All students admitted to the doctoral program in History at USC receive a five-year funding package. Packages typically include two years of fellowship support and three years of support as teaching assistants.
FINANCIAL AID packages typically consist of two years' fellowship support and three 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:
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.
Your mentors and members of the USC administration can help you investigate external grants possibilities.
SUMMER SUPPORT for students who have not passed qualifying exams is available from a variety of sources. First- and second-year students usually use summer months to catch up on their reading for exams, continue language training, and/or in temporary employmenty on or off campus. ABDs often use the summers for research travel or writing.
SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES exist within and outside the History Department.