Stone / Davis Prize

To encourage sophisticated training and experience in historical research among history undergraduates, The Davis Center for Historical Studies awards a limited number of Lawrence Stone and Shelby Cullom Davis prize fellowships to rising seniors for their senior thesis projects. Award recipients will receive a cash grant of up to $6,000 for use over summer break. To be considered, a student must have compiled an excellent record in departmental work, and must be recommended by a member of the department. The recommendation letter should be accompanied by a detailed research plan and budget written by the student.

Per University regulations, we will be covering allowable domestic and international travel and accommodation, as well as expenses designated by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) for students to conduct research in University archives and libraries. Awards will be approved for remote research in accordance with the list of allowable expenses approved by the OUR; please refer to the OUR site for details and clarification on what is and is not covered. 

Details of the spring application cycle for thesis funding will be announced to juniors early in the spring semester via email from the Undergraduate Office of the Department of History.

Application Information for Summer 2023:
The last date to submit an application to SAFE with all supporting materials is Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Awards will be announced on Friday, April 21.

Please contact Jackie Wasneski, Administrative Coordinator for the Undergraduate Program, with any questions you may have about Thesis Prize fellowships.


Fizzah Arshad
Vera Brittain and Medicine On the Front Lines of WWI

Sam Bisno
Slavery, Capitalism, and the Evolution of the Cotton Gin

William Goldberg
Empire, Revolution, and Religion in Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's Mauritius

Sam Harshbarger
Perpetual Outsider? A History of Turkey's Relations with International Organizations, 1927-1955

Lena Hoplamazian
India's Capitalists: The Rise and Reign of Bombay Millowners from 1861-1918

Alice McGuiness
Pregnancy and Motherhood in the Female Jails of Colonial Bengal

Mahalia Norton
The Spanish Silent Film Industry

Katie Rohrbaugh
The Story of a Forest: An Exploration of Curation and Environmental Colonialism in Three Singaporean Cultural Institutions

Michael Salama
Water, Mining, and Environmental Policy in Chile

Past Stone / Davis Prize Winners