The most likely or popular programs for History majors on this site are: GROUP, URAP, SURF, HAAS, McNair Scholars, Miller Scholars (for transfers), as well as topic-specific grants through various UC Berkeley centers (e.g., the Center for British Studies, the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements, etc.). For a full list of programs, see http://research.berkeley.edu/opportunities.php.
A grant of $750 is available to assist with travel and research expenses for History majors writing their 101 thesis. For more information and the online application click here.
While the study-abroad programs are not research-specific, travel abroad could tie in to research or historical interests and certainly is good for broadening one's historical awareness. See the Berkeley study-abroad programs and other UC study-abroad programs for the range of options available. If you are considering Study Abroad be sure to be aware of History Dept. policies regarding study-abroad, and see the department undergraduate advisor.
Each Fall and Spring, the UCB Washington Program sends 25-30 undergraduates to Washington, D.C., to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UCB.
To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. You must also have taken at least two upper-division courses on the UC Berkeley campus, which provide background for the topic you intend to research. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the new UC Washington Center a half-mile from the White House. UCB financial aid is transferrable to DC. Students earn a full semester of UCB academic credit.
Online applications, more information about orientations and deadlines, as well as program information is online: http://ucdc.berkeley.edu/
History majors are encouraged to publish their research results, either in one of Berkeley’s undergraduate journals (especially Clio’s Scroll, the Berkeley History Department's own undergraduate journal), or in other undergraduate journals beyond Berkeley.