for Research, Travel, & Survival
while earning your Ph.D. in History
All students admitted to the doctoral program in History at USC receive a five-year funding package, typically consisting two years' fellowship support and three years' support as teaching assistants. For more information see Financial Aid Information.
For Teaching Assistants:
Teaching assignments are typically made by the Chair of History and Director of Graduate Studies at the end of each semester for the forthcoming semester. Students may request to teach in a particular class or for a particular professor, but will be placed where most needed.
The University, Dornsife, and the department offer annual orientation sessions to new TAs.
For University policies and guidelines for TAs, check the Graduate Assistant Handbook.
What about research and travel to archives, conferences, etc.?
Doctoral students can find funding for research and travel in USC-funded internal grants and from external sources.
- USC Student Senate offers some annual research funds to doctoral students.
- The Graduate School offers some funding as well as help in finding grants and fellowships.
- Research centers and institutes around USC offer competitive research funds, e.g., EMSI, VSGC, IRG-CRCC et al.
- The History Department provides up to $500 in research & travel funding to every doctoral student per year.
- The History Department offers competitive funding through the Roberta Persinger Foulke Fellowship.
- The University and Dornsife offers limited competitive research funding through endowed fellowships.
- For additional funds and for grants covering longer periods of research and travel, doctoral students should search for external funding. Many learned associations and foundations offer short-term grants for research.
Your mentors and members of the USC administration can help you investigate external grants possibilities.
What about support during summer months?
Students who have not passed qualifying exams usually use summer months to catch up on their reading for exams, continue language training, or earn money. ABDs often use the summers for research travel or writing.
- Some doctoral fellowships include a certain number of tuition units in summer.
- USC offers some assistance with summer tuition for other students.
- Many learned associations and foundations, as well as government agencies, sponsor summer language training,
- Ask your professors if they need Research Assistants--you'll be surprised how many have research funding and need a paid assistant researcher.
- Check the Career Office's webpage of employment and internship opportunities.
- Check acadermic professional publications (newsletters, etc.) for summer opportunities, e.g., Chronicle of Higher Education has an employment webpage that includes summer gigs.
- Try the USC On Campus Employment page.
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