Support for Graduate Students

The Department of History provides several forms of support for Graduate Students and Recent Ph.Ds.

Summer Research and Travel Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.  Applications are due in spring of each year; the exact deadline and specifications are announced well in advance of the deadline. These require a proposal, budget, and a letter from your advisor.  First-year graduate students participating in the research seminar receive priority for these grants, but all students who have legitimate research needs, especially involving travel to archives and libraries, are eligible.  Decisions are made by the Graduate Committee. You will be reimbursed for expenses based on the submission of acceptable receipts documenting legitimate research costs as specified in your original application.

The Department also supports Travel to Conferences for graduate students who are presenting a paper.  Only one such grant will be allowed a student annually.  The maximum award is $500.  These awards can be, however, combined with funds available from the Graduate School.  Applications must include an acceptance/invitation to the conference in question along with a budget.  These should be submitted to the Chair of the Department and the DGS by email.  There are no specific deadlines. You will be reimbursed for expenses based on the submission of acceptable receipts.

In years when it is financially able and at the discretion of the chair, the history department will offer up to $500 of support for current graduate students who are actively on the job market and attending the annual meeting of the AHA. These funds may be used for transportation, hotel accommodations, and other legitimate expenses associated with the conference. Students must write to the chair and DGS before the conference, requesting funding, and they must adhere to all university policies regarding expenditures and reimbursements. 

Recent Ph.Ds (defined as those who are no more than five years from the award of their degree) who do not hold a permanent job (tenure-track or the equivalent) will be eligible for funds to support the reading of a book or grant proposal by our selected outside expert who has a working agreement with the University and Department.  These grants are determined on an ad hoc, first-come, first-served basis by the Chair of the Department.