Graduate Funding

The University of Connecticut offers Graduate Assistantships each semester, which typically include a stipend for nine months during the academic year, a tuition waiver, and medical benefits, and require an average of 15 hours of work per week as a teaching assistant or research assistant. All awards are made on the basis of academic merit during the initial application and acceptance process; there is not an additional application.  Other opportunities for graduate assistantships might become available on an ad hoc basis.

Teaching Assistantships:

M.A. Student Years 1-2

Ph.D. Students: Years 1 – 5
These students normally receive a .75 teaching assistantship (or .50 teaching assistantship if combined with other University funding). Students must remain in good academic standing and meet all of the deadlines for progress through the program to maintain funding.

All students receiving graduate assistantships are subject to the provisions and protections in the GEU-UAW Local 6950 contract. More information about the Graduate Student Union, such as the current contract, its leadership, and frequently asked questions can be found on their official website.

Instructors of Record:

All students must have passed the Ph.D. General Examinations (including having an approved prospectus completed) and must have taken History 5103, Teaching History, to be assigned their own courses to teach. Three courses are equivalent to a .75 teaching assistantship per year. Students progressing toward the degree in a timely manner receive priority for the funding that is available. Teaching assignments in the 6th year or later are available when the budget permits.

Other Financial Opportunities:

Department Fellowships and Scholarships

  • The Karl Z. Trybus Graduate Award in Modern European History
  • The Albert E. and Wilda E. Van Dusen Scholarship
  • The Connecticut Celebration 350th Fellowship
  • The Harry J. Marks Fellowship in European Social and Intellectual History
  • The Hugh M. Hamill Graduate Fellowship in Latin American History
  • The Bruce M. and Sondra Astor Stave Prize in Recent American History
  • The Thomas G. Paterson Graduate Fellowship in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations
  • The James L. and Shirley A. Draper Dissertation Fellowship in Early American History
  • The Abraham and Faye Astor Scholarship
  • The Andrew W. Pyper Scholarship
  • The Michael L. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship
  • The Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • Summer Fellowships for Dissertation Research

University of Connecticut Fellowships, Scholarships, and Other Funding: 

Graduate School

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) 

For more information, please contact ONSF’s Assistant Director, LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay ( ). Mrs. Saunders-Kanabay specializes in the U.S. Student Fulbright Grant Program, the NSEP Boren Scholarship, and the Critical Languages Scholarship.

Discover possible scholarship and fellowship opportunities through the ONSF’s Graduate Fellowships Toolkit.

Centers and Institutes

Master’s Program

Aid is not always available for masters students through the department. However, there are several opportunities through the Graduate School for tuition and other financial assistance: