The Department of History at the University of Illinois has an excellent record of support for graduate students--we do not expect students to fund their own graduate education. As long as students are making good and timely progress through the program, we are generally able to offer full support until the completion and defense of the dissertation. Financial support opportunities include fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships for underrepresented students. Many students also win external fellowships and grants.
When students are accepted into the program, offer letters detail the financial aid arrangements: these usually entail a fellowship for the first year and a guarantee of five years funding, though we are generally able to support students until completion. Almost all graduate students can expect at least two years of teaching assistantships. The department also provides pre-dissertation research funding as well as fellowships for dissertation travel and research. Additional sources of funding are available from the Graduate College. The Graduate College and the Office of External Fellowships are also an indispensable sources for finding external sources of funding.
Students accepted into our non-western History fields (Africa, Latin America, and Russia/East Europe) who are American citizens may apply for Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.
The Department of History does not usually provide summer funding for its students, apart from a small number of teaching opportunities. Students are encouraged to secure employment from other sources—many of which are listed by the Student Financial Aid Office or the Graduate College. International Students should consult the Office of International Student Affairs for further details regarding summer employment.
For detailed information, see "Financial Support" section for "Current Students."