Graduate Funding

The University of Connecticut History Department offers fully funded graduate assistantships to all admitted M.A. and Ph.D. students who are not otherwise fully employed. This typically includes a stipend for nine months during the academic year, a full tuition waiver, and medical benefits. Funded students, both M.A. and Ph.D., work an average of 20 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. M.A. students are funded for 2 years and Ph.D. students for 5 years.  Additionally, the History Department and the University of Connecticut offer numerous fellowship and scholarship opportunities awarded on the basis of academic merit throughout students’ graduate careers.

Teaching Assistantships:

M.A. Student (Years 1-2) and 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 (Ph.D. Students only):

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.

University of Connecticut CLAS Graduate School Fellowships:

These are fellowships that you can apply for as an applicant to the University.

Other Financial Opportunities

These are post-matriculation awards; not to be applied for as an applicant to the programs.

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

External Funding