Funding

The Department of History admits students to its graduate programs (MA and Ph.D.) with and without funding. Each student should refer to his or her departmental offer letter for specific details about their funding support. The information provided below serves to clarify the language of our funding offers and to help our graduate students pursue additional sources of funding within and outside of the department.

Regardless of the initial financial package, the department seeks to ensure that all continuing Ph.D. students are financially supported. To the extent that resources are insufficient to meet student's need, the department, on the advice of the graduate committee, will rank students using a combined criterion of academic performance and financial need to award funds.

To be considered for any type of funding graduate students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and be within their Support Time Limit. Financial support is not renewed automatically but is approved by the department on a yearly basis.

Departmental Funding

Admissions Offer Letter Funding Packages

Fellowships

The Department offers a small number of fellowship packages, like the Regent's Fellowship, the San Diego Fellowship, and the Cota Robles, to incoming students. The fellowship packages include tuition, fees, a stipend of up to $18,000, and an additional Dissertation Year Fellowship. Students with guaranteed dissertation funding (as stipulated in their letter of admission) may use some or all of this funding as a writing fellowship. A student who intends to use their guaranteed dissertation funding should notify the Graduate Coordinator during the spring quarter of the year before its intended use. 

Dissertation Fellowships

The department may fund a limited number of dissertation fellowships, depending on annual budgetary considerations. Dissertation fellowships are intended to give graduate students who have advanced to candidacy the opportunity for dedicated writing time. Priority will be given to those students likely to complete their dissertation during the academic year in which the fellowship was awarded. Graduate students seeking such support must apply to extramural sources and submit copies of those applications together with a formal application to the department for dissertation-year support. Dissertation fellowships awarded by the department from block grant funds normally include a stipend (presently $8,000) and a fees scholarship for the payment of resident tuition and fees and, if applicable, non-resident tuition. The department may reduce the amount of the stipend, fee, and tuition assistance to provide support to more students.

Fee Scholarships for Non-(CA) Resident Students

Within the limits of available funds, tuition scholarships are also available to graduate students who are not legal residents of the state of California. Students who are citizens of the United States qualify for California residency before their second year at UCSD. It is the responsibility of the student to file a declaration of residency. It is a policy of the Graduate Division not to offer tuition assistance to continuing students after their first year at graduate school.

Fee Scholarships for International Students

Depending on annual budgetary considerations, it is the policy of the department to provide a scholarship for tuition to all non-resident teaching assistants who were initially admitted to the program with a tuition scholarship along with the understanding that this assistance would be continued in subsequent years. Language teaching assistants normally receive tuition scholarships for one quarter from the Department of Linguistics and two quarters from the Department of History.

Depending on annual budgetary considerations, it is the policy of the department to provide a scholarship for tuition to all non-resident teaching assistants who were initially admitted to the program with a tuition scholarship along with the understanding that this assistance would be continued in subsequent years. Language teaching assistants normally receive tuition scholarships for one quarter from the Department of Linguistics and two quarters from the Department of History.

Tuition and Fee Remission

Academic Student Employees (TAs, Readers, GSRs, Assoc.-Ins) receive a partial remission of fees when assigned to a 25% or above appointment. 
  • Student Services Fee
  • Tuition
  • Health Insurance

A complete list of graduate student tuition and fees can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Tuition and Fees Scholarships

 Availability of all fee scholarships is dependent upon annual budget. 

In-Absentia Fee Scholarship

Students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible to receive a fee scholarship to pay the balance of the In-Absentia Registration fees waiver for three(3) quarters. Students who receive an extra-departmental award ($10,500.00 for the academic year/$3500.00 per quarter) are eligible to receive up to an additional three (3) quarters of In Absentia registration tuition and fees paid by the department. 

In-Residence Fee Scholarships

Students who have advanced to candidacy and have been awarded an extramural (outside of the UC) grants/fellowship  ($18,000 ay/$6,000 per qtr) are eligible to receive a fees scholarship ($17,000 in residence tuition).

In-Absentia Registration

Departmental Payment of In Absentia Tuition and Fees

Where the Dean of the Graduate Division has approved In Absentia status, the Department will normally
pay tuition costs for one academic year (three quarters). Students who receive an extra-departmental award (note threshold amounts) are eligible to receive up to an additional three (3) quarters of In Absentia registration tuition and fees paid by the department. In no case will the department pay In Absentia tuition and fee costs beyond two academic years (six quarters) of In Absentia status. These limits on support time and the purpose of In Absentia tuition are firm rules; no petitions or requests for exceptions will be considered.

Activities that Qualify for In Absentia Status

  • field research
  • coursework away from campus
  • a residential fellowship that requires residence away from the San Diego*

*Student's advisor must confirm that holding such a fellowship would be the best course of action for the student to advance toward the degree.

External Award Thresholds

$10,500.00 for the academic year/$3500.00 per quarter

Department of History In-Absentia Policy-Full Text [PDF]

Extended Field Research Grants

Overview

Extended Field Research Grants are meant to support students who have applied for and not received extra-departmental-funding to support research away from San Diego. A condition of the award is that it be used only to satisfy an unmet financial need.  If you subsequently receive extra-departmental funding that will cover all or part of the unmet financial need stated in your proposal, you are required to repay the department for such amounts (or make arrangements with the department so that the appropriate amount of the departmental award is not paid to you).  This is essential to preserve scarce departmental funds used to support the needs of all students in the graduate program. Failure to disclose such additional extra-departmental awards and arrange necessary reductions or reimbursements may render you ineligible to receive any additional departmental research and travel funding.

Eligibility

Available funds are STRICTLY limited to those students who have satisfied all of the following conditions:

  • passed their qualifying exams and advanced to candidacy
  • applied for and did not receive, extended field research funding from outside of the department for the coming academic year
  • demonstrated that they are in need of extended travel for research related to the dissertation 
  • not previously received one academic year or more of funding for extended field research from the department

The department will send out a call for proposals once a year in spring quarter for the following academic year.

Travel Grants

The department has limited funds to assist graduate students with research expenses. Students may apply for a maximum of $1,500 a year to cover travel, subsistence and other expenses for research purposes. Preference for these research awards will be given to students who are advanced to candidacy, are within normative time limits, and have not received previous research funding from the department. Awards may be reduced if demand exceeds the resources of the fund. Students with guaranteed dissertation funding (as stipulated in their letter of admission) may use all or part of this money for research travel. 

The department will send out a call for travel twice a year (Fall and Spring quarters). You must complete and submit a travel reimbursement request form to the Graduate Program Assistant. 

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Ensminger.

Prizes

H. Stuart Hughes Prize

The H. Stuart Hughes Prize is award annually to the student who produced the best research paper in one of our research seminars during each academic year. The honoree is announced at the Department of History's Welcome Reception the following year and awarded a $700 honorarium. 

Hull-Marino Prize

The Hull-Marino Prize was named for Dryden Hull, a graduate student who was tragically lost in a car accident while a Ph.D. student in our program. His advisor, John Marino, raised money to endow the prize in Hull's memory. After Dr. Marino's passing the department faculty honored Dr. Marino's efforts by adding his name to the prize. 

The Hull-Marino Prize is award annually to the graduating Ph.D. student who produced the best dissertation that academic year. The honoree is announced at the Department of History's End of Year Reception and awarded a $1000 honorarium. 

Academic Student Employment (ASE)

The Department of History hires Teaching Assistants and Readers quarterly, and Graduate Student Researchers and Associate-Ins as circumstance and funding allow. More information about these positions and how to apply for them can be found on our Employment page.

Extra-departmental Funding

Research Grants

All students are expected to apply for outside fellowships to fund field research, usually conducted in the fourth year. The student is responsible for identifying specific fellowships and keeping track of application deadlines. Many of the major research fellowships are submitted in the fall of the year before they would be used, so students are encouraged to start the process of identifying fellowship opportunities, writing a proposal, and securing recommendation letters during the spring and summer before applications are due.

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