History Department Graduate Funding

We provide 5 years of funding to all admitted PhD students (pending satisfactory progress in the program). The following outlines the primary funding opportunities available to our students, although all funding is contingent upon continued support from several sources, including the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate School, and Purdue University.

Teaching Assistantship

Our PhD funding usually takes the form of a Teaching Assistantship (TA). TA duties typically include grade exams in one of our larger lecture courses (20 hours per week). In Academic year 2019-20, that TAship included the following benefits:
• A stipend of $19,000 per academic year
• Covers all tuition and fees (except about $300)
• Entitles you (and any spouse and dependents) to enroll in our subsidized University Graduate Student Staff Health Plan, which cost about $550 a year in 2019.
• We also try to ensure that every admitted PhD student gets 2 semesters of that 5 years of funding in the form of an RAship. This gives you the same benefits as a TAship with no teaching requirements. Students usually take one semester of that RAship to conduct research away from campus once they have completed their preliminary examinations, and one semester to focus on writing later in the process.

Competitive Recruitment Fellowships

The following competitive fellowships may also be offered to highly qualified applicants. Applicants do not apply directly for these fellowships:

Ross Fellowship

In Academic year 2019-20, the Ross Fellowship included the following benefits:
• A stipend of $22,500 per calendar year
• Covers all tuition and fees (except about $300)
• Entitles you (and any spouse and dependents) to enroll in our subsidized University Graduate Student Staff Health Plan, which cost about $550 a year in 2019.
• One year of Ross funding comes without any responsibilities, meaning students can conduct research or write without teaching obligations.

Andrews Fellowship

In Academic year 2019-20, the Andrews Fellowship included the following benefits:
• A stipend of $24,500 per calendar year
• Covers all tuition and fees (except about $300)
• Entitles you (and any spouse and dependents) to enroll in our subsidized University Graduate Student Staff Health Plan, which cost about $550 a year in 2019.
• Two years of Andrews funding comes without any responsibilities, meaning students can conduct research or write without teaching obligations.
Research and Writing Fellowships
Students in advanced stages of their degree may also apply for the following competitive College of Liberal Arts fellowships. Students interested in these fellowships submit applications to the department, which then makes recommendations to the College-wide competition:

Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship (PRF)

• Currently $20,000 per academic year plus 2 months summer funding
• No responsibilities on campus, meaning students can conduct research or write without teaching obligations
• Students must be post-preliminary examination to apply

Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

• Currently $20,000 per calendar year
• Tuition remission and covers most fees
• No responsibilities on campus, meaning students can conduct research or write without teaching obligations
• Students receiving this grant must graduate upon completion

Additional Travel and Research Funding Opportunities

In addition to these fellowships, students making satisfactory progress in the PhD program also have access to the following travel and fellowship funding opportunities:

The College of Liberal Arts PROMISE fund

• Tier 1 will provide up to $750 in approved funding for expenses related to scholarship/creative activity including research or domestic travel for graduate students to present original scholarship/creative works.
• Tier 2 will provide funding up to $1,500 for expenses related to scholarship/creative activity with an international focus including research or international travel to present original scholarship/creative works.
• Students may apply for this travel and research funding once a year. Priority will be given to students who are advanced in their programs, and especially to those presenting original research or creative works at major domestic or international conferences or exhibitions or conducting primary data collection.
• Further details are available here: https://cla.purdue.edu/students/graduate/promise/index.html

Departmental Travel Funding

The Department also has a number of competitive research awards for students researching and writing their dissertations:

Harold D. Woodman Graduate Research Award
https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/history/scholarship/Harold%20Woodman%20Graduate%20Research%20Fund.html


M. L. Flaningam Graduate Award
https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/history/scholarship/Flaningam%20Award.html


Paul and Reed Benhamou Graduate Scholarship in History

https://cla.purdue.edu/academic/history/scholarship/Paul%20and%20Reed%20Benhamou%20Graduate%20Scholarship.html


The George Mayer Award for History

Awarded annually to a graduate student who exhibits exceptional leadership in the classroom, the department, the College, the University, or the broader community

James J. Shevlin Study Abroad Scholarship
Undergraduates receive first consideration, but graduate students may apply following disbursements to undergraduates

Departmental Funding
Modest funds may also be available from the Department for conference attendance and research trips

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