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Ashton Welch History Fellows

Immerse in History

The Ashton Welch History Fellows Program is the premier scholarship and training program for the study of history at Creighton. It supports undergraduate historical research and career preparation by providing funding, mentoring and supplemental programming.

Welch Fellows will receive $2,500 per year for up to four years ($10,000 total) for educational expenses. These expenses may include tuition, internship stipends, research funds, subsidies for Creighton study abroad programs and other pre-approved activities. Welch Fellows will have faculty mentors and will be invited to participate in special programming like meetings with visiting scholars and career preparation workshops.

Students will not just study history; they will immerse themselves in it.  

The Creighton University Department of History encourages students to pursue their interests and discover new ones through active engagement in historical inquiry.  

We seek highly motivated students who have the desire to engage in classroom debate, explore archives and museums, and speak with participants in important historical events.  

We offer students:  

  • mentored research opportunities with influential scholars 
  • internships in cultural institutions and businesses  
  • study abroad in Ireland, the Philippines, and other countries 
  • opportunities to present and publish original work in a variety of venues  
  • an innovative program in Digital Humanities 


Fellowship Requirements

  • Enroll in HIS 290 in the first year at Creighton
  • Declare a History major by the fall of the second year
  • Maintain good academic standing and a minimum 2.75 GPA (in the major and overall)
  • Join and maintain active membership in the History Society
  • Participate in history department programming, recruitment, including the annual Horning Lecture and special events sponsored by the Casper and Morrison Chairs.

Application Requirements

  • Upload a 300-word statement of interest in the History Fellows program statement should introduce you to the committee and express your specific interests as they relate to the History Fellows program.
  • Submit written work that demonstrates evidence of scholarly preparation and interest in history. Examples: coursework that demonstrates historical analysis (without instructor evaluation/grade), research from programs like National History Day, etc. Submission should be no more than three pages.
  • In addition to completing this application, you are required to participate in an interview to be considered for the Ashton Welch History Fellows Program. Interviews will be conducted on campus during the Special Programs Day (often held in January). Applicants are highly encouraged to attend the Special Programs Day if possible. If you are unable to attend, phone/online interviews will occur in January.

For questions and additional information, please contact:

Dr. Mike Hawkins, Chair
Department of History

Current Welch Fellows

  • Nina Crabtree, Class of 2024
  • Adia West, Class of 2024
  • Jackson Fuller, Class of 2024
  • Wyatt Greco, Class of 2024
  • Paige Davis, Class of 2024
  • Ella Meyer, Class of 2025
  • Logan Yogi, Class of 2026
  • Jack Hoving, Class of 2027
  • Mary Mayfield, Class of 2027
  • Camden Spyers, Class of 2027

Contact Information

Department Office
216 Dowling Hall
Humanities Center
Phone: 402.280.2884
Fax: 402.280.1454

Department Chair
Dr. Michael Hawkins
Phone: 402.280.2653

Mailing Address
Department of History
2500 California Plaza
Omaha NE 68178