Applying for Support

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 M.A. 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.