Financial Aid

The History Department endeavors to provide 5-year funding packages to as many Ph.D. students as resources allow.  Typically these packages include one or two years of fellowship and three years of Teaching or Research Assistantships.  Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply for outside funding to support their dissertation research and writing.

Types of Support

The University of Maryland, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of History offer several forms of financial support to our graduate students, including University fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, research awards, and travel grants.

Fellowships are only available to students in the doctoral program.  On a semester by semester basis qualified MA or HiLS students may apply for and receive Teaching or Research Assistantships.

Fellowships as well as Teaching and Research Assistantships include a 9.5-month stipend, tuition remission, and a health benefits option. Ph.D. students on guaranteed funding packages must show satisfactory progress towards the fulfillment of program requirements to keep their funding.  They may also apply for TAships or RAships after their funding packages expire.  These may be granted as need and resources allow.

The general parameters and duties of teaching, graduate, and research assistantships are described in the Graduate Catalog's Policies for Graduate Assistantships.

Doctoral precandidates who have successfully passed the comprehensive examinations may request support for summer work towards the dissertation prospectus. Each spring, doctoral candidates may also apply for one semester of support for dissertation research and writing. Dissertation support is treated as supplemental to the guaranteed multiyear package. Budgetary restrictions may apply.

Additional funding is available to all students through the Research & Travel Grant competitions, matching funds for travel to academic conferences, and various cross-campus funding opportunities.

Applying for Support

Applicants seeking financial support for graduate study should indicate so on the main application. There are no additional requirements to be considered for fellowships and assistantships. Fellowships and assistantships are awarded on the basis of merit, budget, and programmatic balance.

Guidelines for competitive funding opportunities for current students are distributed in the spring semester.

Funding Statistics

In the past few years approximately 10-12 entering doctoral students have received guaranteed funding packages.

Pay Scale and Benefits

For FY2016 (2015-16 academic year), the pay scale for 9.5-month teaching, graduate, and research assistantships will range between $18,028.50 and $18755.05. Fellowships will follow a similar pay scale. Assistantships and fellowships include tuition remission and a health benefits option. Variations in stipend amounts are due to a number of factors, including the type of appointment, international student status, previous appointments, and advancement to candidacy.

Benefits are administered by University Human Resources.

External Support

All doctoral students are expected to make good faith efforts to seek outside funding for pre-dissertation and dissertation field research, as appropriate. The National Scholarships Office and the American Historical Association maintain databases of external funding sources and opportunities.  Every year the Department notifies students of external fellowships that come to our attention.  Our students have been very successful at obtaining Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships.  In 2015, one of our Ph.D. students was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Latin America.

History graduate students may seek assistantships and hourly employment at other campus units, as well as other forms of external support. University Human Resources maintains a list of Employment Opportunities.

Appointments made outside of the Department may be subject to Payroll, Office of Research Administration and Advancement, and/or International Education Services oversight, when appropriate.

Additional information on the costs and financing options for graduate education is available through the Office of the Bursar and the Office of Student Financial Aid.