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.

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.




  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034