Junior Paper Funding

The Davis Center for Historical Studies awards a limited number of research grants to junior history majors every fall and spring to research the JP paper topic.

These grants are aimed at encouraging students to reach beyond sources available at Princeton, for instance by visiting archives or libraries in New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC. Students may propose a trip further afield, but such a request must be well-justified.

To be considered, a student must have compiled a strong record in departmental work. The application requires a detailed research plan, budget, and a letter of support from the faculty member advising the student’s junior paper. Award recipients will receive a cash grant of up to $500. Please apply through the SAFE website, which will solicit the necessary recommendation from your junior adviser.

Details of each application cycle (including deadlines for submission and dates of award announcements) will be announced to juniors early in the fall and spring semesters, respectively, via email from the Undergraduate Office of the Department of History. 

Please reach out to Jackie Wasneski, Administrative Coordinator, with any questions. 

2022-2023 Winners

Sam Bisno
Orange Trees and Peasant Comrades: How Spain Shaped the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
"If I Should Die": Freedom and Frustration at the Beaufort Freedman's Savings Bank

Christopher Constantini
(Project Title Unknown)

Darius Gross
(Project Title Unknown)

Christopher Kane
Lima's Archivo General de la Nación for Comparative Analysis of Colonialism and Nationalism in Puerto Rico and Peru

Alice McGuiness
Colonial Construction of Sex Work in the Andamans Penal Colony

Katie Rohrbaugh
Reject Modernity, Embrace Farming: British Ecofascism in the Interwar Period

Max Widman
Developing Glenrothes: Citizen Participation and Environmental Considerations in a Scottish New Town, 1947-1964

2019-2020 Winner

Roberto Hasbun
Project title: Harvey Milk and Latinx LGBTQ Activism in San Francisco, 1970-1980


2018-2019 Winners

Theodore Goldstein
Project title: Spanish and Catalonian Responses to the French Revolution, 1789-1815

Maximilian B. Kim
Project title: Energy and Agriculture: Relations Between China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea

Vayne Ong
Project title: Public Housing and Community Organizing in New Orleans After Hurricane Betsy (1965)


2017-2018 Winners

Mikaela Gerwin
Project title: Violence against Spanish Jews in 1390

Nathaniel Moses
Project title: John Lightfoot

Lucas Ramos
Project title: Muccassassina: Rome's Queer Nightclubs and the Historical Legacy of Queer Primalism


2016-2017 Winners

Faridah Laffan
The Early Years of American Assyriology

Christian Pavlakos
The Commerce Clause in Reconstruction-Era New Jersey