Graduate Fellowships

Each year the Center has awarded full graduate fellowships to advanced students in the Department of History. The Center provides the stipend, while The Graduate School provides the tuition.  A faculty committee within the department selects these scholars. Recipients are ordinarily excused from normal teaching duties and are expected to organize a one-day graduate conference with an outside keynote speaker, as well as to help manage other Center activities. (For more see below under I.)

In addition, the Center collaborates with other institutions to provide History graduate students with paid summer research projects. (For more see below under II.)


The application process for 2017-2018 is now OPEN (deadline: April 10 by 4 p.m.)

See how to APPLY.

The three Center Graduate Fellows are now known as the T.H. BREEN Graduate Fellows, in honor of the founding Director of the Center and eminent colonial American historian, Timothy Hall Breen. The Center also co-sponsors one QUINN Fellowship in conjunction with the Doris G. Quinn Foundation.


  • Ryan BURNS—Digital media
  • Bonnie ERNST—conference convener: “Resistance in History: From Transgression to Transformation”
  • Emily Curtis WALTERS—conference convener:  “Generations in History: Youth, Age, and Metrics of Cultural Change”


  • Alexandra THOMAS—dissertation: “In Praise of Dracula: Giovanni Botero, Reason of State, and the Ottoman Empire”


2016-2017 BREEN FELLOWS: Michael Falcone, Mariah Hepworth, and Matt June.

QUINN FELLOW: Yanqiu Zheng.

Grad Fellows 206-17 with Dirtector

Breen and Quinn Fellows with Center Director Sarah Maza


Previous CCHS Graduate Fellows:

2015-2016 QUINN FELLOW--Teng Li and BREEN FELLOWS--Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson, Nathaniel Mathews, and Sam Kling (digital and social media); 2014-2015--BREEN FELLOWS: Alex Hobson, Charles Keenan, and Keith Rathbone; 2013-2014--Andrea Felber Seligman and Jesse Nasta; 2012-2013--Neal T. Dugre and Michael Martoccio; 2011-2012--Teri Chettiar and Peter Thilly; 2010-2011--Theresa (Terri) Keeley and Andrew Wehrman; 2009-2010--Fernando Carbajal and Andreana Prichard; 2008-2009--Anne Koenig and Marygrace Tyrrell; 2007-2008--Laurence (Lonnie) Robbins and Strother Roberts; 2006-2007--Bettina Hessler.
More on conferences convened by CCHS Graduate Fellows



In the summer of 2017 the Center is sponsoring these projects:

  1. The Evanston Digital Newspaper project (Evanston History Center, formerly the Evanston Historical Society:
  2. Oral history at the Chicago History Museum  (
  3. Civil War theatrical project at the Chicago House Theatre (


In the summer of 2016 the Center sponsored the following projects:

  • Amanda KLEINTOP—Post Civil War Reconstruction timeline (for an exhibition on transitions after civil wars, set up by Art Works Projects for Human Rights in Chicago)
  • Bonnie ERNST—Evanston Digital Newspaper project (for the Evanston History Center)
  • Bennett JONES (History) and Will CALDWELL (Religious Studies)—Muslim Chicago project (for the Chicago History Museum)

Andrew BAER won a 2014 summer graduate internship at the Chicago History Museum, where in collaboration with the CHM and Google Cultural Institute he curated the online exhibit “Chicago 1968: Law and Disorder,” which presents photographs, primary documents, and images of physical artifacts related to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August 1968.

In summer 2015 the Center started a collaboration with the Newberry library on a graduate fellowship to participate in the production of primary-source humanities-oriented digital collections for use by secondary teachers and students. Ruby DAILY was the 2015 Newberry summer graduate intern.

In summer 2015 Sam KLING became the first to intern at the Evanston History Center (formerly the Evanston Historical Society), digitizing historical Evanston newspapers.