Potential graduate students who wish to be considered for funding through the History Department should indicate their interest by checking the appropriate place on the online admission application. Insofar as Department resources allow, all students who are admitted for fulltime study, except those who have secured external funding on their own, are provided with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). Foreign students whose native language is not English are eligible to hold a GTA, provided they meet the University's and the Department's standards for written and spoken English. Students are also encouraged to seek GTA positions in other deparments. Graduate students have successfully been appointed to positions in the Humanities and Western Civilization Department and the Environmental Studies Department.
Applicants who indicate that they are seeking Department funding will automatically be considered for nomination for University-wide fellowships and grants for entering graduate students if such funds are available. Graduate Studies offers a limited number of fellowships and supplemental scholarships for first-year students. Some are specifically reserved for minority students, and applicants who identify themselves as members of minority categories can be considered for these awards. Graduate students in African, East Asian and Russian/East European history are strongly urged to apply simultaneously for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships from the appropriate KU Area Studies centers. FLAS fellowships provide recipients with tuition remission and a stipend while they pursue their degree program and enroll in formal language study.
Students are often encouraged to apply for external, non-departmental funding beginning in their first year of study. Non-deparmental and external funding does not count towards departmental funding and have the extra benefit of allowing students more time for research and writing without the responsibility of teaching. Various sources of external funding are available to students. Discuss with your advisor the most suitable opportunities and specific time frame for external funding.
Below you will find a list of external and non-departmental funding sources. This is a general, non-comprehensive list. Students should seek funding opportunities specific to their field of study in coordination with their advisor.