Fellowships & Financial Aid

All students admitted to the doctoral program in History at USC receive a five-year funding package.

  • As of fall 2015, FINANCIAL AID packages typically consist of three years' fellowship support and two years' support as teaching assistants.  For more information see Financial Aid Information.

    If you are interested in additional need-based aid such as government loans and grants, however, you must make separate application through the University's Financial Aid Office

    There are three basic sources of financial aid available to graduate students in history who are U.S. citizens:.

    • The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School offer fellowships to all students entering doctoral study at USC. These multi-year packages include all tuition and fees, three years of fellowship support, and two years or more of graduate assistantship. 
    • Advanced doctoral students may compete for additional research awards offered by the University, including the Endowed, Research, and Final Year Fellowships; and the Mentored Teaching Awards. Over the past few years the History department has maintained an excellent track record in obtaining these coveted awards for its most highly qualified applicants.
    • Teaching Assistants (TAs) help full-time faculty in course instruction, taking responsibility for leading discussion sections, grading student work, helping the professor with class preparation, and advising undergraduate students on both course requirements and their classroom performance. TA stipends are for a full-time appointment, and all also provide tuition remission for full-time study as well as health insurance and mandatory student health center fees.
    • Some editorial or research assistantships are also offered by the department or by research centers and institutes at USC.
  • TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS are typically assigned 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 Handbook for Teaching Assistants.

  • OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING for research and travel are available as USC-funded internal grants and grants/fellowships from external sources.

    • 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 three competitive summer research awards:

                       The Seminar Research Award
                       ABD Dissertation Research Award
                       New PhD Award.

    Please check our facebook page regularly for announcements of funding opportunities.

  • Some SUMMER SUPPORT for students who have not passed qualifying exams is available from a variety of sources, including the History Department Research Awards and Foulke Awards (see above). 

    First- and second-year students usually use summer months to catch up on their reading for exams, continue language training, or work at temporary employment on or off campus.  ABDs often use the summers for research travel or writing. Faculty members and College offices can help with applications for summer funding.




  • SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES exist within and outside the History Department.

    • Ask your professors if they need Research Assistants--you'll be surprised how many have research funding and need a paid  assistant researcher.
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