a specialist in seventeenth and eighteenth-century French history with an emphasis on intellectual history. She received a Ph.D. in 1931 from Cornell University and was the first woman to teach history there. Emerson Pugh is a retired IBM scientist and author of four books on the history of the computer industry. He is also father of Sarah Pugh Tate, who graduated from Mount Holyoke College as a history major in 1985.


Applying to the Almara and Pugh Grants

A faculty committee will choose recipients of the awards based on students past achievement and the quality of their research proposals. Students who wish to apply should submit an on-line application form which includes:

  • a 2-3 page description of the proposed project (along with a 1 page bibliography) that defines the topic and describes both the importance of the research for the student's program of study and the uses to which the Award would be put; 
  • a transcript (an un-official transcript from MyMountHolyoke is sufficient); 
  • a proposed budget;
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department with whom the student has worked sent to Holly Sharac, Senior Administrative Assistant. 

Interested students should consult with members of the History Department to plan the project and get feedback on the draft proposal.

Ready to submit an application? Apply here.