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Funding for Graduate Students

Students pursuing a graduate degree in the UGA History Department have access to several types of funding. Nearly all doctoral students and most of our master’s students receive departmental teaching assistantships. Typical funding packages provide up to six years of support for PhD students and two years for MA students. When considering offers of financial support, we encourage prospective students to weigh the length of our funding period, which surpasses what most history departments offer, our moderate workloads, and the low cost of living in Athens, Georgia.

TAs are evaluated every semester by their instructor of record. The evaluation is available here. The TA policy is included in the Guidebook.

A variable number of merit-based departmental teaching assistantships (see the CTL handbook) are available each year to incoming doctoral and master’s students. The majority of TAs are assigned, usually to a large undergraduate history survey class, to one of two categories  as determined by the department needs:

  1. Graders/Proctors/Office Hours: These TAs work directly with a supervising instructor and assist in all kinds of classes. Duties vary greatly, but usually include grading, proctoring exams, and holding office hours. Their duties usually do not include in-class teaching responsibilities. See section 1.2. for more information on assisting another instructor.
  2. Discussion Leader (usually after the first semester): While these TAs assist a supervising instructor, they generally have more in-class teaching responsibilities, their duties including preparing and presenting topics during breakout session in addition to grading and holding office hours. See section 1.2. for more information on assisting another instructor.

Departmental enhancement grants are also awarded as first-year supplements to the most qualified applicants. In addition, the Graduate School offers competitive, multi-year research and teaching assistantships and fellowships. All departmental and Graduate School teaching and research assistantships include tuition remission, health insurance benefits, and coverage of most student fees. These benefits apply to Georgia residents as well as out-of-state students. For detailed information on the department's graduate funding policies, including satisfactory progress requirements, please consult the Graduate Student Guidebook and the terms of specific Graduate School assistantships.

Departmental travel grants for research and conference participation are available on a competitive basis. The Graduate School also offers fellowships to support dissertation research, writing and completion, in addition to Graduate School travel grants. History graduate students often win the Graduate School’s most sought-after awards.

We welcome suggestions for grants and awards not currently listed below.

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Internal Awards and Grants

UGA Graduate School Travel Awards: [More Info]

  • Travel Funding for students presenting research
  • Domestic Travel Grants (open to all graduate students)
  • International Travel Grants (open to doctoral students and students pursuing terminal degrees)

History Department Graduate Travel Award [More Info]

UGA Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships: (

  • George Hugh Boyd Memorial Scholarship
  • Alfred E. Brown Scholarship
  • Dianne C. Davison Scholarship
  • Mary Erlanger Graduate Fellowship
  • J.W. Fanning Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Goizueta Foundation Graduate Scholars Fund Assistantships
  • Hamilton Lokey Graduate Scholarship
  • Gwinn Henry Nixon Scholarship
  • Osborne Graduate Fellowships for Students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Phelps-Stokes Graduate Fellowship
  • South Georgia Graduate Fellowship
  • UGA Alumni Association Endowed Graduate Scholarship
  • Jane S. & Harry Willson Graduate Fellowship

Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award, UGA Office of Research [More Info]

James L. Carmon Scholarship, UGA Office of Research [More Info]

Willson Center Graduate Student Research & Performance Awards, Willson Center, UGA [More Info]

Numan V. Bartley Travel Award, UGA History Department [Details forthcoming]

Excellence in Research by Graduate Students Award, UGA Graduate School [More Info]

Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, UGA Graduate School [More Info]

Summer Research Grants for Doctoral Students [More Info]

Grants for Communication of Research and Scholarship [More Info]

UGA Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UGA Graduate School [More Info]

UGA Honors Program Funding list

Comprehensive list of the major scholarships available to graduates, undergraduates, and graduating students. [More Info]

External Funding Sources

National Archives Regional Residency Fellowship, National Archives and Research Administration [More Info]
International Dissertation Research Fellowships, Social Science Research Council [More Info]
John H Daniels Fellowship, National Sporting Library [More Info]
Smithsonian Inst Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution [More Info]
Formby Research Fellowship, SW Collection Texas Tech University [More Info]
The Dirksen Congressional Center, The Dirksen Congressional Center [More Info]
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, Massachusetts Historical Society [More Info]
The Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association [More Info]
Graduate Dissertation Award, Economic History Assoc [More Info]
Fothergill Research Award, Bartram Trial Conference [More Info]
Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship (History of Technolgy), SHOT [More Info]
Research Fellowships for the Study of the Global South, Tulane Univ [More Info]
Short-term Visiting Fellowships, USC [More Info]
Hal K. Rothman Fellowship, American Society for EH [More Info]
K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, Association of American Colleges and Universities [More Info]
Ellison Durant Smith Research Award, USC, The South Caroliniana Library [More Info]
World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, Smith Richardson Foundation [More Info]
Colonial Dames American History Scholarship, Colonial Dames American History [More Info]
Archie K. Davis Fellowships, North Carolinia Society [More Info]
Alfred D. Bell Travel Grant, Forest History Society [More Info]
Hagley Museum Grants, Hagley Museum [More Info]
Library Company of Philadelphia Fellowships  [More Info]
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship [More Info]
Miller Center of Public Affairs, UVA [More Info]
Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Ph.D. Fellowship, Morris K. Udall Foundation [More Info]
Julian Pleasants Visiting Scholar Grant, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida [More Info]
Chase Family Award for Visiting Graduate Scholars, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Special & Area Studies Collections, at the George A. Smathers Library at the University of Florida [More Info]
Robert and Gay Zieger Social Justice Scholarship Fund, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida [More Info]
Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), [More Info]


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