Graduate Studies at Illinois

With an innovative, accomplished, and diverse faculty in a wide range of fields of study, an active and supportive intellectual community, significant student diversity, and the resources of one of the world’s great research libraries, the History Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers an ideal environment for graduate study.

Among our core educational priorities in preparing graduate students is strong engagement with methods and approaches in history and other disciplines, early and regular primary-source research and writing before the dissertation, inclusion of both geographic and comparative/thematic fields, sustained mentorship, and flexible career development.

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds--in countries of birth and education, work experience, age, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation--and  we value the rich diversity of experience they bring to the community and their studies.

In coursework and in research and writing, Illinois history graduate students have been exploring an extraordinary range and variety of topics, themes, and time periods.

Extracurricular colloquia, reading groups, lectures by visiting scholars, workshops, and other events keep faculty and students engaged with cutting-edge research and interpretation.

In sum, our goal is for every Illinois PhD to leave our program with the research record, teaching experience, and professional training necessary to succeed in the academic job market and beyond.

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For more information contact Prof. Mark D. Steinberg, Director of Graduate Studies,

Recent graduate student news:

Major national fellowships for 2017-2018 won by current students for their research and writing:

Fulbright fellowships: Marco Jaimes, Matthew Klopfenstein, Elizabeth Matsushita, and Peter Thompson

American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Peter Wright

In addition, five history graduate students students will be IPRH fellows next year, ten received FLAS fellowships, and one has a fellowship from the Lehmann center.


For information on recent PhDs awarded and recent postdoctoral fellowships and employment, see these items in the menu.