Funding opportunities for graduate students offered through the History Department


  • Deadline for funding applications for the 2023-24 academic year is February 15, 2023
  • Assistantships, internships, and scholarships are awarded for one academic year only, beginning in the Fall Semester
  • All awards are subject to the availability of funding. Not all positions or scholarships will necessarily be offered every year. 

New Students

  • Via the same application portal, in the section labelled "Other," submit a letter of application for funding (separate from your personal statement) in which you indicate the funding source(s) for which you would like to be considered and why you would be a good fit for the position(s) indicated. This letter should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department. 
  • Request a third letter of recommendation (in addition to the two required for the basic application for admission) from a source (professor, academic mentor, etc.) who can speak to your potential for success in advanced studies and research in history.

Continuing Students

  • Submit a letter of application for funding in which you indicate the funding source(s) for which you would like to be considered and why you would be a good fit for the position(s) indicated. 
  • Request a letter of recommendation from a member of the UofL faculty who can speak to your progress in the degree program and your suitability for the position(s) for which you're applying. 
  • Both letters should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department and emailed to

Funding Opportunities 2023-24

    In the past the History Department has been able to fund a range of departmental assistantships and scholarships, and we hope to do so again in the future. At present, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has constrained the availability of departmental funding. Prospective and continuing students are encouraged to investigate alternative sources of financial aid that may be available through the Graduate School and/or the University's Financial Aid office. Keep in mind that some of the funding sources on the College, University, and Federal levels will all have their own application requirements and deadlines.

    Graduate Teaching Assistantship

    • One (1) Graduate Teaching Assistantship for graduate students in the Master of Arts program of the Department of History. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at the undergraduate level (in the case of incoming MA students) or a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher at the graduate level (in the case of continuing MA students). They should also have GRE scores of 300 combined for the verbal and quantitative sections and at least a 3.5 on the analytical writing part. Work load is 20 hours per week. The GTA will be assigned to assist a professor teaching one of the Cardinal Core courses (one course per semester). The exact determination of each GTA's responsibilities will be made by the GTA and his or her faculty supervisor, but GTAs may be called upon to teach discussion sections, grade written work submitted by students, assist in preparing and proctoring quizzes and tests, and be available to students in office hours. Recipients will receive 9 hours of tuition remission a semester, health insurance, and a stipend of $12,000 paid in ten equal installments beginning in August of the year of appointment.

    Part-Time Student and Recipient of Financial Aid?

    Please be aware that, if you are a financial aid recipient, have finalized your enrollment, and will be attending less-than full-time during the Fall and/or Spring semester, or you are projected less-than full-time enrollment for the spring semester and are attending full-time, you may have to submit this form to the financial aid office. You will be notified by Financial Aid.