A student’s admission funding letter outlines the agreed upon funding package for each student. Funding includes tuition, health insurance, student fees, summer research funding, and a stipend.

Typically, the History Department agrees to fund students for five years (ten semesters). Starting in 2018-2019, we count only those semesters that are funded by the History Department.  That means that if another campus agency pays your stipend, that semester does not count against your ten semesters of History Department funding. A sixth year of funding is available when requested by the student’s advisor.

We encourage students to apply for fellowships and/or additional funding opportunities.

If you receive an outside fellowship that does not cover your tuition, you will be responsible for paying your tuition, health insurance, and student fees. We suggest applying for the Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) from the Graduate School, which will cover those costs.  In any case, make sure you send a copy of your fellowship letter to the Graduate Coordinator.

The History Department offers both competitive and non-competitive research funding, and we encourage students to seek funding also from the Graduate School and external sources.  Most of the applications for competitive department and Graduate School research funding are vetted and ranked by a Prize Committee appointed by the Department Chair.  The chair of the History Department Prize Committee sends out emails throughout the academic year regarding funding opportunities, application procedures, and important deadlines.  Requirements and application forms are available on the department’s graduate intranet and the Graduate School sites.

DEPARTMENTAL TRAVEL GRANTS: The Department has limited funds to assist ABD students who will be presenting papers at conferences. Usually, this is a one-time grant of $200. Students should apply, stating the purpose of the travel and noting other funding sources applied to and received. To apply, use the travel grant form on the Graduate Intranet.  The Graduate School also offers up to $400 for this travel; please apply on their web site.

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL: In addition to these departmental funds, the Graduate School has fellowships to support (a) off-campus research, (b) final stages of dissertation writing (either the last year or the last semester), (c) small research expenses, (d) summer research, (e) personal emergencies, and (f) travel to present your research at conferences.

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