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External Opportunities Fund (also known as the History Graduate Student Opportunities Fund)


The Department of History established the External Opportunities Fund (EOF) to encourage graduate students to seek outside fellowships, especially those funded by major foundations and scholarly associations.  The Graduate Program encourages students to seek support from all appropriate outside grantors. In order to obtain such funds whenever grantors do not cover or even require University supplements to cover either/or tuition, fees or benefits, the Department will make available a limited amount of funding to supplement funds granted by beneficiaries, in accordance with rules outlined below.

There are two kinds of EOF awards:

  • Grants to support students who receive major graduate fellowships: These grants will supplement fellowships that require the University to provide tuition and/or benefits, or to cap the amount charged to the student for those purposes. If essential to receive the fellowship, EOF funds will be made available to recipients to the full extent of the grantor’s requirement.

Fellowships of this sort include, but are not limited to, programs from the Mellon Foundation, the Quinn Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Further examples include ACLS, AAUW, MacArthur, Pew, Spencer, and Whiting fellowships.

  • Smaller grants, typically not framed by grantors as fellowships, which assist students with costs attendant on research and writing: In some cases, the funds may support payment of tuition and fees. EOF will support a supplement to a maximum of 40% of the cash value of the award. Under this category of EOF grant, the maximum award to a student per academic year will be $8,000.

To be eligible for an EOF grant, students must give the graduate program advance notice that they are applying for external funding. Please submit the EOF application from at the same time the external funding application is due.

EOFs will not be granted in cases where the Graduate School already has an existing commitment with the funding organization to provide the funds to cover tuition and benefits. Examples of these organizations with these types of arrangements include: Jacob Javits, the Ford Foundation, NSF, NPSC, SSRC, ACLS, and Newcombe.

Receiving an EOF counts as a semester of departmental funding. The number of grants given each semester is contingent on the availability of funds.

To be eligible for an EOF grant, students must give the graduate program sufficient advance notice that they are applying for external funding.

Application:  http://history.wisc.edu/generalinfo/forms/eof_application.pdf

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