The opportunities for student research are diverse, robust, and numerous. In addition to curriculum-based research, students can initiate semester-long independent research projects for credit, and many take advantage of grant-funded programs for summer research worldwide.

The history department strongly encourages, mentors, and supports students in their research and publishing efforts. We offer information, online resources, and multiple opportunities to pursue history research at Davidson.

Davidson College Funded Programs

If you are interested in either of the research opportunities listed below, talk with a member of the history department to learn more information and allow enough time to prepare/apply.

George Lawrence Abernethy Endowment

The endowment funds programs and projects related to philosophy, ethics, politics, economics, public health, world affairs, and comparative religion. Awards for travel and research are available up to $3,200. Applications are generally due in early November. Additional awards may be available in the spring.

Davidson Research Initiative (DRI)

The DRI summer program fosters collaborative student-faculty research in all of the liberal arts disciplines. Maximum stipend is $3,500. Interested students should identify a member of the Davidson faculty who will be available to serve as a mentor, and submit a research proposal and other application materials to the program director by late January.

External Scholarships and Fellowships

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowships in New York City

The institute offers multiple fellowships, as well as the History Scholar Awards. Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for more information.

SHEAR/Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Seminar in American History

This unique research opportunity is held for three weeks during the summer before students enter their senior year. The focus is American history, 1776-1861. Students conduct original research using the outstanding archives in Philadelphia, including the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Only 10 students are accepted each year. Contact Professor Sally McMillen for more information.

Contact your adviser or professor Jonathan Berkey for additional information on research opportunities.