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Financial Support

It is our goal to provide every student with the financial support they need to focus on their studies. All students admitted to the PhD program in history are provided with a six-year funding package consisting of full tuition, stipend, and medical and dental insurance.  

The plan combines six terms of fellowship support with six terms of appointment as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), as well as summer support during the first four years. Students who have advanced to candidacy may receive up to $10K funding for research, study, and travel, and all students are eligible for supplemental funding to attend conferences and prepare for the job market.

Beyond the sixth year, most graduate students in our program receive additional support for the time required to complete the dissertation, including teaching opportunities, departmental fellowships, and tuition-only fellowships. Funding is conditional upon satisfactory progress toward the degree and satisfactory fulfillment of teaching obligations.

Research Support

The University of Michigan offers many forms of research support for graduate students across different departments.  Rackham Graduate School provides opportunities for conference travel grants, research and travel funds, and specific programs for international research.  Our advanced graduate students have had substantial success securing generous multi-term fellowships from Rackham Graduate School, the U-M Institute for the Humanities and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.  Finally, many Area Studies Centers offer graduate student funding for research, travel, and language study; students should contact the appropriate center directly.

Students are also encouraged to apply for funding from outside sources. Such awards provide financial assistance and recognize our students' accomplishments and promise as researchers and teachers. To reward out students who secure external funding, the program provides health insurance and "top-up" fellowships to a level equal to what would have been received from the department for the period of time covered by the gran, if necessary.

History graduate students have secured grants from several prestigious external organizations, including the Fulbright FoundationJavits FoundationSocial Science Research CouncilMellon FoundationNational Science FoundationFord Foundation, and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) to name just a few.

Financial FAQs

Do I need to apply for funding as an incoming student?

All incoming students receive the same basic package of funding. No separate application is necessary.

Are international students eligible for fellowship funding?

Yes, all students admitted to our program will receive a six-year funding package, regardless of citizenship.

Do I need a separate application for the FLAS fellowship?

Yes, applicants should complete a FLAS application. This is separate from your graduate application. Refer to the FLAS website for more information. The FLAS application deadline is January 15th (11:59 p.m. EST). When completing the application, please list Susan Kaiser ( as the contact for History admissions so that your graduate application will be uploaded to your FLAS application.

When will I receive my first fellowship check?

Your fellowship stipend will be transferred into your personal bank account on the Friday before the start of the Fall term. The program will automatically enter tuition funding into your U-M account to pay for your courses.

Do you provide students with funding for research and attending conferences?

Yes. There are many sources of supplemental funding from the department and the graduate school.

  • summer research support
  • research study and travel grants
  • awards to students who are presenting a paper or a poster at a conference
  • funding for job searches