Funding Graduate Study in History at UIC

UIC offers three types of financial support for graduate students in history: Teaching Assistantships, Tuition and Fee waivers, and Departmental or University Fellowships and awards. Financial Aid Forms

    Download online forms: http://grad.uic.edu/pdfs/grad_appt.pdf
    Request Application materials by phone: UIC Graduate College 312 413 2550
    Request Application by email: lindavp@uic.edu
    Request Application materials by mail: UIC Graduate College (m/c 192)
    606 University Hall
    601 S. Morgan St.
    Chicago, IL 60607-7106

Fellowships and Awards (available to new and continuing students)

    History Doctoral Awards (HDAs): The History Department awards a limited number of enhanced teaching assistantships to outstanding incoming students. These awards guarantee four years of funding as well as tuition and service fee waivers. History HDAs carry a stipend plus a tuition and fee waiver.

    Teaching Assistantships: The History Department awards a limited number of teaching assistantships each semester. These are available to new and continuing students. Teaching assistantships carry a stipend plus a tuition and service fee waiver.

    • Teaching assistantships provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience under the supervision of a faculty member, typically by grading and leading discussion sections.
    • Teaching assistantships are ordinarily restricted to Ph.D. students.
    • Initial appointments are made for one academic year (two semesters) and may be renewed for a maximum of six semesters. (It is not necessary to teach six semesters in succession.)
    • Students must apply each year (to the Director of Graduate Studies) to renew the teaching assistantship. Applications are due in the Graduate Secretary's office on the first Monday in February.
    • Teaching assistants must register for at least eight credit hours each semester they teach.

    Tuition and Service Fee waivers: The History Department awards a limited number of tuition and service fee waivers each semester.

    • Tuition and service fee waivers may be awarded for one semester or for an academic year.
    • To receive a tuition and service fee waiver students much register for at least 12 credit hours during the period of the award.
    • Continuing students must apply by the first Monday in February to renew tuition and fee waivers. Applications must be sent to the Graduate Secretary.

    University-based fellowships and awards

    • University Fellowships
    • Dean's Scholar Awards
    • Provost's Award
    • Abraham Lincoln Fellowships
    • Diversity Fellowships

The History Department has been very successful in competing for university-wide fellowships and awards. Each year the Graduate Advisory Committee recommends new and continuing students based on merit. For information on available fellowships see www.uic.edu/depts/grad/awards/index.shtml

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History Department Fellowships and Awards (available only to continuing students)

Deena Allen Memorial Fellowship - An annual award for Ph.D. candidates who plan research in Europe. Open to students in Modern European History with preference to candidates in British History. The award is to be used to enable the awardee to take advantage of cultural opportunities while abroad. This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver.

Bentley Brinkerhoff Gilbert Endowed Fellowship - An annual fellowship to Ph.D. candidates in European History (including Great Britain, Ireland, and the territory of the former U.S.S.R.) The fellowship is to be used to for travel for research purposes and personal support furing the writing of the dissertation. The awardee may hold other university and departmental awards but may not hold a teaching assistantship. This fellowship carries a tuition and fee waiver.

Robert V. Remini Scholarship - An annual award to Ph.D. candidates in American history who are researching and/or writing a dissertation in that field. This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver.

John B. and Theta Wolf Fellowship - An annual award to Ph.D. candidates whose dissertation is in the field of European, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern history (includes continental Europe, Great Britain, Russia, and North Africa). The award is to defray research and travel expenses. This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver.

*Polish National Alliance Endowed Research Award (for students in Polish History)- An award to a graduate student in any field who has completed at least one course in Polish history. The award requires that the student do an appropriate amount of research in Polish history during the term of the award. This award carries a tuition and fee waiver.

Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Scholarship (for students in Polish History) - An annual award given to a graduate or undergraduate student of Polish history. This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver.

*History of Poland Scholarship - An annual award to a graduate student or undergraduate majoring in history who has taken or is taking course work related to the History of Poland and who has at least a 4.0 grade point average. This scholarship carries a tuition and fee waiver.

Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowships - Two annual dissertation fellowships open to Ph.D. candidates in all fields to be used for either research and/or writing of the dissertation. These fellowships carry tuition and fee waivers.

Leo Schelbert Prize - An annual award to a Ph.D. candidate in any field who has demonstrated exceptional interest and skill in teaching. This award does not carry a tuition and fee waiver.

Leo Schelbert Dissertation Award - This award is given in every fourth year. The dissertations completed during the three years since the last award are eligible to compete. A committee of three faculty members appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies will review the dissertations and select the winner.

*Indicates that the award carries tuition and service fee waivers.

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Financial Aid Information For Continuing Graduate Students in History at UIC

  • Continuing students may apply for Teaching Assistantships, Tuition and Service Fee waivers as well as Provost's Awards and Dean's Scholar Awards.
  • Applications for financial support from continuing students should be accompanied by a statement of progress, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor.
  • Advanced Ph.D. candidates may have the opportunity to teach courses of their own.

Deadline for Continuing Students applying for Financial Aid

  • Continuing students must apply by the first Monday in February to renew tuition and fee waivers.
  • Applications must be sent to the Graduate Secretary.

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